On Saturday, September 25, The Land Trust’s property no. 19 was the site of an informational nature walk led by Master Gardener, Donna Katsuranis. The purpose of the walk was to help participants learn to identify the various plants, shrubs and trees native to the area and also invasive.
The Land Trust of Danbury is proud to continue its relationship with The Volunteer Center serving Western CT. This Summer, TLTOD had the wonderful opportunity to partner with the Volunteer Center’s Youth Volunteer Corps “Summer of Service” by planning and running a three-day-long educational and volunteer program for 11-17 year olds living in the Greater Danbury area. From July 27th to 29th, 20 Youth Corps “Summer of Service” volunteers participated in training to be Land Trust Monitors. Exercises conducted were designed around fieldwork that Monitors do. For general monitoring, the group walked properties and checked for signs of trespass, encroachments, fire, vandalism, hunting, etc., and then filled out forms documenting their observations. They also took photos of everything they inventoried and documented. The information collected will be entered into the The Land Trust’s ConservationTrak™ database.
The program was highly successful and great fun for all participants!
DANBURY, Conn., August 19, 2010 – The Land Trust of Danbury announced it has received a grant of $2,500 from the Meserve Fund. The grant will help The Land Trust complete a comprehensive land management plan begun last year with a grant from the Meserve Fund.
The Land Trust’s land management plan has involved conducting baseline surveys of The Land Trust’s properties; designing and developing a plan for ongoing stewardship of the properties and creating composite geographic information systems (GIS) mapping of all the properties to aid land acquisition planning, visual review, presentation and assessment of the holdings.
According to Bill Montgomery, president of The Land Trust, “Over the past 39 years, our land stewardship responsibilities have grown to 19 properties and 217 acres. Increasingly we have recognized the need for accurate cataloging and mapping of the properties in our charge. The grants from Danbury’s Meserve Fund have helped us fulfill that need.”
Creation of the database, mapping and other aspects of the project are being conducted under direction of The Land Trust by the Brawley Consulting Group.
The Meserve Fund was established in 1978, to manage and distribute $3 million left to greater Danbury by noted arborist Albert Wadsworth Meserve and his wife Helen. Since its inception, the Meserve Fund has benefited over 100 community groups with 710 grants and 290 area students with 487 scholarships.
The Brawley Consulting Group provides land conservation and management services to area land trusts and specializes in habitat restoration, trail design and construction, geographic information systems mapping, property management plans and baseline documentation.
May 27, 2010 – The Land Trust of Danbury announced it has received a grant of $25,000 from The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation. This is the third consecutive year The Land Trust has been the beneficiary of the Foundation’s generous support.
“This grant, added to the funding we have received from others, will help us complete several major initiatives we have planned for this year,” said Bill Montgomery president of The Land Trust. “It will also help us realize our goal to conserve over 1000 acres of land in Danbury”, Montgomery continued. The Land Trust currently protects and manages 217 acres of donated lands and conservation easements.
The grant application submitted to the Foundation, besides noting some lands identified for possible conservation, also highlighted the retention of a land management expert to conduct a baseline review of The Land Trust’s properties, conduct surveys as needed and mark boundaries to facilitate better stewardship of the properties under The Land Trust’s care. It included a draft copy of an Organizational Assessment that was conducted based on Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices. It noted how The Land Trust’s first fund-raising event, held in October 2009, and its first city-wide direct mail campaign produced significant donations and new memberships. With the support of The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, it is expected that The Land Trust will be able to continue its current rate of growth ansd potentially achieve accreditation within the next 18 to 24 months.
The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation was established in 1999 as a private family foundation committed to enhancing the quality of life in its communities through grants to qualifying charitable organizations. The Foundation focuses its support in eight sectors: Community Services, Danbury Area Projects, Education, Land Conservation, Medical Care: Domestic, Medical Care: Global, Selected Projects and Discretionary.
Anyone can now join The Land Trust, renew membership or make a donation online with a major credit card or by establishing an account with PayPal. Just go to our Join Us page and select your preferred membership level and/or enter your donation amount and click on “Pay Now”. You will be transferred to the secure PayPal online processing center to complete your transaction.