Naromi Land Trust  
Forever. Sherman.  
December 2019
                                                                                        Vol. 12, Issue 12
Blue Jay
Photo by Dennis Larkin
In This Issue
New Acquistions!
Year End Support
Hunting Season
Quick Links
Support Naromi
Members, Friends and Neighbors,
As 2019 comes to a close, your land trust has some exciting news to share!  
Years of work on several projects have culminated to a very eventful couple of weeks - preseving an additional 137 acres of land in Sherman forever.  Some details are below, with much more information coming in January. I am so proud that we have been able to leverage Naromi's wide support in the community to attract a variety of restricted grants and directed donations to cover the expenses for each of these projects.  This leaves membership contributions free to support the land trust's operations, education and outreach programs, and stewardship of the sixty-four properties we are responsible for throughout Sherman.  
We hope that, as you reflect on the past year and the next to come, that you'll consider supporting Naromi in your year-end giving so we can continue our long-term vision of conservation.  

Yours truly,

Amanda Branson
Executive Director
Four New Acquisitions
View from the Housatonic Overlook at the Herrick Preserve
We are so incredibly excited to announce that as of December 20, Naromi has preserved four NEW properties.

Acquiring new land for land trusts can take a long time. There are a lot of "moving" parts to orchestrate. It usually entails nurturing long-term relationships with land owners, applying for grants whenever they become available, and conducting all of the appropriate due diligence. As an accredited land trust, we are responsible for the stewardship of each property forever, so we conduct extensive due diligence to ensure we can carry out that promise. Naromi considers many factors before moving forward with a purchase, including but not limited to: parcel size, connection to existing conservation land, historic uses, scenic vistas, state or federal regulations, etc.

Every one of these acquisitions expands on existing Naromi holdings. We'll share more details in the new year but, briefly, the acquisitions are:
  • 6 acres of forest and wetland that abut Caroline Herrick preserve, creating an 8.5 acre contiguous preserve. The acquisition was supported in part with funding from The Nature Conservancy Berkshire Wildlife Linkage Jessie B. Cox Catalyst Fund
  • 20 acres of critical habitat, forest, agricultural land, and wetlands that abuts Wimisink Preserve, creating nearly 80 acres of contiguous preserved land. Conducted in partnership with Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust, this acquisition was supported in part with funding from Army Corps of Engineers, administered by the National Audubon Society, and The Nature Conservancy Berkshire Wildlife Linkage Jessie B. Cox Catalyst Fund.
  • 37 acres of forest and critical habitat, abutting Naromi's Herrick Preserve and the Appalachian Trail. It creates 184 contiguous preserved acres. This project was supported in part by CT Open Space & Watershed Acquisition program, Highlands Coalition,  the John T. and Jane A. Weiderhold Foundation, and the Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership Wild East Action Fund.
  • 74 acres of critical habitat, forest, steep slopes, and wetlands. This acqusition, to be partially stewarded with a restricted cash bequest, creates a nearly 120 acres preserve.  
Acquisitions don't happen every day but with a little luck and lot of hard work and member support, Naromi completed FOUR in two weeks! We can't wait to share more in the new year! 
Year-end Membership Drive
We are incredibly grateful for our members. You are an inspiration on a daily basis, whether it's through your photo submissions, your volunteered time, or your friendly report on the wildlife you see on our preserves.  
We love hearing how much you enjoy the land we all love. Protecting it in perpetuity is a labor of love.  
We hope that you'll consider supporting Naromi as you review your year-end contributions. With each contribution, you will be helping conserve and protect some of the most special places in Sherman and important natural resources of our region, including wildlife habitats, water quality, agricultural lands and scenic vistas, for the benefit of, and use by, current and future generations.
Thank you for your support! Many blessings to you during the holidays and into the New Year!
Reminder to Wear Orange
Hunting season is still underway in Connecticut. 

Everyone who spends time in or near the woods
should wear fluorescent orange for safety
This is the very best way to be visible to hunters. Here is some more information about outdoor safety related to hunting season.    

Naromi allows hunting on select preserves with single permits issued to screened hunters.

The dates for archery are 9/15 to 1/31 and for shotgun/rifle are 11/20 to 12/31, however there is no hunting allowed in CT on Sundays. Here is more information on
hunting in Connecticut.