News and Events
Capital Campaign Begins for Purchase of Two Nearwater Lane, Rowayton, CT
Norwalk Land Trust is in the process of finalizing an agreement to purchase the former trolley peninsula in the Farm Creek Tidal Estuary known as Two Nearwater Lane. The agreement should be completed sometime during December, but NLT will immediately begin a $1 million capital campaign that it will formally publicize after the agreement is signed. Donations can be made for the 2013 tax period now through December 31 by mailing checks payable to:
Norwalk Land Trust
P.O. Box 34
Norwalk, CT 06853
or through PayPal by clicking the Donate button below.
Election Day Clean-Up at Norwalk Land Trust's Big West Cedar Property
November 2013 Norwalk Land Trust and BuildOn volunteers took advantage of a day off from school and work and cleaned up NLT's Big West Cedar Property. The BuildOn students from Norwalk high schools volunteered over 62 man hours, removing trash and invasives, and rebuilding trails that were damaged by flood waters. Thanks to our volunteers!
Clean Up at White Barn Property in Cranbury
November 2013 Seven volunteers came together in early November to help to rid the White Barn Preserve of euonymous, an invasive species. The shrub was cut with pruners, hand saw and chain saw and a huge pile was assembled for the chipper (raffaele). Additionally a fallen pine tree trunk that fell during Hurricane Sandy was removed from the lawn near the pond. Clearing away the invasives allows more valuable plants to grow, such as the Native American Holly bush.
Potential Development in Farm Creek Tidal Estuary
October, 2013 Norwalk Land Trust is deeply saddened by plans to develop the trolley peninsula in the Farm Creek estuary immediately adjacent to the Shoendorf Nature Preserve at Farm Creek. The NLT Board has issued a Norwalk Land Trust Position Statement. For more information go to Farm Creek.org's Facebook Page.
Norwalk Land Trust Receives $2,500 Grant from Enterprise Rent-a-Car Foundation
July 9, 2013 - Pictured above, left to right, are Peggy Holton, Vice President, NLT, Vincent LaBella, Enterprise Regional Manager, John Moeling, Vice President, NLT, Senator Bob Duff, Matthew Stoja, Area Manager, Enterprise, John Moeling, Vice President, NLT, and Kathy Siever, President, NLT. Photo taken by Midge Kennedy. The grant will be used for the Hoyt Island Bird Sanctuary Project, in conjunction with the Audubon Society.
Dedication of the Charles Irwin Shoendorf Nature Preserve at Farm Creek
On May 25th, Norwalk Land Trust held a celebration to honor donors of the Campaign for Farm Creek Preserve, and to dedicate the land as the Charles Irwin Schoendorf Nature Preserve, in honor of one of its major benefactors. Norwalk Land Trust received a citation from the CT Assembley, presented by Rep. Terrie Wood and Sen. Bob Duff. Pictured from left are Marny Smith, past NLT President, Rep. Terrie Wood, Mayor Richard Moccia, Sen. Bob Duff, Pete Scull, Honoree, Kathy Siever, President, NLT, Chuck Schoendorf, Honoree, and Seeley Hubbard, past NLT President.
Diageo Volunteers at Farm Creek Preserve
80 volunteers from Norwalk-based Diageo worked tirelessly for 7 hours spreading wood chips, building steps, repairing stone walls and removing storm debris from the Farm Creek Preserve in Rowayton on April 25, 2013. The Preserve has never looked better! Please come and see for yourselves how wonderful the place looks. Thank you Diageo!
Thank you GE Capital!!
A group of 15 volunteers from GE Capital gathered trash and removed invasive plant species on Norwalk Land Trust property at 350 Wilson Avenue on Saturday, April 20 in celebration of Earth Day. An estimated 700 pounds of debris was hauled away, including 15 tires and an assortment of glass and plastic bottles.
Norwalk Land Trust Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Norwalk Land Trust celebrated its 40th year on February 28, 2013. To commemorate this milestone, NLT is partnering with Connecticut Audubon Society to create a bird Sanctuary on Hoyts Island. More details will follow on this exciting project.
Heather Crawford's Recommendations on Changing Landscapes for Changing Climate
Heather Crawford, environmentalist, was the keynote speaker at Norwalk Land Trust's 40th Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 27th. Among her recommendations to homeowners for changing their landscapes for the changing climate, are creating rain gardens, choosing plant species that do well in New Jersey now, and pruning back tall trees to reduce storm damage. Please click to view a complete set of notes from her presentation.
Eagle Scout Builds Trail on Norwalk Land Trust's Big West Cedar Property
The Norwalk Land Trust's Big West Cedar property, behind Sports Authority, received a new trail, courtesy of Eagle Scout candidate J. T. Fucigna, Jr. (pictured above with his father, J.T. Fucigna, Sr.), with the help of his family and fellow scouts at Troop 235 (Darien). The new trail will allow Norwalkers to see this stream-crossed 6-acre woodland, and will enable Norwalk Land Trust volunteers to access the interior to keep it clean and protected. "The toughest part was building and erecting bridges over two of the wetland streams," said J. T., a high school senior. "This is the third Eagle Scout project we've hosted," said Norwalk Land Trust VP John Moeling. "It's great that these young people are willing to work for community improvement; they're just wonderful people." See more pictures.
Damage to Southwest Trail at Farm Creek Preserve
(photo by John Moeling)
Damage to Farm Creek Preserve
Superstorm Sandy caused damage to Farm Creek Preserve and other Norwalk Land Trust Properties. Volunteer groups are being organized to help clean up the mess. More to follow.
(photo by John Moeling)
Norwalk River Clean-up, September 2012
Volunteers from Norwalk's high school based BuildOn civic group, together with a team from Western CT Outdoor Adventurers, helped Norwalk Land Trust with an end-of-summer shoreline cleanup along the River next to the Aquarium.
(Photo by Kathy Siever)
Stone Crop Preserve Clean-up, Cranbury
With a $3,000 grant from GE Capital, Norwalk Land Trust, GE Capital volunteers, New York Bakery and Fat Cat Pie, in cooperation with the Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department, partnered to clean up a neglected and overgrown City park in Cranbury. Read more...
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