Naromi Land Trust  
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                                                                                               January 2019
                                                                                         Vol. 10, Issue 1      
  Katie Smith exploring the Saw Mill Brook on Mallory Trail.  Photo by Amy Smith.
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Snow Shoe Hike
Something Different
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Members, Friends and Neighbors,
Happy New Year to you all!  

It is with great excitement that we announce that Naromi received a donation of 13.87 acres on Wagon Wheel Road.  Not only is this a great contribution to our existing 1,500 acres, it connects two other conserved parcels to create 40 contiguous acres land preserved forever.  

This year, we are working closely with our tenant farmers to improve their experience and ensure that our agricultural fields are in good shape and we are working on protecting more land in Sherman.  Acquisitions often take a long time to complete.  We have been working on a few for some time and we can't wait to share them with you in 2019.

I hope that  you are taking advantage of our hiking trails (links below): take a beautiful photo of the sun setting on Upland Pastures field; enjoy a long winter walk at the Herrick Preserve and take in the view of the Housatonic River; or participate in our monthly outreach programs.  

Thank you!

Amanda Branson
Executive Director
Snow Shoe Hike With Deer Pond Farm & Great Hollow
Naromi Land Trust is teaming up with Great Hollow and Connecticut Audubon Society to lead a snowshoeing exploration of Deer Pond Farm in Sherman on Saturday, January 26 from 11:00 - 1:00 pm.  

We are watching weather and ground conditions and will confirm on Friday if we will postpone this event to a later date.  Stay tuned. 

To register or confirm if the event will take place, please click HERE or call Deer Pond Audubon at (860) 799-4074 for additional information.

Naromi Hiking Trails - Enjoy!
View from Herrick Overlook on Herrick Trail
Naromi has preserved seven wonderful trails for you to enjoy right here in Sherman.  If you have any questions about our trails, please do not hesitate to contact us at office@naromi.org.

We have a little something for everyone from our Wimisink Boardwalk that is .25 miles with a beautiful bench to watch and listen for local bird species to our Mallory Trail through moderate terrain which leads you to a lovely, meandering stream. Our Towner Hill/Irene's Woods trails have some steep inclines but bring you to the top of the double hilltop for level hiking past vernal pools and winter views.

For a more challenging hike, try our Herrick Trail located on Evans Hill Road or our West Briggs Preserve located on Briggs Hill Hill Road.  Our Herrick Trail has two beautiful overlooks and connects with to the Appalachian Trail. West Briggs Hill carries you up a wooded hillside  across a stream to a lovely oak forest with many impressive old stonewalls.

We invite you to walk our Hadlow Field located off of Cozier Hill Road (where we hold our annual picnic).  There is no formal hiking trail but park by the gate and walk up the edge of the field for an amazing view north (gets cold up there so dress warmly most of the year!)

If you are interested in any of our trails, please go to www.naromi.org/naromihikingtrails   to find our online trail maps.  As with any hike, please be sure you wear appropriate shoes and clothing that is easily seen, plan for ticks and be sure dogs are leashed or under your full control.

Happy Hiking!!!
50th Anniversary Posters Still Available
We have copies of Naromi's 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Poster of Upland Pastures available here in the office while the Sherman Old Store is closed for the winter season.  

We have framed copies available for $80 (black frame 12" x 36") or $50 unframed (this size fame is can be found on Amazon as well).

Just send us an email at office@naromi.org if you are interested in purchasing this beautiful poster by Justin P. Goodhart to the Upland Pastures or Naromi fan in your life!!!

Something Different!
Photo by Dennis Larkin
This unique photo was taken by our resident nature photographer Dennis Larkin.

This female Cardinal was captured just taking off and displays gorgeous red underneath her wingspan that you don't normally get a chance to see.

Small bit of trivia - did you know that a male Cardinal is actually a brighter red during the winter?  It's true!!!  Read THIS link to All About Birds for more information!