Land trust begins annual membership drive

The Wilton Land Conservation Trust has begun its annual membership campaign with a town-wide mailing to renew current memberships and attract new ones. The campaign package includes its annual report featuring current activities.
Foremost among these, according to land trust president Bruce Beebe, is incorporating the new Keiser Preserve on which the land trust and the Town of Wilton hold a conservation easement. The protected property totals 35 acres on Seeley and Cannon Roads. A preliminary meadow and forest trail has been plotted next to a new post and rail fence leading walkers from the Seeley Road entrance west to the Norwalk River. An Eagle Scout project to build a kiosk with trail map is in the offing.
A generous neighbor’s gift allowed the land trust to remove dead trees and brush from the Walter Preserve at the intersection of Keeler Ridge Road and Ridgefield Road near the Keeler Ridge Meadow, the land trust reports. Mowed paths lead walkers to the abutting Harrison Smith Preserve.
The land trust continues its meadow restoration project in Schenck’s Island Park in Wilton Center. In a larger landscape of more than 20 land trusts and conservation commissions the land trust is working with the Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership on a federally funded project to encourage environmentally appropriate management of significant land and water resources between the Hudson and Housatonic Rivers. Participating organizations in Westchester and Putnam counties are supporting the study.
As has become customary, photos of land trust landscapes and plant and insect species are enclosed in the membership package. The campaign is being managed by Trustees Frank Mabley and Tom Walker.
Accumulated over 51 years, the land trust oversees more than 800 acres in 110 Wilton properties that are permanently protected. Information on properties and trails is available on its website,