By Branford Land Trust Press Release • 05/24/2022 4:51 PM EST
The Branford Land Trust (BLT) is delighted to announce the purchase of Jarvis Creek Farm. Through community support, including grants and donations, BLT has raised over $1,700,000 to preserve and protect this 20-acre section of the Medlyn Farm south of Highway 146 and along the salt marsh of Jarvis Creek.
Nearly 500 donations, large and small, have enthusiastically arrived since BLT announced the fundraiser in November. Support came from BLT members, Branford residents, friends and family near and far. An additional $50,000 came from the Guilford Land Conservation Trust.
BLT is particularly grateful to the Seedlings Foundation for recognizing the strategic and scenic importance of this special property and for offering generous financial support at the start of the campaign so that BLT could proceed with the purchase with confidence, and at the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), which provided $500,000 through an EPA Long Island Sound Improvement Grant. Combined with a generous donation in memory of Thomas A. Steitz and an anonymous donation, BLT exceeded its goal.
This effort was made possible through the support of Audubon Connecticut, Connecticut Audubon Society, Friends of Historic Route 146, Menunkatuck Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut and Save the Sound. BLT also appreciates the local media for helping to publicize this unprecedented fundraising effort.
BLT is delighted to assume stewardship of Jarvis Creek Farm, which, as DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes noted, “provides places for outdoor education, research and outdoor recreation, critical habitat for the reproduction and feeding of fish and wildlife, and the control of flooding and erosion”.
BLT looks forward to sharing what happens next as it seeks to create a property management plan that addresses trails, access, educational opportunities, and swamp migration.
“This kind of open space reserve is part of what makes Branford such a special place,” said BLT President Pete Raymond. “We are very grateful to our members and the community who continue to support the BLT in its work to maintain and manage these natural places for future generations. Thank you!”
BLT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, accredited by the Land Trust Alliance, established in 1967 to protect Branford’s open spaces and natural resources. Run by volunteers and supported by member families and businesses, the land trust manages and protects over 1,000 acres spread over more than 130 parcels and holds conservation easements on an additional 400 acres in Branford. For more information, visit www.branfordlandtrust.org.