November 9, 2011 marked a first for the Middlesex Land Trust in its 24 year history – we closed on a property, but we didn’t buy it. We sold it!
The Pine Brook Falls Preserve now has a new home with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as part of the expanding Salmon River Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. This helps both the Middlesex Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy to free up funding for additional conservation work, while also ensuring continued
protection of this property for future generations. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) first approached the Land Trust on partnering with them to purchase Pine Brook Falls in the fall of 2002, with our purchase
from TNC occurring in 2007 a few years after they bought the property. TNC retained a conservation easement on the property at that time. This sale to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues
the momentum in the Refuge. It is the second parcel added to the Salmon River Division of the Refuge, joining the 290 acre Johnson parcel that USF&W purchased in 2009 from The Nature Conservancy and the Town of Haddam. Consolidating parcels under Fish & Wildlife will allow for more comprehensive professional management of the area in support of specific conservation goals. Already this summer, an assessment of invasive plant species was conducted by a team of specialists. Our donors can be proud of their role in the Middlesex Land Trust’s participation in this collaboration,
and in other efforts in the Pine Brook corridor where we still hold over one hundred acres in the Kruger Farm , the Pine Brook Markham, and Pine Brook (Chestnut Hill Rd) Preserves. With your continued
support we look forward to more successes along Pine Brook.