Land Heritage Coalition Sponsors Great Pond Trail Walk, Sunday October 26
The Land Heritage Coalition of Glastonbury, Inc. will sponsor a guided walk through the Great Pond Preserve on Sunday, October 26. This is the first in the LHC’s 2014-15 series of community events. The event is free and open to the public.
Whit Osgood, member of the Glastonbury Town Council and former president of the Land Heritage Coalition, will lead the walk, and Gerhard Shade, author of the original 1970 Glastonbury Hikes and Walks Trail Guide, will be the honorary leader. All hikers will receive a free copy of the updated trail guide published by the Land Heritage Coalition in 2013.
The leaders will point out the unique features of the 70-acre preserve including the the largest Red Cedar tree in New England, and unique plants and animals able to survive both flood and drought at the 12-acre Great Pond.
Hikers will meet at the trailhead on Great Pond Road in South Glastonbury at 1 p.m. Drive south from South Glastonbury center on Main St (Route 17) and turn right on Great Pond Road and go approximately ½ mile to trailhead. For further information about the Great Pond Trail Walk visit www.LHCofGlastonbury.org. You will find more information about Great Pond at the Town of Glastonbury website, http://www.glasct.org/index.aspx?page=195.
Land Heritage Coalition Sponsors Trail Walk on Sunday, November 30
If you get tired from watching too much football by Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, join the Land Heritage Coalition of Glastonbury, Inc. on a guided walk through the Hollister Preserve and the adjacent Whitehouse Family Nature Preserve on November 30 at 1 p.m. This is the second community walk in the LHC’s 2014-15 series of public events. Free and open to the public, the event offers hikers the opportunity to visit one of Glastonbury’s most scenic, and least known, natural areas. The preserves offer vistas from which hikers can view the Connecticut River Valley and the City of Hartford. The Hollister Preserve honors Carl Hollister and the Waring family, who were long-standing advocates for open space preservation in Glastonbury. The Whitehouse Family Nature Preserve was given to the Town of Glastonbury and is overseen by the Kongscut Land Trust.
Walk leaders will be Dennis McInerney and Jim Cole, members of the Kongscut Land Trust. An 18-year resident of Glastonbury, McInerney served on the Glastonbury Conservation Commission and works for a global environmental consulting firm. While studying for a Masters Degree in Geology he investigated the sedimentology of the Hartford basin. Since then he has served in a variety of environmental technical consulting and corporate risk management roles. Jim Cole is a Glastonbury native who has served on the Glastonbury Conservation/Wetlands Commission and the Kongscut Land Trust Board of Directors. His main work for more than 25 years has been to find jobs for newly arriving refugees, and he is passionate about nature, hiking, and overtone singing.
To reach the entrance from the center of Glastonbury, drive east on New London Turnpike. Turn right (westward) at the intersection of New London Turnpike and Tall Timbers Road. The walk will start at the preserve entrance on the south side of Tall Timbers Road, about 200 yards from New London Turnpike. Hikers will receive a free copy of the Glastonbury Hikes and Walks Trail Guide. For a trail map and brochure describing the site, visit http://www.glasct.org/index.aspx?page=1539. For information about this and other Land Heritage Coalition events, visit the LHC website: www.lhcglastonbury.org.