May 30, 2017

Middlesex Land Trust Offers Two Hikes, April 29

Middlesex Land Trust Alliance President Emeritus Rand Wentworth

Join the Middlesex Land Trust on an afternoon guided hike at one of our beautiful preserves following our annual meeting on April 29, 2017. The hikes begin at 1 p.m. at the Mica Ledges Preserve in Durham and the Palmer Taylor Preserve in Portland.

The Mica Ledges Preserve has marvelous views from the mica-studded ledges, great jumbles of large boulders (e.g. Pyramid Rock) and a lovely pond. Meet at the Cream Pot Road parking lot at the end of Cream Pot Road at 1 p.m.

The Palmer-Taylor Preserve in Portland hike features an easy loop through the beautiful wooded Palmer-Taylor Preserve at a family-friendly pace. This trail has large rocks to climb and a scenic spot overlooking the Connecticut River. This 90-acre preserve features the historic Erinmore Barn, wooded uplands, large hay fields, two ponds and Taylor Brook on the property. Meet at the Barn at 258 Middle Haddam Road in Portland at 1 p.m.For more information on the hikes, please visit www.middlesexlandtrust.org.

The hikes will follow the Middlesex Land Trust’s 2017 Annual Meeting in celebration of its 30th year and 1000th acre preserved featuring Rand Wentworth, Land Trust Alliance President Emeritus, as the special guest speaker. The meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. on April 29, 2017 at the deKoven House located at 27 Washington Street in Middletown, CT.

A short business meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a presentation by Rand Wentworth at 10 a.m. Wentworth will discuss the challenges, changing roles, and importance of land trusts.

Rand Wentworth, visionary and effective leader for permanence of land conservation in America, was named President Emeritus of the Land Trust Alliance after a 14-year tenure as President. The mission of the Alliance is to strengthen land conservation by supporting land trusts through increased professionalism, training and education, political support, insurance and legal resources, and by building public support for land conservation across America. The Alliance is a national conservation organization that represents and supports more than 1,000 member land trusts across the country.

According to Wentworth, “Land trusts bring out the best in America: generosity, community and selfless service. At a time when our federal government is tied in knots, land trusts find win-win solutions by working locally and cultivating respectful relationships. Land trusts transcend politics and affirm our common love of the land.”

Before joining the Alliance, Wentworth served as Vice President and founding director of the Atlanta office of the Trust for Public Land. Before working in land conservation, he was president of a commercial real estate development company. Currently, Wentworth teaches at Harvard University’s Kennedy School as the Louis Bacon Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership at the Center for Public Leadership. Wentworth is a graduate of Yale University and holds an MBA in finance from Cornell University.

A reception and light lunch will follow with two guided hikes on land trust preserves scheduled for the afternoon. For more information or to let us know if you are coming, call us at (860) 343-7537; email us at info@middlesexlandtrust.org; or visit our website at www.middlesexlandtrust.org. Space is limited.

Since 1987, the Middlesex Land Trust has been dedicated to the preservation of land for all to enjoy. Working in Cromwell, Durham, Middlefield, Middletown, East Hampton, Portland and Haddam Neck, the Middlesex Land Trust has preserved, owns and manages over 1000 acres in 52 preserves. For additional information about the Middlesex Land Trust, visit www.middlesexlandtrust.org.

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