Naromi Land Trust  
Forever. Sherman.  
November 2019
                                                                                        Vol. 12, Issue 11 
In This Issue
Explore Hadlow & Kemp's Meadow
OptOutside Hike
Picnic & Blitz Recap
GivingTuesday
Trail Tips
Quick Links
Support Naromi
Members, Friends and Neighbors,
Most of the leaves have fallen, and while that does mean cold weather is on its way, the open forest now reveals views and landscapes we rarely get to see.  Be sure to wear proper footwear, your blaze orange as you explore the trails and check yourself for ticks. 

October was a fun month! We were happy to see so many friends at various events including Hollowfest at Great Hollow Nature Preserve, the Sherman Congregational Church,and our treasured annual Picnic. 

November is keeping us busy with a successful Monitoring Blitz on November 2 and the #OptOutside Hike on November 29 (the day after Thanksgiving). 

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Naromi's Annual Appeal so far. Your support goes directly toward protecting conservation values and the rural character that make Sherman the town you know and love.   Giving Tuesday is coming up. This year, it is on December 3, 2019 - more info below. This is a great day to renew your membership, if you haven't already.
 
We are so grateful for your support and for making Naromi Land Trust one of your charities of choice so please keep us in mind on #GivingTuesday, in your company match programs and through our Annual Appeal.
 
Yours truly,

Amanda Branson
Executive Director
Explore Hadlow & Kemp's Meadow
If you're looking for a great place for a family hike after the big Thanksgiving meal, consider exploring Hadlow field and Kemp's Meadow. You might already know Hadlow as the site of our annual picnic. Adjacent to it, is Kemp's Meadow, in honor of the life of Philip Kempton Mandeville,  a longtime director, Treasurer, and member of Naromi Land Trust.  
 
These two fields are usually allowed to grow tall grass to serve as a habitat for various species and only mowed occasionally to keep woody vegetation from taking hold. At the moment, they are have both been mowed and the beautiful view can be enjoyed by all.      
 
#OptOutside with Naromi Land Trust
This year, Naromi is hiking the trails on West Briggs Hill. Please join us on Friday, November 29 from 10am to noon.

What better way to recover from the big meal on Thursday than to hike on Friday (Black Friday)? Join us on November 29 at 10am as a part of #OptOutside -  an alternative to Black Friday. This is a 2+ mile moderate hike with an uphill climb early on followed by rolling terrain and some short uphill sections. The stone walls on this preserve are spectacular, both near the road and at the top.
 
Please bring water, wear sturdy hiking shoes and plan for ticks. RSVP via office@naromi.org or call 860-354-0260. Please leave your email or phone number so we may reach you in case of cancellation. The West Briggs Hill Preserve is located between #11 West Briggs Hill and #30 Briggs Hill. The kiosk is visible from the road and parking is along the road.

 
Big Thanks to our Volunteers!
We were lucky for great weather for both the Annual Pic nic an d Mo nitoring Blitz.  

Many thanks to Chris, Erick, and Linda Jellen, Marge Jo sephson, Chris Theodoros, Ian Gribble and Don Lowe for making the Picnic such a success!   
 
And many thanks to our incredible volunteer land stewards for participating in our Monitoring Blitz and monitoring throughout the year. Land trusts must monitor the easements they hold in order to be able to defend the boundaries as written in the deed. Monitors volunteer their time to walk the boundaries and note any potential concerns. For small but mighty organizations such as ours, our stalwart volunteers are critical to our success. We are so very grateful to them!    
    
Remember Naromi Land Trust on Giving Tuesday
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.   
 
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (December 3 this year), #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. 
 
If you have not made your membership contribution yet this year or would consider making an additional contribution on GivingTuesday you will be helping to ensure Naromi keeps its promise to protect open space in Sherman.
 
Everyone who makes a contribution of $50 or more on #Giving Tuesday will receive a fun token of our thanks - a Naromiyocknowhusunkatankshunk window cling.   Click  HERE  to make your contribution today or on Giving Tuesday!   Thank you for your support!
 
Trail Tips - This Month's Topic: Managing Ticks
by Joanna Wozniak-Brown

After a relatively quiet summer, the ticks have sprung out for one last hurrah before winter. Unfortunately, these tiny creatures carry big consequences including anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Lyme disease, the Powassan virus, tularemia, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Warmer days and heavy precipitation from climate change will only encourage their numbers.  
 
You can read more about ticks common to Connecticut and their potential pathogens on the CT Department of Health's website.   
 
Despite their prevalence, there are a lot of ways to manage our exposure and still revel in the beauty of the outdoors.  
 
The best way to protect yourself is to prevent them from biting you in the first place. Here are some key things to do before, during, and after being outdoors.  
 
Before: 
  • Always a fashion statement and a good idea, tuck your pants inside your sock and your shirt into your pants.
  • Wear light-colored clothing to spot them easier.
  • Use tick-repelling clothes. Companies like Insect Shield and BugsAway and clothes available at outdoor retailers like L.L. Bean and REI sell clothes treated with permethrin,
  • Use tick-spray. There are a mix of products available out there using "natural" or chemical ingredients.
During:
  • During high tick times, especially spring and fall, avoid over-grown trails.
  • Try to stay on center of the trails. Ticks tend to hide in leaf litter, tall grasses, and shrubs.
  • Take your breaks in less risky areas.
  • Periodically check your clothes for any hitchhikers.
After:
  • Do a check-over of you, your family, and your dog before getting in the car. You can use a lint roller or painters tape to remove them.
  • Put your clothes in a hot dryer for at least 8 minutes, which will dry out the ticks.
  • Take a shower when you get home and C.Y.C. - check your creases - for ticks since they like to hide in warm spots.
  • If you are bitten, remove the tick with tweezers. Do not squeeze or twist. You can send the tick to be tested.The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and TickReport from UMass Amherst are two options.
While we certainly have to strategize a bit more to avoid ticks, these are relatively simple techniques to reduce the risks and still enjoy the great outdoors.