Greenwich Land Trust adds new preserve

The Minguez Trust recently donated four acres of woodlands on Sterling Road in Greenwich to the Greenwich Land Trust. “We are delighted to receive this beautiful land that provides extensive wildlife habitat while protecting a section of the Byram River watershed,” remarked Janice Trebbi Richards, GLT Board President.

Located near 30 additional acres of open space permanently protected by the Greenwich Land Trust, the new Minguez Preserve is heavily wooded with beautiful specimens of sugar maples, beeches and black oaks. Native plants in the understory include sassafras, ferns, blue cohosh, mulberry, trillium, and jack in the pulpit. The sloping hillside is bordered by an old stone wall indicating a link to Greenwich’s agrarian past. The southern end of the property includes parts of two ponds which provide important aquatic habitat for plant, microorganism, and fish species along with a major water source for other wildlife.   

The property’s high ecological values include the native black oaks which produce valuable food for many wildlife species and the craggy rock outcropping which provides shelter. Conserving this undeveloped parcel protects the watershed area that drains into the two ponds, mitigating issues associated with nitrification such as algae blooms and fish die off caused by development near waterbodies.  The Greenwich Land Trust staff is currently preparing a management plan for the Preserve to address invasive plant removal, native plant preservation and public recreational opportunities while protecting the conservation values of the parcel.

Conservation lands in our community help protect our air and water, offer scenic vistas, and provide wildlife habitat. Donations of conservation land to a not-for-profit organization such as The Greenwich Land Trust receive favorable federal tax treatment. For more information on donating land, please call Executive Director Ginny Gwynn at 203.629.2151.

The Greenwich Land Trust’s mission is to preserve land permanently and protect its ecological integrity for the benefit of this and future generations. The GLT, founded in 1976, preserves more than 745 acres of land including woodlands, meadows, orchards, and salt marshes. Membership is open to all. Call 203-629-2151 or visit gltrust.org for more information.

Photos courtesy of the Greenwich Land Trust.

Photos courtesy of the Greenwich Land Trust.

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