Thank you for your continued support of Roxbury Land Trust. Your time and contributions help us fulfill our mission to conserve Roxbury’s open space, farms, waterways, and heritage while offering passive recreational access and environmental education. In 2017, we:
Jon Pawloski leads 2nd graders on a field trip at Mine Hill.
We look forward to new projects which include expanding our environmental education programs, installing a riparian buffer to protect the water quality of the Shepaug River, and updating our website and social media presence. Join us!
- Welcomed the community including walkers, birders, hikers, runners, and yoga enthusiasts to our trails.
- Engaged elementary and high school students from Bridgewater, Danbury, Roxbury, Washington, and Waterbury in programs celebrating Roxbury’s environment and history.
- Offered free programs including “The Sunset Celebration” Concert at the Gavel Family Preserve, an Open House at our Tophet Road Schoolhouse, and Mine Hill Geology Talk and Field Trip.
- Invested in our farms by implementing a soil improvement initiative including lime and fertilizer research.
- Improved signage and access to our Preserves.
- Maintained and improved Volunteers’ Bridge, Preserve trails, and picnic areas, including working with Taft School volunteers to remove invasive plants adjacent the Shepaug River behind our Mine Hill Road offices.
- Received a Certificate of Merit from the Roxbury Historic District Commission on the renovation of the new land trust offices in the mid-nineteenth century Henry Randall General Store and Post Office at 6 Mine Hill Road.
- Unveiled a new RLT Facebook page and Instagram account.
Thanks to all the participants who attended RLT’s popular Good Hill Schoolhouse Open House on October 22nd, 2017. Pictured, above left, are directors Mary Daniel, Joe Godfrey and Carolyn Greene.
David F. Beglan (1936-2017)
With deep sadness, Roxbury Land Trust reports the death of David F. Beglan.
David was born in Flushing, NY on July 26, 1936 and died unexpectedly at age 81 on October 30, 2017.
David was a lifelong electrician, running a successful business in Roxbury for well over 50 years. There is scarcely a house in the Roxbury area that did not have a Roxbury Electric sticker on their electrical panel at one time or another.
David was also instrumental to the formation of the Roxbury Land Trust, serving on the board of directors as well as president of that organization. He worked tirelessly to obtain the funding needed for RLT to obtain the Mine Hill Preserve and many other now-conserved Roxbury properties. After his "retirement", he remained active as the RLT Historian and gave his time educating new directors and the public about the history of Mine Hill.
Roxbury First Selectman Barbara Henry reported to the Beglan family that, "David did more for the Town of Roxbury than most people would know. He loved to travel and could tell enough historical stories to fill a book or three. He served on many Roxbury boards and commissions, including Board of Finance, Zoning Commission, Planning Commission and Civilian Defense."
David leaves behind his loving companion of many years, Mary Conseur. He also leaves three children: David J. Beglan of Jacksonville, FL, Susan (Fenner) Brownell of Happy Valley, OR, and Janet (Daniel) Sassin of Sarasota, FL. David had nine grandchildren as well as three great-grandchildren in Oregon and was predeceased by his wife Elaine (Gancoss) Beglan.
In David's honor, Roxbury Land Trust created the Dave Beglan Memorial Walk at Mine Hill, a walk at the Mine Hill Preserve which David was instrumental in acquiring for preservation.
-- Excerpted from the Newstimes.com obituary
Martha Denniston Baldwin (1935-2017)
With profound sadness, the board and staff of Roxbury Land Trust reported the death on September 17, 2017 of cherished colleague, director, and dear friend, Martha Baldwin.
Graduating from Vassar in 1957, Martha lived in New York City and Roxbury, CT. She worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Christie's and later volunteered at the Frick Museum. In 1962, she married Henry deForest (Harry) Baldwin and their marriage lasted until he passed away in 1997.
In 1969 the couple purchased a home in Roxbury so that their young family could enjoy weekends in the country. Ever concerned for the preservation of the rural character of the area, Harry, with Martha at his side, was one of the founders of the Roxbury Land Trust. The young couple, their sons, and later the sons' wives and children gathered here in the Litchfield Hills for vacations and holidays, as they have continued to do for decades.
In 2001, as a tribute to this dedicated and generous family, the Roxbury Land Trust acquired a 60-acre expanse of unspoiled woodlands and wetlands along Good Hill Road/Route 317 which would become The Baldwin Preserve.
Martha is survived by her two sons and their wives, Sherman and Alice of Darien, CT, and Alexander and Molly of Bethesda, MD, her two brothers and her five grandchildren. Martha was a warm and generous person and a dedicated environmental advocate at Roxbury Land Trust. She will be sorely missed.
Barbara Bradbury-Pape Has Joined RLT as Development Director
The Roxbury Land Trust has appointed Barbara Bradbury-Pape as the organization's new Director of Development. Bradbury-Pape, a 20-year Litchfield County resident, assumed her responsibilities on August 31, following the retirement of Susan Payne, who served most recently as the Director of Development.
The former Site Director of Bethlehem's Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Bradbury-Pape possesses a rich history of working in non-profits, including The National Trust for Historic Properties and The USS Constitution Museum. Additionally, her non-profit knowledge is furthered through her current work as a Trustee of The New Britain Museum of American Art and The Connecticut Community Foundation and previous board work with Litchfield Historical Society and Flanders Nature Center.
Bradbury-Pape joins Ann Astarita, Executive Director of the Roxbury Land Trust, and James Curren, Land and Property Manager, in promoting the mission of the organization, which is to preserve Roxbury's heritage, conserve open space, farms and waterways while offering environmental education and public access to its properties. Specifically, Bradbury-Pape will be responsible for grant writing, donor relations and fundraising.
"I am happy to join the Roxbury Land Trust, an impressive non-profit with a long-standing reputation for quality programs and management. I look forward to working with the staff, board, volunteers and Roxbury residents to further the goals of the organization through the preservation of open space, which is a great benefit to many."
Established in 1970, the Roxbury Land Trust oversees more than 3,700 acres in its preserve system with 32 preserves, active farms, and 30 miles of hiking trails. For more information, please contact the organization at 860.350.4148 or via email at email@example.com.
Susan Payne Has RetiredOn June 1, 2017 Susan Payne, who served the Roxbury Land Trust for 15 years as development director and executive director, retired.
RLT wishes Susan, who was instrumental in RLT’s accreditation and in the acquisition of our new home at 6 Mine Hill Road, every best wish as she focuses on grandparenting, volunteer commitments, and artistic pursuits.
Pictured at right: Joe Godfrey, Brian Duda, Barbara Ungeheuer, Susan Payne, Barbara Bradbury-Pape, and John Payne.
RLT names Ann Astarita Executive DirectorThe Roxbury Land Trust is pleased to announce Ann Astarita has been named Executive Director effective February 1, 2017. Ann has over 25 years of environmental experience working as an environmental scientist and consultant, nature center outreach coordinator, conservation and wetlands enforcement officer, and environmental law paralegal. She looks forward to expanding RLT’s school programs and working with local non-profits on environmental programs and projects.
Left: Attendees of RLT’s "Geology of Mine Hill" lecture in September enjoyed a special, guided field trip to the Mine Hill Quarry with instructor John Smoliga and RLT director Marc Olivieri. Right: Volunteers Bridge has been repaired. Photo by Michael Audette.
Connecting Our Past to Our Future Campaign is OngoingIn November 2015, Roxbury Land Trust acquired the historic building at 6 Mine Hill Road that once housed a general store and post office. The building's renovation was completed in 2016, and now serves as the Land Trust headquarters. It stands at the gateway to the 360-acre Mine Hill Preserve, a National Historic Landmark.
We appeal to you to help us raise $275,000 to recover part of the cost of restoration. For more information, please visit the campaign page.
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