Long Pond, Thompson
The Wyndham Land Trust is pleased to announce the purchase of a 76-acre parcel along the Thompson, Webster line that includes Long Pond, a 20-acre natural body of water, and much of its surrounding wetlands. Long Pond is the source of the Five-Mile River that runs south through Thompson, Putnam, and Killingly before it joins the Quinebaug River in Danielson.
The purchase of the property was made possible through a grant provided by the Connecticut Wetland In-Lieu Fee (ILF) program which is administered by Audubon Connecticut in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Bafflin Foundation also contributed towards the purchase.
The acquisition of the Long Pond property ensures the protection of a number of wetland and watercourse resources in perpetuity. Some of these resources include unique wetland community types that have a limited distribution within the state of Connecticut, and the property supports flora and fauna identified as species of “Greatest Conservation Need” in the Connecticut’s DEEP’s State Wildlife Action Plan.
“This area has a high concentration of rare species,” explained Andy Rzeznikiewicz, the land trust’s land manager. “This is a significant acquisition, both for the land trust and for the region.”
Woodstock Property Saved From Development
In September of 2016, Woodstock residents Bet Zimmerman Smith and Patrick Smith donated a 58-acre property to the Wyndham Land Trust. The land, now called the Rocky Hill Refuge, sits on the highest point of Rocky Hill Road in Woodstock and is a combination of agricultural field and forest. A 12-lot subdivision had been approved on the lot some years ago, but Bet and Patrick were able to buy the land and convert the subdivision back into open space that will be protected into perpetuity by the land trust.
Some people don’t understand why we would make an investment like this,” said Bet. “As Jane Goodall once said: ‘You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.'"
The Wyndham Land Trust now preserves 2271 acres in over 50 preserves across ten towns in Northeast Connecticut. We couldn't do it without the support and the vision of people like Bet and Patrick.