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Shelton Land Trust acquires parcel on Long Hill Avenue

Pursuing land preservation one acre at a time; Thiele Woods property expands

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A map showing the new land trust property on Long Hill Avenue, on the lower left where the arrow points.

 

The Shelton Land Conservation Trust Inc. has announced its Thiele Woods parcel just grew by one acre, and now totals 4.28 acres. The newly acquired parcel at 706 Long Hill Ave. also borders an additional two acres of open space owned by the city of Shelton.

The additional acre adds street frontage to the Thiele Woods property, forever protecting the natural landscape along the road. The wooded parcel features an intermittent stream, a steep upland area containing unique rock outcroppings, and is home to area wildlife.

 

Land donated by William Thiele

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The new parcel includes stonewalls.

The trust was contacted last fall by William Thiele, who expressed interest in donating the property to the trust. After a site walk, trust officials confirmed it would be a great addition to the trust’s existing parcel.

The trust took title to the property earlier this year, and soon a sign will be installed to identify the piece and give recognition to the donor. Stewardship plans will address removal of some scattered invasive plant species before they fully consume the area.

This work will be done mostly by volunteers, but donations to support the trust’s stewardship efforts always are appreciated. Additional volunteers to complete the work also are welcome.

 

About the land trust

Founded in 1969, the Shelton Land Conservation Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection open spaces in Shelton. The trust is member supported and accepts additional donations.

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A view of the road frontage from the newly-acquired property.

The trust owns more than 360 acres throughout Shelton. Properties have been acquired by purchase, partnership, grant, and bequest. “The Trust’s members and officers are your neighbors who are working to save some of our streams, ponds, woodlands and marshes for native wildlife and for the enjoyment and education of those throughout the community,” according to land trust publicity material.

For more about the trust, go to www.sheltonlandtrust.org or like the organization on Facebook.

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A waterway on the new property.

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The Shelton Land Trust has acquired a one-acre parcel to enlarge its Thiele Woods property.

 

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