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The Guilford Land Conservation Trust (GLCT) has bolstered its holding in North Guilford with the purchase of two formerly town-owned parcels. The town had acquired the open space lots in lieu of foreclosure and quickly put them up to bid. Speakers at a recent public hearing on the sale were pleased the land trust was the high bidder.
GLCT bid $19,000 for the parcels, a combined 26 acres adjacent to the Quonnipaug Hills condominium complex and, more important, adjacent to existing GLCT property.
"I feel strongly that the land trust will do a wonderful job being stewards of this property," said former GLCT member Sarah Shrewsbury at the hearing.
Resident Paul Mei read a letter from the Quonnipaug Hills Corporation Board of Directors, which requested that the Board of Selectmen approve the bid for the purchase of the land to the Land Trust.
GLCT President Sarah Williams said, "This 26 acres adds to a significant corridor of open space in the Bluff Head and Broomstick Ledges area. GLCT is pleased to provide this land the permanent protection it deserves."
The two new parcels add to the open space in North Guilford known as Northwoods. According to GLCT, this property on the east side of Route 77 includes a scenic ridgeline above Rusconi Pond. The Northwoods corridor also includes GLCT's 141-acre Broomstick Ledges property and Bluff Head as well as the James Valley Preserve, owned by the Town of Guilford with a conservation easement held by GLCT, and the town-owned Braemore Preserve, which connects with Madison's Rockland Preserve.
The Northwoods area has an existing network of hiking trails. Although there are no immediate plans for trails on the property, the land may be accessed for passive recreation from the Broomstick Ledges or using an access easement granted to GLCT by the Quonnipaug Condo Association up the association's main driveway.
For more information on GLCT, visit www.guilfordlandtrust.org.