Donated land to be open space

Nearly five acres of land has been donated to the Aspetuck Land Trust, and it will be a protected spot for animals.

The land trust accepted a donation of 4.57 acres of land at 199 Horseshoe Lane near Merwins Lane. The land donation means a total of 131 acres of land in Fairfield within 22 separate preserves are now managed by the land trust and designated as protected open space forever.

There are no plans to put trails for hiking on the land or encourage public access. The land trust board of directors, in accepting the land donation from Jean B. Uehlinger, formerly of Fairfield, has designated it as a habitat-only location.

The land has an appraised value of $564,300 and is zoned AAA for two acre zoning. It is crossed by Sasco Brook and is a mix of wetland and upland forest. It is bounded by stone walls and is in close proximity to the land trust’s nearby  Kirik and Putnam Preserves. A stewardship donation to help maintain land trust properties was also made in addition to the land gift.

Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) is a non-profit land conservation organization founded in 1966 to preserve open space in the towns of Westport, Weston, Fairfield and Easton. It provide passive recreation and educational opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy nature, while preserving the flora and fauna and rural characteristics of local communities.

ALT maintains 44 trailed nature preserves and other conservation-only  properties on more than 1,700 acres of land. It has more than 1,000 local members.

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