MLCT held its Annual Meeting at Milford Public Library in June, 2018. A brief business meeting to report on events of the Land Trust was followed by confirmation of new officers and directors.
Daniel Zoto, a UConn-trained archeologist, spoke on "History in the Half Shell: A Native American Shell Midden at Laurel Beach" -- a fascinating presentation exploring 3,000 years of Native American life at the mouth of the Housatonic River based on an extensive archaeological dig project and subsequent research. The tools, shells and animal remains discovered at the site piece together a story of land use over thousands of years. The site is near Nancy's Meadow and the Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) grant
The Land Trust received word that NRCS grant funds will be available for the Emergency Watershed Protection / Floodplain Easement program (EWP/FPE) to enhance MLCT parcels in the upper Calf Pen Meadow Marsh. The subject parcels are located within the Bay View neighborhood bordered by Melba Street, Welchs Point Road, and Buckingham Avenue.
Acquisition of Platt Family Salt hay parcel
Located within the popular Milford Gulf Pond watershed area, this parcel is bounded by Shadyside Lane, Pond Point Avenue, and New Haven Avenue. It joins an adjacent MLCT-owned parcel, thereby enlarging area conservation holdings in an fragile ecosystem.
Lifetime honorary membership to Milford Mayor Benjamin G. Blake
At an April meeting of the Milford Board of Aldermen, the Milford Land Conservation Trust conveyed a honorary lifetime membership to Mayor Ben Blake. Mayor Blake has worked to improve recreational park areas, preserve historical properties, and enhance open space within the City of Milford.
Removal of boat from Anderson Avenue parcel
Neighbors of the Anderson Avenue land trust parcel were excited to witness the removal of a 17' stern-drive runabout stranded in the Indian River watershed. The abandoned boat was a familiar sight for travelers on Anderson Avenue and by Woodmont neighbors for many years.
Center Auto Towing used a tow cable to loop around the boat as well as the inboard motor that had separated and was able to drag it out and up onto Anderson Avenue, approximately 200 feet away. They also retrieved a telephone pole that we hope to relocate to Nancy's Meadow to be used as a parking buffer.
The City of Milford assisted by removing the boat, engine, and about 6 bags of debris litter that MLCT members picked up after the boat removal.
Guided walks, workshops, public presentations
Our members walked and erected signage at many parcels, including near Clark's Pond behind REI Milford, Timber Trail, Anderson Avenue, Old Oronoque Road, and our flagship parcel, Nancy's Meadow.
We are beginning to undertake invasive plant management efforts at Nancy's Meadow as part of a coastal habitat restoration project. We have made it a priority to develop land management plans beginning in 2019 that will restore and preserve our unique assets.