More than a year of effort on the part of the Land Trust and key partners has paid off with the purchase of Kruger Farm in Haddam Neck — a former dairy farm encompassing woodlands, a hayfield, wetlands and a feeder creek to Pine Brook.

The years-long project — a collaboration  between the Land Trust, the Haddam Neck Spirit, the town of Haddam and the DEP — has created a 50-acre preserve near the confluence of the Salmon River and the Connecticut River. It is contiguous with the 289-acre Johnson Preserve, which fronts on both Pine Brook and the Salmon River and is held by the town of Haddam and The Nature Conservancy; this preserve is contiguous with the Haddam Land Trust’s 22-acre preserve on Pine Brook. It lies within one of two areas in Connecticut identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for additions to its Silvio O. Conte Refuge, which protects migratory fish and birds in the Connecticut River Watershed.