The Middlesex Land Trust held it’s 25th Annual Meeting this past April at its Barn at the Palmer Preserve in Portland, and it was a great success! It was a beautiful day and over 50 people came to the meeting making it the largest attendance at an MLT Annual Meeting ever. Life long members and new members alike gathered for treats, a speech or two, a wildlife presentation  and a walk on the Palmer Preserve.

Mr. Barry Parish of the US Fish and Wildlife Service was the featured speaker for the event. Mr. Parrish is the Wildlife Refuge Manager for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge which covers the Connecticut River Watershed, and he spoke about the wildlife of the lower Connecticut River Valley and the Salmon River Division of the Conte Refuge.

The surprise of the day came with the arrival of one of our champions at the Connecticut State Legislature, Representative Matt Lesser, who came baring a Legislative Citation recognizing MLT’s 25 years conserving open space in Middlesex County.

The day was warm and sunny, the business meeting was short, the speeches concise, the presentation fascinating, the company engaging, the treats were tasty, and the flowers in the woods were in bloom!

I think it’s safe to say a good time was had by all!

Matt Lesser giving CT Citation to MLT at 25th Annual Meeting

CT General Assembly Citation recognizing MLT for 25 years of protecting open space