Over 50 people of all ages turned out on a beautiful day to celebrate the ribbon-cutting opening of the new fully accessible boardwalk at the north end of the Wimisink Swamp Preserve on Route 39 North in Sherman. From two month old Eben Gifford to two native Shermanites in their 80's, Roger Munch and Carl Josephson, all enjoyed the length of the boardwalk and the view across the swamp to the beaver lodges and the two lengths of beaver dams. After the ribbon cutting jointly by Naromi's president Marge Josephson, First Selectman Clay Cope, Land Manager Hunter Brawley, State Senator Mike McLachlan, and State Representative Richard Smith, all followed Catharine Munch as she inaugurated the first wheelchair use of the boardwalk.
This project was made possible by a grant from the fund created by GE as part of the clean-up of PCBs in the Housatonic River. The Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Iroquois Gas and Pipeline Company have funded several stewardship projects in and around the preserve. Nancy Ferlow, Fernando Rincon, and Diane Blais from NRCS (see above photo with NLT sign) and Ruth Parkins from Iroquois were there to celebrate with us.
The boardwalk is open for use by the public from dawn to dusk each day. Dogs must be on leash and loud noises avoided so wildlife are not disturbed. The land trust requests that viewing be only from the road and the boardwalk; wetlands are too fragile to tolerate foot traffic. Parking should be only in the graded area, off of Route 39. One section is reserved for handicapped parking. A short walk south along the highway is a trail leading to a small observation platform which gives a view of another section of the Wimisink Preserve. Please contact the land trust if you have questions, concerns or special observations to report: 860-354-0260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In honor of Earth Day, we just posted material on our Resource page about invasives. Click here to check it out!
Celebrate Earth Day with us! Naromi Land Trust will be having the formal opening of its new Boardwalk in the Wimisink Swamp Preserve tomorrow, April 22nd at 1 pm. It will be held at the site at the north end of Route 39 North in Sherman (just before Route 55).
This project was made possible by a grant from the fund created by GE as part of the clean-up of PCBs in the Housatonic River. The fund is administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the CT DEEP. Town Commissions have also played a part in the process. We would like to have all of the parts of government, as well as the public see the result of all of the planning.
Check out the article about the project, with more construction photos, in the Danbury News-Times.
The Towner Hill Frog Frolic Redux
Saturday, April 6th @ 2Pm
The frogs and amphibians are awake and singing their mating songs! So off we go again up to the top of Towner Hill to see the spring awakening. Meet and park at The White Silo Farm where we will carpool to the trail head. Allow 2 hours for this moderate degree of difficulty hike and PLEASE leave your dogs at home because they scare the frogs. Children are welcomed and encouraged to come! Call the office (860) 354-0260 for updates due to inclement weather.
The Bear Reality
Saturday, April 13th 4-6PM At the JCC , 9 Route 39 South, Sherman
Everything you wanted to know about bears but were afraid to ask!
Come hear Master Conservationist and life-long bear enthusiast Felicia Ortner discuss bear lifestyle, physiology, behavior and natural history. Learn more about the black bear – rarely aggressive toward humans – and find out which precautions you can take to keep bears away from your trashcans, compost heaps, beehives and bird feeders. Please call the JCC at (860) 355-8050 or Naromi at (860)354-0260 for more information.
Free admission, donation requested
Co-sponsored by the Naromi Land Trust and the JCC in Sherman
The Moe Preserve Hike
Sunday, April 14th 1 PM
The Moe Preserve is a little know and rarely visited 38 acre preserve at the west end of Chapel Hill Road on the New York line. The bordering land in
Pawling is under preservation agreements with other groups thus Moe is part of a much larger ecologically valuable area at the upstream end of the
New York City watershed. Its drainage area eventually flows into Timber Lake and Quaker Brook in Sherman. More detailed information to come.
Earth Day Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, April 20 & 22
Naromi is planning a Grand Opening Ceremony for the Wimisink Preserve Boardwalk. Stay tuned for more details!
Annual Frog Frolic at Towner Hill on March 17th
A great group of 17 met on March 17th to walk up Towner Hill and enjoy views to east, south, and west, as well as the open oak woods. The early spring frogs, however, decided it was still winter and were neither seen nor heard. As soon as there are a few warm nights their sounds should be in vernal pools everywhere. The trail to Towner Hill's large vernal pool area is open to go on your own or call if you would like a guide for your visit (860-354-0260).
Snowshoe/Cross Country Ski Hike: A Great Success!
Photo by Board Member Chris Jellen
Sunday, February 10th was a perfect day with plenty of sunshine and snow for the 14
intrepid snowshoe and x/country skiers that came out! The rolling fields with beautifulopen views to north and west were still a site to behold, though a bit different in October when our annual picnic is held there. Thanks to all who came out to make it a great day!
Naromi Mentioned in Wall Street Journal
On January 18, Naromi Land Trust was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, along with Metropolitan Museum of Art, in an article entitled "IRA Donations Get a Break; New Rules Reinstate Tax Treatment for Gifts to Charity." Naromi was referenced as an action oriented organization due to our efforts to keep you informed of the most updated tax legislation. Given the number of appeals being made surrounding the fiscal cliff, it's nice to know we stood out!To learn more please contact your tax professional.
Field Trip to View the Eagles
The field trip to the Shepaug Dam organized by Naromi Land Trust went extremely well even given the foggy conditions this past Saturday morning. Not only were there a fair amount of eagles, both adult and immature, but they were very active. It was not uncommon to see four or five eagles in one eye shot as they were fishing! There was a naturalist on hand to answer questions said that occasionally a school of fish would get swept thru the dam - "lunch is served"...This trip was sold out several days in advance. Please contact the office at 860-354-0260 or email@example.com if you are interested in another trip to the Shepaug Dam organized by Naromi. For more information on the eagles at the Shepaug Dam visit http://www.shepaugeagles.info/.
Hike at the Red Pine Area of the Pootatuck State Forest 1/6/13
Thank you to our Dedicated Volunteers!
Over the past couple years, particularly after the major storms, the Brooklands Preserve has enjoyed anonymous stewardship and maintenance. At long last we have learned the identity of the Brooklands steward-the Rev. Paul Astbury. Naromi is grateful to Rev. Astbury to have kept the trails clear and available for use for all of us!
Naromi would also like to thank Dave Rogers and his crew for clearing a tangle of trees that were brought down by Storm Sandy at the Strauss Preserve.
During 2012 the Naromi Board of Directors has been at work on Strategic Planning. During this process we revised our Mission Statement, and here we present it to you:
The Mission of Naromi Land Trust is to conserve and protect the natural resources of Sherman, including wildlife habitats, water quality, agricultural lands and scenic vistas, for the benefit of, and use by, current and future generations.
Naromi is a Sherman community institution. The Board of Directors of Naromi Land Trust is currently instituting a new committee structure of management, which will include more members in our ongoing work.
Throughout the year, we provide a robust program of hikes, workdays, educational, and community events for Sherman families and the general public. Our goal is to get people out on the land and water to see the beauty and recreational opportunities available in and around our town. Take a look at the enclosed summary of highlights of Naromi activities including volunteer workdays, stewardship projects, hikes and events over the past year!
Naromi Land Trust manages more than 1,200 acres and helped protect another 600 acres; more than 12.5% of Sherman’s land mass. There are thirteen preserves with trails, and more than twenty other open space preserves--we open as many of our holdings as feasible to the public for recreational enjoyment. Other areas are in active agriculture, like the many fields in hay production throughout town, or scenic.
Naromi needs your support as a member. We work hard to provide as much value as possible for our community with the membership funds we receive. In fact, 82% of all the income we receive goes directly towards our programs, with only 18% going to administration and insurance. Please support Naromi in 2012-2013 by renewing your membership or becoming a new member. Be as generous as you can to help us add trails, parking areas and expand our stewardship in Sherman. We enclose a response envelope for your convenience.
The Naromi Land Trust Board and staff join me in wishing you a joy-filled holiday season.
Marge Josephson President
Report Storm Damage
As you get out on Naromi trails in the coming weeks, please report any damage or fallen trees or debris blocking trails to the Naromi office at 860-354-0260 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a big help to us to keep the trails clear and in good shape after storm events like Hurricane Sandy.
Many thanks to the work of the many volunteers who made this year's Naromi picnic such a success at the Lake Mauweehoo Club. Set up, serving, clean up -- all went smoothly.
We had over a hundred during the course of the event -- really amazing on a cool raw day; the most we have ever had for a rainy day picnic. The cooks, as always, did a great job - lots of compliments on the hamburgers - and that is a tough assignment since the attendees come in batches. Many good salads and great desserts kept showing up.... just when you think they are gone, more arrive.
The Picnic will be held at the Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse this Sunday!!!
Annual Picnic Family Checklist
A comfy blanket
A folding chair
A dessert, or a salad.... (anything is welcome!)
A kite (don't forget the string!)
A football or soccer ball....
Friends who may not yet know about Naromi!
Naromi's annual Picnic is just around the corner on October 7 starting at 12-noon. This is a great event for families and a great opportunity to meet the folks in the community who love Naromi as much as you do! Click here for the event page.
Check out this video on our Facebook page of the rat snake hikers encountered at the Roger Perry Preserve. Take a look at the latest edition of Naromi eNews for more photos and details about this great hike. Just click on the link above.
NFSAW Dog Walk at Mallory Preserve
The New Fairfield/Sherman Animal Welfare Society held its first annual Dog Walk and Pet Fair on August 18th. Naromi Board members manned a information table and directed dogs and walkers to the Mallory Trail. Naromi sponsored several dogs, identified by a green scarf, as modeled by intrepid Peg.
Naromi Land Trust would like to thank the following volunteers and supporters for extraordinary service in the past year. Naromi would not be able to do our important work without the generosity of volunteers.
Naromi Members July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012
Outgoing Board Member
Dan Leary, Director
John Allen, Anonymous, Tim Beatty, Pat Corrigan, Dave Cronin, Angela Dimmitt, Jen Freed, Bill Garrison, Eric Gorman, Stan Greenbaum, Ian Gribble, Roger Hibbert, Bob Iannucci, Chris Jellen, Erick Jellen, Marge Josephson, Mary Kaley, Justin Korsant, Philip Korsant, Dennis Larkin, Dan Leary, Daniel Leary, Rob McConaghy, Kathy Miville, Laeri Nast, Sam Nast, James Pollack, Mac Rand, David Roberts, Rep. Richard Smith, Stephanie Warren, Robin Zitter
Organizations and Businesses
Great Blue Outfitters
Sherman Historical Society
White Silo Farm & Winery
There are surely people who deserve to be on this list who may have been inadvertently left off. We apologize for any unfortunate omission. We are grateful to the countless others who support Naromi!
Naromi's Annual Meeting on July 13th
It was a packed room on a hot night a the Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse for the Naromi Land Trust Annual Meeting. Marge Josephson presided and welcomed the group. Bill Garrison presented a financial report (click here to see a summary). After the election of Board members (see below for more on that), Marge delivered a report of highlights of the past year's activities:
Naromi held more than 20 events during the past year including hikes, volunteer stewardship workdays, its second paddling trip, and the Annual Picnic and Annual Meeting. Naromi also held its second annual celebration of Earth Day in April with a volunteer workday in the morning, hike in the afternoon and a cocktail party in the evening. More than 300 people participated in Naromi events in 2012.
Naromi has focused on the ongoing restoration of Babbling Brook Farm. During the past year two failing culverts were removed from the streamcourse and a third was replaced with a more adequately sized culvert. Ongoing invasives eradication and native plantings continued with a large team of volunteers who dedicated a morning in April and planted more than 125 native riparian plants in a few hours. On other preserves Naromi has been working to maintain its existing trails, clearing downed trees and invasives and re-routing badly eroded sections.
The Paddle on the Great Swamp was a great success! The trip sold out days in advance. A large group of boaters spent more than two hours exploring this nearby treasure, and only Chris Jellen got wet. It was in service of helping folks around some obstacles, not a capsize!
Have you made your reservation to join us on the Great Swamp?
Naromi is leading and organizing a paddling trip on the Great Swamp with help from Great Blue Outfitters on June 30th. Check out the event page for more info.
Get Your Ducks in a Row: Mark Your Calendar for the NLT Annual Meeting July 13th
Bird is the word at Naromi's Annual Meeting on July 13 at the Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse. We will welcome Lauren Coyle, of the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy and her Avian Ambassadors, in this case ducks. These Ambassadors are living and breathing examples of biodiversity. We will learn how the different species have adapted to a variety of habitats and diets. At the end of the program, participants will have a chance to get even closer to the ducks and even touch them. There will also be a brief business meeting and a report of Naromi's work over the past year. Join us at 5:30 for twilight on the lake and light refreshments. Program starts at 6.
Hike on the New AT Boardwalk: A Great Day to Walk on Water
On June 9th a large group of folks from Sherman, New Fairfield and Wingdale/Dover gathered in Pawling to walk the newly finished Appalachian Trail Boardwalk. The group observed the turtle crossings of the tracks (an ongoing project to help turtles cross the railroad tracks, instead of getting trapped in between). The group then looked at the beaver lodge and ever-expanding beaver-created pond next to the boardwalk (it is now almost a foot higher on three sides than the surrounding swamp). It was a great day to walk on water!
Birding with Naromi 2012
With the help of Angela Dimmitt, expert on birds, the group saw and/or heard 58 species of birds despite the cloudy and later misty morning. Highlights were Great Egret and Green Heron at Wimisink swamp area (unusual to see each of these). In the more upland fields and woods at the Strauss Preserve the group found Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, 4 kinds of vireos and 11 kinds of warblers. The spring migratory season is great for birding because so many species are on the move and singing, and because it is easier to locate the birds because the trees are not yet fully leafed out.
More Spring migrant species have been arriving every day, so keep your eyes and ears open for them. Hummingbirds will be looking for the feeders in the same locations as last year. If you make a visit to the Wimisink area, be stealthy on your approach to the observation platform and you may be rewarded with a glimpse of the wood ducks, mallards, and black ducks.
Check out this nice article on the planting at Babbling Brook Farm on State Rep. Smith's website.
Earth Day 2012
On Saturday, April 21st Naromi organized the best celebration of Earth Day in Sherman yet. There were events all over Sherman for every age from 8 to 80+.
First, an eager team of volunteers descended on Babbling Brook Farm to help plant native wetland plants as part of Naromi’s Earth Day Celebration. The planting was part of the on-going restoration of Babbling Brook that has been funded by a $60,000 NRCSWildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) grant. One special guest was State Representative Richard Smith (R, Danbury) who helped plant a tree in honor of Earth Day.
Last fall Naromi removed two failing stream culverts in the brook and replaced a third under the watchful eye of NRCS Resource Conservationist Todd Bobowick. In the fall of 2009 Naromi began clearing invasive plants from the floodplain surrounding the stream and with the help of these willing volunteers able to plant 125 native plants and trees on the site in a few hours . This work would never have been possible without two incredible volunteers: Robin Zitter who graciously to do the planting plan and order the plant material, and Tim Beatty who donated a full day with an excavator to remove large invasive plants.
Also on Saturday Naromi led a hike at the Mallory Trail and had a social event with wine-tasting at White Silo Farm. Guests enjoyed the wine and nibbles by White Silo Farm & Winery, a behind the scenes tour of White Silo, music of Doug Mahard, and were challenged to say Naromiyocknowhusunkatankshunk. Naromi's name is derived from the Naromiyocknowhusunkatankshunk Brook, a native American name meaning “water from the hills…”
Hike at Cranberry Mountain
A group of Sherman folks, and a few from New Fairfield, came out on April 15, 2012 to enjoy an easy hike at Cranberry Mountain just over the state border in New York.
Volunteers Help Naromi Land Trust
A Herrick Trail section was re-routed on March 22nd. The storms of the last few years had washed out part of the connector section between the river overlook and the Appalachian Trail. Volunteers are Hunter Brawley, Chris Jellen, Stephanie Warren, Marge Josephson from Naromi and David Roberts, Dave Cronin, Bob Iannucci, Roger Hibbert, Mary Kaley, Kathy Miville from Western CT AMC Western CT Appalachian Mountain Club members often combine the Herrick Trail with their hike on the AT from
Bulls Bridge to Route 55 (see photos). In two hours, with chain saws, loppers, and rakes, the ten created a new trail section to replace a badly eroded one. A fantastic job well done! Take a walk on the Herrick Trail, enjoy the view north up the Housatonic and then go uphill along the new section to the junction with the AT. (map can be downloaded on the Properties page).
Then, as part of the Sherman Annual Road Clean Up Day on March 24th, Ian Gribble and his Spring Lake Garden Design crew pitched in to help Naromi clean up numerous items that had been dumped along Wagon Wheel Road between the roadway and the stream and wetlands at the far north end of Squantz Pond. Into the truck bed were pulled up cushions, bed springs, tiles, old boot, a bicycle, plastic compound buckets, several tires, as well as scattered bottles and cans. Many Kudos to Ian Gribble, Samuel Castillo, Miguel Tenesaca and Hunter Brawley for their hard work.
Brookland Preserve trails were hard hit with downed trees from the storms of 2011. These have been cleared recently. Naromi and all who walk through that preserve send our thanks to the Mr or Ms Anonymous who did such a remarkable job!
Egg Masses at Towner Hill 3/20/12
Frog Frolic Hike March 18th
On Sunday March 18th, twenty-one people came out on a spectacular almost-Spring afternoon and were witness to a robust chorus of quacking from wood frogs and chirping peepers.
The frogs at Towner Hill had just begun to sing last Sunday afternoon, helped by the warm temperatures. Sixteen people joined hike leader Marge Josephson to hike the trail from White Silo to the vernal pools atop Towner Hill.
Here is a video of the youngest enthusiast enjoying the chorus.
Early Spring Work Day March 10th
Robin Zitter operates a chainsaw and Rob McConaghy helps clear the brush at Irene's Woods. The downed trees were a result of the fall storms.
John Allen, Bill Garrison, and Marge Josephson spent several hours clearing barberry from the borders of Hadlow fields. The left image is before, the right image is after.
Winter Hike February 19th
A group of 32 people and 3 dogs came out on a spectacular February day!
Winter Hike January 15th
A small group of hardy folks came out on a cold day to hike Irene's Woods on January 15th.
Seeking Board Members
Naromi seeking new Board Members to join our team! We're looking for a few dedicated individuals passionate about conservation in Sherman who are ready to roll up their sleeves behind the scenes. Contact the office if you are interested - we would love to hear from you!
Threats in Your Garden
Even though we have more months of winter to endure, its not too early to start thinking about invasives and your garden. In case you missed it - check out this editorial published in the Litchfield County Times on January 12 entitled " Boxwood Threat a Yawn? No Way".
Naromi's Annual Membership Drive
Naromiyocknowhusunkatankshunk! Naromi Land Trust derives its name from this 29-letter American Indian name for the lovely brook in the north end of Sherman. It means "water flowing from the hills."
Naromi Land Trust provides the community with opportunities for passive recreation, nature observation and education on our thirteen preserves with trails, and more than twenty other open space preserves. With these holdings comes enormous responsibility. Unlike other kinds of non-profits, land trusts, including Naromi, have promised to shoulder their preservation responsibilities in perpetuity.
In order to keep this promise, Naromi needs your support as a member. Your membership helps us to protect the scenic and natural resources throughout Sherman, and to preserve the rural character of our community. Please be on the lookout for Naromi's annual membership appeal in your mailbox, or become a member by contributing online today!
Click here for an updated map of Naromi's holdings, including descriptions of several featured hikes.
Thank you to all those who came to Naromi's Annual Community Picnic!
Special thanks to everyone who volunteered and who brought a side dish or dessert to share. It was a beautiful day atop Hadlow Fields at Kemp's Meadow. About 125 folks came out to enjoy the views, the turtles, the food and the kite-flying.
Naromi's Fall Family Picnic - October 9th noon to 3 pm
Celebrate the spirit of fall at the Naromi Land Trust’s Annual Fall Picnic on Sunday, October 9, at 12 PM high atop the Hadlow Fields in Sherman. This spectacular setting has one of the most glorious views in northern Fairfield County. This is always a wonderful community event, open to all. Come enjoy fall colors, kite flying, a hike, and the views.
If the weather is warm enough (70 degrees minimum) or rainy (so the Picnic is held indoors at the Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse), John Foley will bring his turtles to the Picnic. John was the presenter at our Annual Meeting this year and brought his turtles there. Many folks got to get up close and personal with these incredible creatures. This will be a real treat for those who missed it the first time or who would like to spend more time with them. Scroll down on this page to see photos from the Annual Meeting and of the turtles themselves.
Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs will be cooked on site and beverages will be provided. We ask that guests bring, if possible, a salad or dessert to share. The Hadlow Fields are reached off of Cozier Hill Road (0.3 mile east of Rte. 37 or 0.8 mile west of Rte. 39). In the event of inclement weather, the location will be the Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse at the intersection of Route 37 and Leach Hollow Road.
Please call the Naromi office at 860-354-0260 to RSVP, with any questions, or if you would like to volunteer to help; or email us at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
Streambank Restoration at Babbling Brook Farm
With funding from the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP), a program of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Naromi has been working to restore the streambanks of Babbling Brook. This effort is part of Naromi's revitalization of Babbling Brook Farm. The project began with removal of invasives and other debris in 2009, continues this year with mowing, and now removal of two failing culverts and replacement of a third with a more adequate one. The project has been overseen by Todd Bobowick, a fisheries expert with NCRS. The new culvert design will help prevent erosion and keep high water within the floodplain.
Above, several members of Naromi's Board visiting the replaced culvert at Babbling Brook Farm; Bill McGoldrick, Chris Theodoros, Chris Jellen, and Marge Josephson, and Hunter Brawley, Land Manager (center). Photos from throughout the project below.
Wimisink Boardwalk Project
Naromi has been awarded a grant from the Housatonic River Basin Natural Resources Restoration Project to build a boardwalk for education, including wildlife and plant study/observation, and passive recreation for anyone and everyone. The grant is administered by CT DEEP, US Fish & Wildlife Service and NOAA. The project has been permitted by Sherman Land Use Commissions and construction is planned for Fall 2012.
As a part of the planning and study for this project, Naromi hired a butterfly expert to survey the Wimisink Wildlife Sanctuary. Here is the list of species present there: Spicebush Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Summer Azure, Pearl Crescent, American Lady, Little Wood Satyr, EYED BROWN, Silver-spotted Skipper, Peck's Skipper, European Skipper, Least Skipper, Great Spangled Fritillary, Little Glassy Wing, Dun Skipper, Black Swallowtail, Summer Azure, Monarch, Delaware Skipper, Hobomok Skipper, Dion Skipper, Orange Sulphur, and Viceroy. We featured photos of many of these taken in Northern Sherman by Dennis Larkin in the July 2010 edition of Naromi eNews.
The EYED BROWN is listed as a Species of Special Concern by the state. The population at Wimisink was viewed with frequency and ease and the expert considers the preserve to be a state stronghold of the species. The Dion Skipper is listed as a Threatened Species. This species is difficult to observe, so the location of even a single individual among the extensive favorable habitat suggests a viable population.
Odonates, or insects including dragonflies and damselflies, were not surveyed in detail, but the following species (all expected in the habitat) were noted during the butterfly work: Ebony Jewelwing, Common Spreadwing, Swamp Spreadwing, Eastern Forktail, Fragile Forktail, Variable Dancer, Common Green Darner, Easterm Amberwing, Blue Dasher, Eastern Pondhawk, Spangled Skimmer, Slaty Skimmer, Common Whitetail, Twelve-spotted Skimmer, Widow Skimmer, Halloween Pennant, Cherry-faced Meaowhawk, Dot-tailed Whiteface, and Black Saddlebags.
Thank you to everyone who came to our Annual Meeting!
Fifty people came out on a rainy evening to learn about Naromi's activities during the past fiscal year and learn about turtles from John Foley.Naromi elected Christopher Jellen, Elizabeth Mard, William McGoldrick all for another three-year term, and Chris Theodoros was elected for his first three-year term. We will include a profile of Chris here soon. The Board would like to express gratitude to outgoing Board members John Allen and David Schneiderbeck for their years of service to NLT. Here are Minutes from the Annual Meeting. We are grateful to the community for their support!
Thirty intrepid paddlers came out on the morning of June 19th to paddle the waters of the Great Swamp. The group met at 8 am, was outfitted by Great Blue Outfitters and was on the water by 9am. The trip took about two hours and fun was had by all. The group was too large and raucous to observe much wildlife. And everyone stayed dry!
More than thirty people came to hike the trails in Great Hollow on Trails Day spanning ages and species (a few leashed dogs joined in). The group managed to stay together and had a great time!
EARTH DAY EVENTS APRIL 16, 2011
Seven dedicated volunteers came out on the morning of April 16, 2011 to the Kemp's Meadow section of Hadlow Fields. They cut invasive vines and shrubs, cleared underbrush to free apple trees, neatly piled the brush and raked the area. Kemp's Meadow was named for a much loved and missed friend of Naromi who served as a Board member and Treasurer. This meadow is the site of Naromi's Annual Picnic in October.
Close to seventy people came to the cocktail party in the evening on April 16th. The big room at the Jewish Community Center was beautifully decorated by Liz Munch Mard. The hors d'oerves were expertly prepared John Allen and Stephanie Warren, who were yeomen for the evening, and served by volunteers led by Margaret Cook. The Silent Auction offered many desirable items, including terrific wildlife photos, gift certificates to local nurseries, garden clean-up and coaching, and native plants. (See below for a list of individuals and businesses who generously donated to the auction.) Naromi is grateful to all who participated in our celebration of Earth Day!
Auction Donors Bloomingfields Farm, Claire's Garden Center, Angela Dimmitt, Friend of Naromi, Marge Josephson & Dennis Larkin, New Milford Agway, Scott's Landscaping & Nursery, Spring Lake Garden Design, and Victoria Taft's Garden
Frog Frolics at Towner Hill
Eight people gathered to hike up Towner Hill on Tuesday March 22, 2011 to bear witness and observe the Spring activities of wood frogs. It was a cold day and the frogs were shy. The group did see some egg masses, evidence of their activity and purple skunk cabbage turbans poking up through the thawed ground. Then on Saturday March 26, 2011 a group of 14 gathered to try again. It was a warmer sunny day, but with biting winds. The frogs were much more active and the egg masses were plentiful. The also saw Red-backed Salamanders migrating near the vernal pool. While you are outdoors, keep you ears open to the sounds of wood frogs and soon, the chorus of peepers.
Wood Frogs at Towner Hill!
Click here to see a video of the vernal pool at Towner Hill and hear the Spring chorus of the wood frogs.
Tax Incentive Extended
The US Congress has renewed a federal tax incentive for conservation easements. This incentive has lead to significant conservation work all across the country. The incentive raises the deduction a donor can take for donating a voluntary conservation agreement from 30% of their income in any year to 50%, allows farmers and ranchers to deduct up to 100% of their income; and increases the number of years over which a donor can take deductions from 6 to 16 years. More information is available from Land Trust Alliance.
Naromi Highlights from 2010
Please click here for a list of highlights from 2010. Click here for an archive of our eNewsletter.
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