The Middlesex Land Trust is pleased to announce the addition of 32 acres of open space to expand the Boardman Preserve in Middletown, thanks to the generous donation of land by Middle Boardman Associates, LLC.

In 2010, in collaboration with the U.S. Army, the Middlesex Land Trust purchased 54 acres of the former farm on Boardman Lane in Middletown creating the Boardman Preserve. The Army provided the funding for the purchase of the open space and is managing a wetlands restoration project on the land as mitigation for the loss of habitat destroyed by the development of a new Army base built on another property.

This year the owner of the initial parcel that was sold, Middle Boardman Associates, LLC lead by Pedro Wasmer, has kindly donated the remaining portion of the Boardman Lane parcel to the Middlesex Land Trust. This additional open space substantially increases the size of the Boardman Preserve and will provide added protection for the Sawmill Brook watershed.

With this newest parcel the Boardman Preserve now includes both sides of Sawmill and Richards Brooks, creating a significantly larger preserve. In addition to the streams, riparian and wetland areas, this donation includes a 5 acre trade-land site, a parcel of land donated with the intent to support the land trust mission through its lease or sale, rather than as conserved property. While the Middlesex Land Trust has no plans to sell the trade-land, it may be used in the future to help fund the protection of additional critically important open space.

We thank Mr. Pedro Wasmer and Middle Boardman Associates, LLC for their wonderful support of the Land Trust. As a community we all benefit from their generosity.