Naromi Land Trust  
Forever. Sherman.  
August/September 2019
                                                                                        Vol. 12, Issue 9     
Photo by Amy Smith
In This Issue
Thank You for Attending
Herrick Trail Stewardship
Babbling Brook Roof
Trail Tips
Quick Links
Support Naromi
Members, Friends and Neighbors,
August is coming to a close and kids are heading back to school.  At this transition time between seasons and milestones, it's important to reflect on our small place in this world. 

As a land trust, we must be strategic in our decision-making and thoughtful in our stewardship. As I said in our July Annual Appeal, "Naromi's 64 preserves are precious to us because we appreciate the key role they play in the complex ecological system around us and for the role they play in our lives: making precious memories with our children, finding internal solace, and cultivating community." 

For over 50 years, Naromi has worked to preserve the unique and critical pieces of our community. If you appreciate that mission, we hope you'll join your neighbors in supporting our work. Here are some Ways to Give

Yours truly

Amanda Branson
Executive Director
Thank you for coming to the Naromi Annual Meeting
Many thanks to those who attended our Annual Meeting on July 12. 

We had a  good turnout and enjoyed an engaging presentation by Dr. Eileen Fielding from Audubon Sharon about Audubon's Healthy Forest Initiative. 

West Briggs Hill Preserve was selected for this program and we'll keep you updated on the forest management plan as it evolves. 

Many thanks to the Dr. Fielding for her presentation, Erick & Linda Jellen for helping set-up, and to the Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse for letting us use their beautiful building.  

Herrick Trail Stewardship Progress
Maintaining our nine preserves with trails (not to mention our 28 other preserves) requires a lot of work! 

We received a report from a colleague at the CT chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club about branches and trees that had fallen on our Herrick Trail. He reported that it looked like the heavy crop of acorns made the tree tops very heavy and susceptible to wind shear. Our stalwart Stewardship team of Jim & Noah Wistman trekked out and cleared the trail. 

If you see anything while out and about, safety-related or otherwise, please let us know by email ( or phone at 860-354-0260.

Babbling Brook Roof Repair 
Over the past year, Naromi has been making several improvements to its farm structures. 

A recent  $7,500   grant from the  Iroquois Community Grant Program made it possible for Naromi  to complete much needed repairs to the Babbling Brook Barn. The grant helped support work that included re-sealing of the rusting metal roof, minor gutter repairs, and to replace the fiberglass skylights on the hay barn that had rotted through.

As a small non-profit organization, we are grateful for the opportunity to apply to grant programs that fund larger capital improvement projects like this. 

Trail Tips - This Month's Topic: Hiking with Kids
by Joanna Wozniak-Brown

Welcome to our new segment - "Trail Tips"! Here you'll find information about our hiking trails, trail safety, and fun activities! 

This month we are sharing some tips for hiking with kids. Hiking is great exercise (and usually free!) so taking the whole family along is simple and easy on the budget. 

Here are a few tips to make your next family hike a success:
  1. Always bring snacks. Hiking ramps up the appetite! Even if you just had breakfast or lunch, be sure to bring something for everyone. 
  2. Work with your naps. If your little one(s) still naps and they can ride along in the carrier, take the hike as a family during their nap. If they're out of the carrier, go in between naps. 
  3. Dress in layers. In the shoulder seasons (fall or spring), the weather can start out cool then warm up towards the afternoon. Make sure layers can be added or removed. 
  4. Bring extra socks. Kids are learning to navigate wet surfaces, whether by accident or on purpose. Wet feet are in the forecast. 
  5. Prepare for ticks. Whether you use physical barriers like tucking pants into socks or chemical barriers like sprays or treated clothes, choose the tools you're comfortable with to prevent tick bites. 
  6. Review safety rules with them in case you get separated. 
  7. Choose your trail by the littlest's ability. If your littlest companion is walking the trails, think about how much they can handle (or how far you can carry them) if they get tired. Our July Annual Appeal letter shared some featured hikes by difficulty such as: Wimisink Preserve (Boardwalk - easy), Mallory Trail (in center of town - easy to moderate), and Towner Hill (challenging - long hill climb with flat trail at top). 
If you'd like more tips for hiking with kids of all ages, here is a blog post from REI: Hiking with Infants, Toddlers, and Kids

Stay tuned for our next issue for more Trail Tips and Happy Hiking!