The richness and diversity of our natural environment is our shared heritage. The soils, water, plants, and animals - collectively the land - have been the raw materials from which this country was built. Like the winds and sunsets, these things were taken for granted until progress began to destroy them.
Now we face the question of whether progress, with its accompanying price in environmental destruction, pollution, noise and crowding is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free.
The Killingworth Land Conservation Trust is an effective way for our town to preserve our natural assets which might otherwise disappear. As a private, non profit service organization set up to operate on a local basis, we can operate in areas where it might be impractical for the town to act. For example, we can acquire pockets of open space of great value to the public but too small or too numerous for the town's consideration.
Please help preserve Killingworth's special rural quality and natural history by joining the Killingworth Land Conservation Trust.
Our Land Trust has just protected 52 more acres!
We purchased the Welter property on the west side of middle
Roast Meat Hill Road. It is an important piece that not only connects the Parmelee Farm to the wonderful Platt Nature Center; but also allows us to open up new trails along its streams and ledges. Click HERE for a map showing the location.
It was a great summer for the kids at the Platt Nature Center. We set up a new Facebook page - stop by for a visit.
The Bear Reality
November 14, 2014
Killingworth Fire House
It’s Harvest Time!
The Killingworth Land Conservation Trust welcomes members and the general public to its annual cranberry harvest, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. – 12noon, off Paper Mill Rd. While previous harvests have taken place at the Land Trust’s Pond Meadow Natural Area site, a second site at the southern end of town hosted the 2013 event. With parking available off Paper Mill Rd., this site will again be the location for the 2014 harvest.
Located in a former gravel pit, the Paper Mill Rd. site sits atop an aquifer near the Hammonasset River. As such, groundwater is close to the surface, and provides natural
irrigation that sustains a healthy cranberry population. With plenty of water and sunlight, there are plenty of berries for picking. Land Trust Directors will be on hand to help with
parking on Paper Mill; it is a narrow dirt road, and parking is available on one side of the road only. A short walk down a wooded path will lead visitors to the well-hidden gem of a preserve that houses the cranberries. Please bring your family and friends, and join the Land Trust on Oct. 12.