Ernie Boothroyd Nature Preserve

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This property consists of 58 acres acquired on 7/2/2010 and is open space.   The Ernie Boothroyd Nature Preserve abuts the Nye-Holman State Forest in the Ellington panhandle.  This property provides habitat for a large variety of animal and bird wildlife.   In 2015, stewardship volunteers created a loop trail to showcase the property. This 1.2 mile walk included stops to look at and discuss items of interest along the way including Mountain Laurel.

The property name commemorates Ernest William Boothroyd, Jr., (1944-2005).  Ernie was a former Northern Connecticut Land Trust president and served on the Board of Directors for many years. 

Born in Rockville and a life long resident of Ellington,  he graduated from Ellington High School and attended Hartford State Technical College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Ernie was active in town politics serving on the Charter Revision Committee, The Conservation Commission, the Public Safety Commission, the Forest and Open Space Commission, the Ellington Fire Department and the Ellington Ambulance. He enjoyed attending town meetings and believed strongly in common sense in government. Ernie volunteered many hours to the Northern Connecticut Land Trust working to preserve wooded areas for generations to come. Ernest also volunteered countless hours to the Hartford County 4-H where he served as Director of the Fair and at the 4-H Camp in Marlborough. His love of nature and of machinery was evident in all his activities with the 4-H especially his announcing of the Doodlebug Draw at fair time.

News Release: "In March, 2010 the Northern Connecticut Land Trust acquired the 58-acre Moseley property in Ellington, costing $185,000.00 shared by the State of Connecticut, the Bafflin Foundation, the Fields Pond Foundation, the town of Ellington, and the land trust. The land will be managed and owned by the Trust. Abutting the Nye-Holman State Forest, and sharing a boundary line with the town of Stafford, the forested site will remain as open space. The culmination of a series of acquisitions in 2010, the Trappe land in Somers (138 acres) and a conservation easement (136 acres) on the White Farm in Stafford has enabled the Land Trust to protect and preserve 1,280 acres in the towns of Somers, Stafford, Ellington, East Windsor, Enfield, Vernon and Tolland."

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