The Northern CT Land Trust (NCLT) has acquired a scenic 54 acre property In Stafford CT. The property is mainly upland forest that abuts a section of Nipmuck State Forest and includes sections of Roaring Brook, a cold water trout stream. The property, located on the north side of the Buckley Highway (Route 190) and bounded on the west by Crooked S Road is less than a mile from the NCLT’s 79 acre Nipmuck Woods Preserve. It will be protected as open space and will be open to the public for passive recreation after parking and trails have been established. The NCLT plans to name this new acquisition Roaring Brook Woodlands.
This property was generously donated by the Dix Place, LLC, a family organization.The Dix Place, LLC has retained ownership of approximately 15 acres containing a vacation home and pond that will now be surrounded by protected open space. This transaction has many benefits. It provides the Dix family with the opportunity for a major charitable deduction on federal income taxes, it reduces local property taxes and it ensures their vacation home will be surrounded by protected open space. It contributes to the State’s goal and the NCLT’s goal of preserving the natural resources of Connecticut and it will provide additional opportunities for passive recreation to the public.
In the future, when parking facilities and trails have been developed, the NCLT will provide maps of Roaring Brook Woodlands. The NCLT is an all volunteer regional land trust that has protected more than 1,900 acres of open space in the towns of Enfield, Somers, Stafford, East Windsor, Ellington, Vernon and Tolland. We encourage the public to join the organization and participate in the stewardship of our many beautiful properties. More information can be found at NorthernCTlandtrust.org.