Fall fishing at Forge Pond by Greg Stone
On behalf of the Westport Land Conservation Trust, Inc. (WLCT) Board of Directors and staff, thank you for your generosity. This year has been filled with exciting land protection projects, unique opportunities to connect with the land, and an overwhelming outpouring of support from the community. We have been able to accomplish so much because of your support.
So far, in 2019, WLCT has:
- completed four land protection projects protecting a total of 137 acres of forest, open space and water resources to date
- secured agreements to protect 167 acres of forestland, farmland and new public access properties by December 31st
- almost reached our goal $1,025,000 to renovate the farm house at Westport Woods into an office and visitor center, and to create a Children’s Discovery Garden
- hosted the public opening of Westport Woods Conservation Park, which attracted over 400 visitors
- removed 32,000 square feet of asphalt, planted 175 trees and shrubs, restored 11 acres of natural meadow habitat, and created over three miles of trails at Westport Woods Conservation Park
- logged over 1,300 volunteer hours with the Tuesday Trail Team
- completed an intensive stewardship analysis of our public properties to improve our management for visitors and wildlife
- hosted programs and events that connected over 1,000 people to Westport’s unique natural resources
WLCT is continuing this momentum into 2020 with many great projects on the horizon, including the creation of a Children’s Discovery Garden at Westport Woods!
We are also working with local landowners on exciting new land protection projects. Our focus for land protection continues to be on opportunities to protect the best of Westport. We seek to keep farmland in working agriculture, preserve the rural character of the Town, and conserve vital natural resources.
Additionally, our land stewardship program will add bog bridges to Herb Hadfield Conservation Area, and embark on two key habitat restoration projects. Lastly, we continue to develop new programs and exciting ways for people to engage with the land.
Please make a gift today to WLCT’s Annual Fund.
Your annual gift will support this work, and ensure that we continue to protect Westport’s unique rural character.