GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Minguez Trust recently donated 4 acres of woodlands on Sterling Road in Greenwich to the Greenwich Land Trust.
“We are delighted to receive this beautiful land that provides extensive wildlife habitat while protecting a section of the Byram River watershed,” Janice Trebbi Richards, the trust's board president, said in a press release.
Situated near 30 additional acres of open space permanently protected by the Greenwich Land Trust, the new Minguez Preserve is heavily wooded with beautiful specimens of sugar maples, beeches and black oaks, according to a press release. Native plants in the understory include sassafras, ferns, blue cohosh, mulberry, trillium and jack in the pulpit. The sloping hillside is bordered by an old stone wall indicating a link to Greenwich’s agrarian past.
The southern end of the property includes parts of two ponds that provide important aquatic habitat for plant, microorganism and fish species, along with a major water source for other wildlife, according to a press release.
The property’s high ecological values include the native black oaks that produce valuable food for many wildlife species and the craggy rock outcropping that provides shelter, according to a press release.
Conserving this undeveloped parcel protects the watershed area that drains into the two ponds, mitigating issues associated with nitrification, such as algae blooms and fish die off caused by development near bodies of water, according to a press release.
Conservation lands help protect our air and water, offer scenic vistas and provide wildlife habitat, according to a press release. Donations of conservation land to a not-for-profit organization, such as The Greenwich Land Trust, are eligible for tax deductions. For more information on donating land, please call Executive Director Ginny Gwynn at 203-629-2151.
The Greenwich Land Trust founded in 1976, preserves more than 745 acres of land, including woodlands, meadows, orchards, and salt marshes.
Membership is open to all. Call 203-629-2151 or click here for more information.
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