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Land Trust keeps the ‘green’ in Greenwich

March 28, 2019

The Greenwich Land Trust is one of the many local organizations that help to keep our wonderful town green. We are lucky to have several groups that do just that. And it isn’t easy work, either.

The Land Trust is one of the finest organizations of the several devoted to keeping open spaces open.

In the past year, the Greenwich Land Trust ran its seed-to-seed initiative. This project “helps restore vital natural communities through the propagation of native seeds from plants on Land Trust preserves. In the first year they grew and planted more than 2,500 plants through the initiative.”

Then I was delighted to find out that more than 6 acres of native meadows at the Lapham, Mueller, and Valley Drive Preserve are available for taking nature hikes and enjoying the outdoor world right here in town.

This means so much to me after writing about the loss of land in town — especially meadows — for a long time. The meadow situation bothered me to no end. I became aware of the shortage while riding through the backcountry. I became more than aware of the fact that while there was considerable comment about trees and flowers, there was not much said about meadows. While riding, we enjoyed coming upon a meadow, and it seemed to me that there weren’t too many of them.

The Land Trust has restored more than 6 acres of them. I am so pleased that the lovely meadows are there to enjoy at the Lapham, Mueller and Valley Drive Preserves of the Greenwich Land Trust. I am delighted with the attention paid to the meadows.

Then, seek-no-further, northern spy and black oxford trees were planted at the Malkin Preserve through a partnership with the Greenwich Tree Conservancy. It is a newly established orchard that, according to the partnership, provides a living link to the town’s agricultural history.

In February 2018, the Land Trust received its reaccreditation, which strengthens it and its ability to hold land in perpetuity, according to Executive Director Will Kies and board President Matt Bostock.

I was most impressed to find that the Land Trust was reaccredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent nonprofit that serves as a supporting organization of the Land Trust Alliance.

It turns out the Greenwich Land Trust is one of only 25 accredited land trusts in Connecticut. The Greenwich Land Trust values this mark of distinction, which ensures that conservation work lasts forever.

I am pleased on behalf the Greenwich Land Trust, which is one of the main conservation organizations in town. I am extremely interested in the happenings of the Greenwich Land Trust, because the town is also recognized as a “Tree City USA,” one of only 15 such communities in the state.

We must try to be as helpful as we can to our conservation groups. What would we do without them?

Greenwich native Norma Bartol, a former Greenwich Time reporter and columnist, lives in the backcountry.