Pomfret’s wildlife habitat just got a helping hand thanks to the acquisition of land by the Wyndham Land Trust.
The 9.5-acre property acquired by the Wyndham Land Trust sits on Harrisville Road in Pomfret and is adjacent to their existing Aicher and Holzer preserves. The three parcels combine to protect a total of 220 acres of valuable forest and farmland in the heart of Pomfret.
The property belonged to Pomfret realtor Cici Cole who passed away in December of 2019. Local residents were alarmed when For Sale signs appeared in May, and they realized that the fragile habitat could quickly be replaced by house lots. The neighbors banded together with conservation-minded citizens of Windham County, the Town of Pomfret, friends of Bird Conservation Research Inc., and the Wyndham Land Trust to raise the funds to purchase the property.
“It was heartening to see the community pull together in a short period of time to protect this valuable land,” said Wyndham Land Trust President Mike St Lawrence. “It was an example of how a group of people with a common vision can make a difference. Future generations will thank them for their foresight.”
“Through acquisition of this land, a contiguous band of natural habitat now exists,” said Bird Conservation Research Director Robert Craig. “The importance of parcel size for the protection of wildlife has been demonstrated by multiple studies and is a key principle in the field of conservation biology.”
The land trust recognizes the importance of local agriculture and plans to preserve the open fields that cover much of the new property.
“We will work with a local farmer to keep the large field in hay,” said Andy Rzeznikiewicz, the land manager for the land trust. “In the small field we will work with the American Chestnut Foundation and the State University of New York to raise chestnut trees that might show resistance to the blight that decimated them across the country 100 years ago.”
Free webinar by the Southeast New England Network Webinar Series
Building the Case for Green Infrastructure: The Value of Nature
Wednesday, August 12th 1:00pm- 2:00pm EST
Webinar Description: Nature provides us with many services, from wildlife habitat to recreation opportunities. But beyond its intrinsic value, nature also provides measurable benefits to humans in the form of nature-based solutions to some of our most pressing environmental problems, including climate change. In this webinar, Mass Audubon will present a case for green infrastructure focused on the financial and health benefits of natural areas. We will share a new project on the Value of Nature, namely a set of five fact sheets on the value that Forests, Coastal areas, Wetlands & Waterways, Grasslands & Farmland, and Urban Green Space provide to people, and a new report on the economic importance of natural resources in the Narragansett Bay Watershed. We will describe examples of the use of green infrastructure vs. traditional infrastructure in local communities, focusing on the cost savings opportunities of using nature first. Lastly, we will share other economic resources available to communities to help support the use of green infrastructure. Objectives: – Put an economic value on nature’s ability to improve public health and build climate resilience – Use fact sheets to make the case for land protection and urban green space – Learn about other economic resources available to local communities to help support the use of green infrastructure. Presenters: Paige Dolci is Mass Audubon’s Central/MetroWest Regional Coordinator for the Shaping the Future of Your Community program. Her primary role is performing outreach and providing technical assistance to municipalities with high rates of development in support of sustainable planning and nature-based solutions for climate resilience. Through previous roles like TerraCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator with Sudbury Valley Trustees, she has experience engaging local communities and organizations on topics like open space protection and urban pollinator habitat. Paige studied environmental science and policy at Boston University. Register here: register.gotowebinar.com/register/5235347014163800332... See MoreSee Less
If you missed the special presentation at yesterday's TRBP meeting, Andrew J Kowalczk, Hydrologic Technician from the USGS New York Water Science Center Zoomed from update New York to give us a presentation on Edge-of-Field Nutrient and Sediment Monitoring in the Genesee River Watershed, New York. Here is the link to his presentation. youtu.be/TK0zTu6xKiY... See MoreSee Less
How is your water clarity? Has your lake association ever participated in the annual Secchi dip-in? If not, this is the year to participate for the first time.
What is the Secchi dip-in? The Secchi Dip-In is a demonstration of the potential of volunteer monitors to gather environmentally important information on our lakes, rivers, and estuaries. Volunteers, using secchi disks, have been submitting information during the annual Dip-In since 1994. The annual secchi dip-in is part of an international effort to track changes in water quality! More info on the secchi dip in at this link. www.nalms.org/secchidipin/
If you have never collected data with a secchi disk before, please watch this instructional video. www.nalms.org/secchidipin/. If you have never used a secchi disk, I request you practice before going out on your lake to collect data. The Lake Stewards of Maine have conveniently produced an online secchi disk simulator you can use free of charge to practice your secchi disk reading skills. www.lakestewardsofmaine.org/secchi-simulator/secchi-disk-p5js/index.html. Be sure to take the time to read the instructions available at the link on their simulator page.
Hurry! Time is running out. The data needs to be collected during the month of July. If you have previously collected Secchi disk data this month, it is okay to use that data. #secchidipin ... See MoreSee Less
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 (tomorrow) is the virtual Summer TRBP metting. A special guest presenter from the USGS in upstate New York will be giving a presentation on a project where edge of field monitoring data was collected concurrently with tile drain leachate sampling. For those involved with Agriculture BMPs, you will find the outcomes of this study worth considering in your future planning work.
Contact TRBP@Comcast.net to register for this meeting before 5 PM today and you will be sent the meeting login information in time to join the meeting at 9:30 AM on Tuesday morning. ... See MoreSee Less