On June 30, 2016 the Northern CT Land Trust completed the purchase of a 118 acre property abutting Culver Pond in Stafford, CT. The property was the home of Culver Modisette, former president of the NCLT. Because it was Culver’s wish that the property be preserved and to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, his heirs agreed to a bargain sale.
The house on the north end of the pond has been sold separately and several buildings by the dam have been retained by the Modisette family and are not in the land trust purchase. The property acquired by the land trust will be named the Culver Pond Nature Preserve. It consists of upland forest, a section of shoreline on Culver Pond, a network of forest paths, a marsh teeming with wildlife, and a section of Rockadundee Brook.
The upland forest has been a registered tree farm since 1978 and has been selectively logged several times to upgrade the quality of the woodlands. The forest is home to hawks, owls, turkeys, and many species of upland birds and animals. Culver Pond is a beautiful 10 acre lake, formed by a small historic dam that was built in the 1700s to power a sawmill and gristmill. The marsh at the south end of the pond is home to otters, mink, fishers, beavers, and muskrats. Herons nest in the trees of the marsh and seven species of ducks have been seen in the area. Rockadundee Brook is a cold water stream that contains small native brook trout. It flows north from the dam and is headwaters to the Scantic River.
Funding for the purchase of this property was provided by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Cox Family Fund at the Boston Foundation, the Bafflin Foundation, the Fields Pond Foundation, and friends of the NCLT.
We hope you will explore this beautiful addition to the regions open spaces and will pause in silent thanks to the Modisette family that preserved this property for our future enjoyment.
Bob White Farm
The Bob White Farm is the only property on the list that the Land Trust does not own. Instead, it is protected from development with a Conservation Easement held by the Land Trust. Therefore, public access is provided only a limited basis.
This 181 acre property is a mixture of woods and fields and connects to the Land Trust’s Nipmuck Woods through an abutting section of the Nipmuck State Forest.
A 79-acre parcel was purchased in Stafford from the Stafford Fish & Game Club. This upland forest is near Roaring Brook in Stafford and abuts the Nipmuck State Forest and connects through the forest to the NCLT-protected White Farm. We plan to name the new property “Nipmuck Woods”. Funds were provided by the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Open Space and Watershed Matching Grant program, the Cox Family Fund at the Boston Foundation, The Bafflin Foundation, the Fields Pond Foundation, and friends of the NCLT.
Katherine Satkowski, of Stafford, CT wanted to ensure that the farmland owned and farmed by three generations of her family on Upper Road would remain undeveloped. She offered to sell the 20 acre pasture at a reduced price to the NCLT to guarantee its protection. The property includes a pond and a section of Furnace Brook. With the help of funding from the Cox Family Fund at the Boston Foundation, we purchased the property in 2013. The pasture is leased to a local farmer as pasture for beef cattle.
The Scott Property is a 2 acre property located on the east bank of the Willimantic River and has no public access.