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  • Fairies need housing! Build one with us! The Mansfield Public Library and Joshua’s Trust are teaming up to present a Fairy House building event at the Bradley-Buchanan Woods (54 Warrenville Road, behind Mansfield Public Library) on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Builders from all towns and of all ages are invited to bring any natural materials they wish to ... Read more...
  • Trust’s annual meeting scheduled for April 22 (Earth Day — not a coincidence) Some things never change — but other things, our annual meetings for example, do. After moving the annual meeting to the fall several years ago, the trustees have decided to change it back to spring. That’s when our newest trustees, who are voted in at the annual meeting, are to begin their terms. So this year’s meeting will ... Read more...
  • The woods are ready for kids to discover them Spring is emerging, and Joshua’s Trust has a great outdoor activity waiting for kids and their families: the Springtime Scavenger Hunt. The scavenger hunt leads pre-schoolers and school-aged children on an adventure through the woods looking for leaves, bugs, things to jump over and signs of local wildlife. The springtime hunt has been put in place ... Read more...
  • It will soon be time to maintain our trails. Wanna help? A foot of snow may not inspire thoughts of trail work, but a cardinal just landed on a bare branch outside my window at Joshua’s Trust headquarters and, just like last year, spring is coming. Just like last year and every one of our 50 years, JT is looking for volunteers who like to hit ... Read more...
  • Meet Paul Pribula, our newest trustee Take a Midwesterner who lives where the land is mostly flat and laid out in an orderly grid. Stick him in Connecticut, with roads that go in all directions, including up and down, and what does he do? He becomes a mapmaker! More specifically, he becomes someone who has learned to use GPS technology and ArcGIS mapping ... Read more...
  • Newly painted Atwood House shines Thanks to a matching grant from the 1772 Foundation a new coat of paint is making the Atwood House, our Trust headquarters, shine. Lead in the oldest layers of paint required lead paint protocols to be observed. You may have seen the workers of Barcon Home Improvement in their plastic suits in the heat of August ... Read more...
  • Young photographers, get clickin’ for our photo show! Young photographers, here’s a chance to share and celebrate your love of photography and the great outdoors! Joshua’s Trust will host a kids’ photo show this winter, offering children all over eastern Connecticut a chance to photograph the region’s natural environment and have their shots printed, framed and put on display. Children are invited to visit any of the Joshua’s ... Read more...
  • Passport perserverance Rose and Norman Baker of Ashford know how to stick it out. Here they are receiving their Joshua’s Trust back packs for completing this season’s Passport Series. Rose attended 20 JT hikes and Norman 18. The Passport program, which concluded Nov. 25, was a series of guided walks at Joshua’s Trust properties all over the region.   Read more...
  • Fifty years down, plenty more to go Our year-long 50th anniversary celebration closed fittingly Oct. 15 when more than 100 members and friends gathered to talk, eat and recognize Joshua’s Trust’s accomplishments as the largest land conservation organization in eastern Connecticut. Among the many attending the gala at Camp Horizons in South Windham was Sam Dodd, one of the original founders of 1966, ... Read more...
  • Meet Andy, our new volunteer coordinator The visitor hesitantly entered the Atwood Farm, unsure where to head, when he heard a “Good morning, can I help you out?”  Within minutes, Andy Woodcock, the Trust’s recently hired volunteer coordinator, and the visitor were talking animatedly, and Andy was encouraging him to fill out the volunteer form to determine where his skills and ... Read more...
  • Seek and ye shall find … family fun Is your child curious? Are you looking for a healthy family activity that is engaging, educational, doesn’t cost anything and doesn’t involve staring into an electronic screen? Maybe then you’d like to go on a scavenger hunt at one of five Joshua’s Trust properties. Conceived and executed by a trio of Trust volunteers, the scavenger hunt leads pre-schoolers and ... Read more...
  • No soup for you! Those of you who expect to attend this year’s anniversary gala dinner and who have not yet made a reservation are running out of time. You must make your reservation by Oct. 10 at the very latest or… No soup for you! Seriously, the planners need to know you are coming so they can make the Oct. ... Read more...
  • He brings us the ‘awesomeness’ of JT’s properties — on video Matt Woodward appreciates the “awesomeness” of the Joshua’s Trust properties — and has captured it on video. So far, 37 times. In his own effort to honor and celebrate the Trust’s 50 years of conservation and preservation, Woodward is in the process of hiking all of the Trust’s properties and creating videos explaining their special features and ... Read more...
  • Anniversary gala on the horizon… at Camp Horizons It is not too early to make your reservation for this year’s annual dinner — a special one celebrating the Trust’s 50th anniversary. The Trust will acknowledge five decades of conservation and preservation with a celebration on Saturday, Oct. 15.  Instead of a speaker, there will be music – and dancing for those so inclined! John Paolillo, a ... Read more...
  • Our national accreditation is renewed! Joshua’s Trust, northeastern Connecticut’s largest land trust, today announced it has achieved renewed accreditation – a mark of distinction in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that Joshua’s Trust’s lands will be protected forever. Nationwide, almost 15 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities ... Read more...
  • An early reminder for October’s big celebration Here’s an early reminder to mark your calendar for this fall’s big celebration. Read more...
  • Summer exploration Join the Town of Mansfield and Joshua’s Trust for a summer full of outdoor fun! For Elementary Schoolers Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m.: Dr. Brian Jones, Connecticut’s State Archaeologist, will lead a one-hour walk through Mason’s Mill, a Joshua’s Trust preserve that is home to remains of Mansfield’s industrial history. Come learn about how archaeologists learn about the past and uncover ... Read more...
  • Atwood Farm buildings ready for Connecticut Open House Day It has been dirty work, but Trust volunteers have prepared a number of fun exhibits at the historic Atwood Farm in time for Connecticut Open House Day on June 11. With dust masks in place and shop vacs humming – sometimes as many as three at a time — workers have cleaned and organized the farm’s ... Read more...
  • The 2016 Letterbox Challenge is underway! Welcome to the 2016 Joshua’s Trust Town of Mansfield Letterboxing Challenge! Grab your stamp and head on out to find all eight letterboxes hidden on Joshua’s Trust properties. This challenge is appropriate for kids of all ages (with help, of course!) and provides an exciting opportunity to get outside and accomplish something together as a family. You will ... Read more...
  • Grist Mill opens its season with tours — and cupcakes The Gurleyville Grist Mill is now officially open for the season following opening day events on a gorgeous May weekend. More than 20 people attended the Sunday May 15 event at the ancient mill along the Fenton River. The place was busy all afternoon. Visitors were very glad to see us open, including some passing hikers who stopped ... Read more...
  • 50th Anniversary Sponsors THANK YOU to our 50th ANNIVERSARY SPONSORS Diamond Trustees and Officers of Joshua’s Trust Peter Andersen, Gail Bruhn, Allison Burchell-Robinson, Warren Church, Ann Dunnack, Rudy Favretti, Brent Gottier, Gwen Haaland, Angelika Hansen, Doug Hughes, Bill Ingalls, Carl Lindquist, Scott Matthies, Greg Padick, Dave Parry, Jim Russel, Nancy Silander, Karen Zimmer Gold Carl and Julie Lindquist, Savings Institute Bank and Trust Silver James Ryan Bronze McCaughtry & Associates Read more...
  • The anniversary celebration has begun! Here’s a quick visit to the kick-off of the ongoing Joshua’s Trust 50 Anniversary celebration where author Rudy Favretti signed copies of his new book about the organiation: “50 Years of Trust.” (Photos by Fran Funk.) Rudy’s book will be available for purchase at the Trust office (at the Atwood Farm on Wormwood Hill Road in Mansfield); ... Read more...
  • CFPA highlights the Trust’s past and future Local journalist Terese Karmel has written a story for the Connecticut Forest and Park Association‘s quarterly magazine highlighting the 50th Anniversary of Joshua’s Trust, its beginnings and its many remarkable accomplishments. Here it is, in its entirety as a excerpt from Connecticut Woodlands Magazine. (Hint: It starts with a story about a cow.) Read more...
  • Final Eco-Forum presentation ‘Climate Change’ is April 14 The last of four presentations in our popular Eco-Forum is scheduled for April 14 when Western Connecticut State University ecologist Mitch Wagener will talk about “Climate Change and its Effects.” Wagener, who earned his doctorate in soil ecology during a 13-year stay in Alaska, teaches climate ecology, entomology, and related courses at WCSU in Danbury. His ... Read more...
  • 50TH Anniversary Let the celebration begin! The festivities begin on April 23 with the publication of “50 Years of Trust,” Favretti’s full-length history of our organization. The well-known author and former University of Connecticut professor will be on hand to chat with Trust members and sign copies of his book at the Eagleville Firehouse at the inter- section ... Read more...
  • Gary Griffin — One of the Trust’s ‘go-to’ people For the past 20 years, Gary Griffin has been a tireless volunteer at the Trust. A soils scientist at the University of Connecticut by profession, and a former member of the Willington Conservation Commission, Gary was encouraged by Dan Donahue and Betsy Treiber to become a member of the Trust.  Never one to join and then ... Read more...
  • Stewards — The Trust’s backbone Stewards – the overseers and curators of our Trust properties – are some of our most essential volunteers. With proper stewardship, we are able to maintain and up-grade our many properties.  Without their tireless commitment, the Trust would not be able to keep its promise to conserve and preserve the land and buildings for which we ... Read more...
  • Passport Walks! Explore the Trust’s trails, earn a backpack in this season’s Passport Program for hikers This year’s Passport Program has concluded, but look for something similar next season. Participants in the 2016 Passport Program tried to collect 18 stamps from walk leaders during outings on a long list of Trust properties. Those who collected enough stamps receives a string ... Read more...
  • Recognition for Kay and Tony Holt In thanks their long years of service to Joshua’s Trust, Trust President Doug Hughes recognized Kay and Tony Holt of Mansfield at the January meeting of the Board of Trustees. Read more...
  • Join our winter walking group Just forming now is a Joshua’s Trust Winter Walking Group. This group will take guided walks on different JT properties, giving about a one week’s notice via email, allowing adjustments for weather predictions regarding temperatures and amounts of snow. If interested please email Marcia Kilpatrick at [email protected] Include how often you might be interested in walking and ... Read more...
  • Longtime member ‘Katie’ Lynch passes Longtime Trust member, Catherine “Katie” Lynch passed away on Dec. 5. Dr Lynch worked behind the scenes, serving on the Boundary Committee and as co-steward for the Hubbard Sanctuary/Agnes’ Pasture following her retirement from Eastern Connecticut State University, where she taught Asian history. Her history background served her well for the research necessary to locate boundaries of ... Read more...
  • Trust welcomes three new board members We welcome three new Trustees! Gail Bruhn, Carl Lindquist and Dave Parry took their seats at the table in October, replacing out-going Trustees Bob Dubos of Chaplin, Chuck Vinsonhaler of Mansfield and Eric Thomas of Coventry. Bruhn has lived in Mansfield most of her adult life and is a long-time Trust member. She is a retired senior ... Read more...
  • Annual meeting celebrates the Trust’s mission and volunteers With the help of Camp Horizons, Joshua’s Trust has once again proven it knows how to put on a party! Once a year the Trust assembles at a local venue to celebrate its mission and renew its spirits for the year ahead. This year, on Oct. 15, staff at the South Windham camp for children with ... Read more...
  • ‘Eco-Forum’ second event is Dec. 10. Sign up now! This fall, Joshua’s Trust will began a new lecture series called “Eco-Forum.” Preregistration is required.  To preregister, download this registration form. The series features four speakers who are experts on different environmental topics of interest to the general public. On Nov. 12, Tom Harrington spoke on “Population changes of birds in New England.”  A retired biology teacher, and ... Read more...
  • Of bugs, bridges and stewardship It turned into a busy summer for stewardship activities at Joshua’s Trust. During July, volunteers were hard at work building a bridge at our Whetten Woods preserve in Storrs.  Carpenter Bill Bland was joined by several other volunteers who hauled materials out to the site and constructed a 40+ foot bridge/boardwalk over a stream on the ... Read more...
  • Our executive director has been a busy guy If you think Joshua’s Trust is only about walking trails, check out how our Executive Director Mike Hveem has been spending his summer! So far he has: …Established The Madge Manfred Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund this past June with the Salvation Army to send children from Joshua’s Trust’s fourteen town region to Camp CONNRI in Ashford. …Worked with ... Read more...
  • Try this walk/talk on invasive plant control On Saturday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. join Scott Matthies and Gary Griffin for a walk/talk at the H.E. Preston Sanctuary in Hampton. They will discuss various methods used to control invasive plants, such as Japanese Barberry, Bittersweet and Multiflora Rosa. The walk will go through a wooded area where a thick stand of Barberry has been ... Read more...
  • Trust hires new conservation coordinator Ann Lewis, already active on the Stewardship Committee, has now also taken over as our new part-time Conservation Coordinator. As many of you know, in May we wished the best to Jamie Sydoriak, our Conservation Coordinator since earlier this year, as she moved on to a full time position with Connecticut DEEP. Ann stepped in June. Ann has ... Read more...
  • Joshua’s Trust wish list Would you like to make a tangible donation to Joshua’s Trust?  Moving and have some items to get rid of?  Here are some items we are in need of.  Please contact us if you’d like to donate any of these items or the funds to purchase them. Picnic Tables Coffee grinder 30-cup coffee percolator Electric kettle Coffee and Tea Matching chairs ... Read more...
  • Trust Announces Creation of the Madge Manfred Camp Scholarship Fund With his generous gift to the Trust, John Manfred and The Madge Manfred Camp Scholarship will help bring children to the outdoors at Camp CONNRI. Pictured left to right:  Jamie Sydoriak, Michael Hveem, and John Manfred. Childhood experiences in the outdoors can encourage a lifetime of commitment to environmental causes. Jamie Sydoriak, past Conservation and Communications ... Read more...
  • Essay contest encourages students to think about nature This spring, Joshua’s Trust coordinated an essay contest for students at Tolland High School. The essay contest, open to juniors, was intended to help teens learn about the Trust and its preserves, and to encourage young people to think more deeply about the outdoors. The contest also honored Doris Tobiassen, a former Tolland High School English ... Read more...
  • New Project to Help Protect Grassland Birds at Hubbard Sanctuary in Chaplin Did you know that Bobolinks travel 12,000 miles to and from their wintering grounds in Argentina every year? These boisterous songsters return to Connecticut in search of open field habitat in early to mid-May and, once paired with a mate, begin to build their nests right on the ground, usually concealed in clumps of grass. ... Read more...
  • Celebrate Biodiversity during UConn’s Bioblitz on July 24-25th Save the date for a unique opportunity to discover species that live around the UConn Storrs campus on July 24 and 25. Co-sponsored by Joshua’s Trust, UConn’s 2015 Bioblitz is a fervent 24-hour inventory of the plant and animal species living around Storrs campus. Hike into the woods with an expert in birds, plants, or ... Read more...
  • Add The Atwood Farm to your list of visits on Connecticut Open House Day The 13th annual Connecticut Open House Day on Saturday June 11 will showcase the state’s world of history, art, and tourism, with free admission, special exhibits, and other activities to explore statewide. Join the statewide celebration by visiting The Atwood Farm, located at 624 Wormwood Hill Road in Mansfield Center — the Joshua’s Trust headquarters. On this day, ... Read more...
  • Earth Day, Every Day! Trust Participates in UConn’s Spring Fling Jamie Sydoriak tells a UConn student about Joshua’s Trust membership Joshua’s Trust participated in the University of Connecticut’s 2015 Earth Day Spring Fling held on Wednesday, April 22nd, on Earth Day. The Earth Day Spring Fling is an annual celebration of sustainability co-sponsored by UConn’s Office of Environmental Policy, Department of Dining Services, EcoHusky Student Group, ... Read more...
  • Spring Newsletter Online The latest newsletter is now available online and in living color — you can read it here. Read more...
  • Joshua’s Trust Moves to Historic Atwood Farm Joshua’s Trust, Northeast Connecticut’s largest land trust, has relocated its office to the historic Atwood Farm at 624 Wormwood Hill Road in Mansfield. The Trust, which had leased Mansfield’s landmark Eagleville Schoolhouse on South Eagleville Road for nearly 23 years, completed the move on January 13. The 68-acre Atwood Farm was given to Joshua’s Trust ... Read more...
  • Board Names New Executive Director At the Nov. 13 Board Meeting, the Trustees voted unanimously to hire a new Executive Director: Michael Hveem (pronounced “Veem”) will take on the role beginning New Year’s Day, 2015. Mike has been a member of Joshua’s Trust for 14 years, even though he’s lived in the Stamford area until moving to Vernon early ... Read more...