Donna Merrill, executive director of the Wilton Conservation Land Trust, was the guest speaker at the League of Women Voters meeting on Jan. 10 at the Comstock Community Center.  

She gave an overview of the work of the organization as it seeks to “maintain a balance” between development and open spaces. The land trust owns or holds conservation easements on 110 separate parcels totaling nearly 830 acres.

Merrill highlighted the land trust’s “high priority” project: the parcel at 183 Ridgefield Road to be used for public use under an agreement between Jim Fieber and the land trust. The 13 acres of scenic open fields are habitat for migratory birds, and home of wetlands and the Ice Age drumlin landform.

To purchase the parcel, the land trust has embarked on a comprehensive campaign that includes a foundation grant and private citizen pledges as well as an application to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for an open space land grant. The proposal includes participation from the Woodcock Nature Center, Wilton Historical Society, and other conservation and educational organizations.  

A pedestrian footpath to Wilton Town Center from the parcel is also envisioned. More information is at wiltonlandtrust.org.

The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization open to all, encourages active participation in government and works to increase the understanding of major public policy issues.

Future events include a legislative breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 9. Information:  https://wiltonlwv.org.