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The full color lithograph
of a new painting of the Gristmill
by artist Charles McCaughtry,
is on sale at Joshua's Land Trust Office.
Joshua's Trust is the largest land trust, by acres preserved, in the northeast "Quiet Corner" of Connecticut. A non-profit organization, the Trust is designed to supplement the open space and historic conservation efforts of federal, state, and local governments by receiving gifts of land, conservation easements, and money. The Trust may also purchase tracts of land that it considers especially important to preserve. Our land trust was founded in 1966 as a joint venture of the Mansfield Historical Society and the Mansfield Conservation Commission.
Joshua's Trust now protects more than 4,000 acres in Connecticut. Some properties are owned by the Trust and others are protected by easements.
Our CT land trust is named for Joshua, son of Uncas, Mohegan Sachem, who in 1676 bequeathed his hunting grounds in the heart of eastern Connecticut to "16 men of Norwich".
Joshua's Trust serves an area roughly conterminous with the Windham Region and extending into Tolland County, including the towns of Andover, Ashford, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Eastford, Franklin, Hampton, Lebanon, Mansfield, Mansfield Center, Scotland, Storrs, Tolland, Willington, Windham and Willimantic, CT.
For More Information, visit Joshua's Tract Conservation and Historic Trust History.
Generous landowners who donate conservation easements to Joshua’s Land Trust are inspired by many things: they love Eastern Connecticut, they feel connected to their land, and they wish to leave a legacy of protected land for future generations. This inspiration is at the heart of our work to permanently protect valuable natural resources here in northeastern Connecticut. But for almost all of our donors, donating a conservation easement is a major financial decision, and the federal income tax deduction that comes with a donation helps make easements possible for landowners in our community.
Land Trust News
Join us for a guided walk with Professor Dave Wagner, a UConn forest entomologist and conservation biologist, through our beautiful and unique White Cedar Bog property in Windham on Saturday, June 1. Dr. Wagner will discuss the special features of this intriguing property and the role that land conservation plays in the preservation of imperiled forest insects. Participants will meet in the parking lot of the North Windham School at 9:30 AM
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Join Steve Morytko as he leads a bird walk at the Hubbard Sanctuary in Chaplin. The grassland, wetlands, edge and nearby forest habitats attract many species including Cerulean Warbler (a beautiful threatened species) and a number of other breeding and migrating species. The grassland habitat, unique among Joshua's Trust properties, attracts Bobolink - another threatened species in Connecticut.Click here for all the details.
It was great to see such a large turnout of supporters at the annual meeting last Thursday. For those who couldn't make it, we'll be posting photos soon. Here is the link to the meeting report:
Click to read the 2013 Annual Report.
Madge Manfred of Mansfield received an Excellence in Conservation Individual Award from the Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) at their 2103 conference held March 23rd in Middletown, CT. CLCC seeks to recognize organizations and individuals who have made a substantive contribution to the ongoing success of land conservation in Connecticut and projects that may serve as a guide to or be replicated by other lands and conservation organizations in our state. Continue reading here.
Isabelle Knowlton Atwood of Mansfield, a founding member of the Trust and a long time chair of the Gristmill Committee died on Aug. 29, after a brief illness. She was 93.
She was the twin daughter of Harold and Martha Halvorsen Atwood, born Nov. 24, 1918. Her twin, Harriett Cross Atwood, died in 1984. Isabelle was the last member of her family to carry the Atwood name and to live on Wormwood Hill where her ancestor, Thomas Atwood, settled in 1739. She attended all eight grades in the little red schoolhouse on Wormwood Hill, across the road from her home. Continue reading about Isabelle Atwood.