Preserve a Simsbury treasure
and a path to the Ridge!
This 75 acre hillside is one of Simsbury’s finest natural preserves, a true treasure. It would provide a rare connection for hikers from the Simsbury Town Center across the Farmington River to the New England Trail along the top of the Metacomet Ridge.
This land has unique characteristics offering:
- A rich mix of geological and natural features including a 500 foot change in elevation from the Farmington River floodplain to the upper west slope of the Metacomet Ridge, a lateral moraine with associated wetlands, the Lucy Brook Ravine — up to 30 feet deep in places, 15 acres of meadow scattered through the forest and habitats supporting 17 State listed plants and animals adjacent to or buffered by the subject.
- Exciting recreational opportunities consisting of an especially attractive and challenging hiking destination, an existing network of trails connecting the major physical features of the site, and the most practical pedestrian route from the New England Trail to a river crossing into the Simsbury Town Center.
- The last remaining east/west corridor between Tariffville and Folly Farm that effectively connects the 800 acre Penwood State Park to the Farmington River floodplain and the Simsbury Town Center. Together with the adjacent Owen-Mortimer Property, already protected by the Simsbury Land Trust, this will create a 120 acre preserve.
Time is running out.
- A professional development plan has been drawn up that would effectively partition the entire site. This plan has been reviewed by the Town Planner and been found to comply with all planning and building code regulations.
- Similar terrain between Routes 185 and 315 has already been developed, with the exception of this property, providing continuous development along the moraine.
- The property owners have already sold both family homes adjacent to the subject, and have three adjacent lots on the market.
Help us protect this land before it is too late!
The owner has offered the Simsbury Land Trust a very short time frame to purchase the property. The SLT must purchase the site by December 31, 2014 or the owners plan to market it for development.
The cost of the project is $1,450,000; $1,200,000 for the acquisition and $250,000 for its long term care — including three miles of trail maintenance, the regular cutting of 15 acres of meadow, and the management of invasive plants and erosion control. To date the SLT has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the CT-DEEP, $75,000 from the Richard P. Garmany Fund, and $365,000 in pledges from generous area residents. This month we were happy to receive a $125,000 challenge grant from the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation. This is a dollar for dollar match of up to $125,000. We need your help today to meet this challenge!
Please consider making a generous contribution today and preserve this irreplaceable treasure!
For additional information please contact the SLT office, 860-651-8773.