WHAT: Public dedication of the Wyndham Land Trust’s 124-acre Robbins Preserve in Thompson, Conn. Activities will include a walk or tractor and hay-wagon ride around the preserve.
WHEN and WHERE: 1 p.m., Saturday, May 25; Fred Davis Road in Thompson, just off Quaddick Town Farm Road.
WHO: The public is invited to join former property owner Mac Robbins and representatives of the Wyndham Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy and the Town of Thompson.
ABOUT: Bisected by the Five-Mile River, Robbins Preserve links conservation lands in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and supports habitat for state-listed species.
The land was protected last year. The Wyndham Land Trust received an Open Space matching grant from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and shared the cost of the match with The Nature Conservancy to purchase the land from Malcolm (Mac) Robbins. The Wyndham Land Trust now owns and manages the land once used as working farmland and owned by Mr. Robbins’ father.
The land supports one of the best populations of variable sedge, an endangered species in Connecticut. It also provides suitable habitat for the frosted elfin butterfly, a state-listed threatened species, and wetlands and vernal pools support a variety of amphibian species, including blue-spotted salamander, a state-listed species of special concern.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
Director of Outreach and Watershed Programs
The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut