Old Lyme Land Trust funding to be used to acquire long-pursued parcel

Old Lyme - The Old Lyme Land Trust has received a state grant to acquire a 44-acre stretch of land, which would help protect part of a waterway and form a swath of open space with nearby land parcels, according to the trust.

The trust received $143,500 to purchase the Elyandco, Inc. parcel off Hatchett's Hill Road. The award is part of the state's $9 million package of grants to towns and trusts to help purchase about 3,000 acres of open space.

The trust wanted to acquire the land for years, said Christina Clayton, the trust president.The property stretches near land parcels that together form about 200 acres of open space.

While not all of the parcels are accessible to the public, there is "ecological value" in having the large protected space, much of which is wetlands, she said.

The acquired parcel also helps shelter much of the source of Armstrong Brook, a waterway that flows into Long Island Sound, according to Clayton.

"Armstrong Brook is one of seven rivers and streams identified as resources in the [Town's] 2010 Plan of Conservation and Development," explained Clayton in an email.

- Kimberly Drelich

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