Naromi Land Trust  
Forever. Sherman.                
                                                                                               November 2018 
                                                                                         Vol. 9, Issue 11        

Can you tell us what kind of bird this is?  First person to let us know at will receive a a Naromiyocknowhusunkatankshunk window cling.  Photo by Dennis Larkin.
In This Issue
Reschedule Kids Program
#OptOutside Hike Towner Hill
YES for Question #2
Upland Pasture Poster at Old Store
Wear Orange!
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Members, Friends and Neighbors,
It feels as though Fall flew by as we experience our first snow event.  We hope you were able to enjoy hiking on our trails and will continue to do so even with snow on the ground.  Just be sure to wear proper footwear and layers to ensure you are comfortable.  Don't forget to wear your blaze orange and plan for ticks as they are always out, even in the colder weather!  This goes for your 4 legged friends as well!

I am looking forward to leading our annual #OptOutside hike on Friday, November 23 at 9:30 am at our Towner Hill Preserve.  See details below.  I hope you can join my family and I on one of Naromi's signature trails! 

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Naromi's Annual Appeal over the last two weeks.  Your support goes directly toward protecting conservation values and the rural character that make Sherman the town you know and love.  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.
Wishing you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Amanda Branson
Executive Director
1/2 Day Children's Program at Sherman Library Rescheduled
White Memorial's resident owl Shakespeare.
Naromi & The Sherman Library have rescheduled our Sound's of Nature's Music children's program for today.

We will reschedule this program for next Tuesday, November 20 starting at 1:30.   Space is limited and children walking to the program from the Sherman School must have a signed permission form, pack a lunch and will meet in the Sherman School Cafeteria before walking to the library. Parents are also welcome to bring their child directly to the program at 1:30. 

To reserve your spot, please call 860-354-2455 or email

Carrie Szwed, Education Director from White Memorial Conservation Center will lead this highly interactive program. Participants will learn to identify some of the animals and creatures that call Connecticut home by the sounds they make. White Memorial's resident Barred owl, Shakespeare, will make a guest appearance.

This program is free and open to the public. We hope you can join us for this fun and information program!
#OptOutside Towner Hill Preserve - Friday, November 23
Join us, before, after, or instead of your shopping on Black Friday at Towner Hill!

Naromi is hosting an #OptOutside hike on Friday, November 23 at 9:30 am on our Towner Hill Preserve located on Route 37 led by Executive Director Amanda Branson.  Hikers will park at the White Silo parking area and carpool to the Towner Hill Preserve trail head up the road.

This moderately difficult 2 mile hike includes a short but steep uphill walk.   Please bring water, wear sturdy hiking shoes and plan for ticks (yes even after the snow!).  
RSVP is required.  or call 860-354-0260.
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 (November 27 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.  FOREVER!

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!
Thank You for Voting YES on Question #2
Thank you to everyone who voted YES on Question #2 on November 6th. Below is in an email we received from Eric Hammerling at CFPA.  It aptly summarizes the importance of the success of Question #2 on Tuesday's ballot. However, more importantly, it is a reminder that our work is not over.  It is in our hands to ensure that we utilize the rights we have earned to determine how our public lands are managed.  

Thank you again to all those who voted YES to Question #2! 

You did it!! Thank YOU!!
The passage of Question #2 tonight means that your state-owned public lands are now safe from being sold, swapped, or given away by the CT General Assembly without first receiving adequate input from the public.
As you know, this is a significant change from the bad practice the General Assembly has used for many years -- giving away public lands at the end of each Legislative session through a last-minute amendment passed without any public input at all. In the future, this will no longer happen.
You have literally gained a new right in the state constitution to speak up for your public lands before the General Assembly can sell, swap, or give them away. That is a BIG deal!
But there is still work left to do to protect your public lands.
Now that you have the right to a public hearing, you also share the obligation to participate when future public hearings are held by the General Assembly regarding the fate of your public lands. As you can see with Question #2's victory, participating makes a difference!
We will do our best at CFPA to get out the word to you when these public hearings are scheduled in the future, but when that happens (probably in February/March 2019) I hope you will proudly exercise your new right and provide input when the need arises.
So, please enjoy this landmark victory (and victory for public landmarks), and thank you again for making it possible!
All the best,
Eric Hammerling, Executive Director
Connecticut Forest & Park Association

Great Holiday Gift!
Our 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Poster of Upland Pastures is now on sale at the Sherman Historical Society Old Store - Framed & &Unframed!  Great gifts for the holidays!  Stop by and show someone who loves Sherman that you love them!
Old Store Hours are Wednesday - Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 pm!  

Wear Orange in the Woods!
Photo by Marge Josephson
Deer hunting season continues in Connecticut. Hunting is allowed by permit only from September 15 through January 31.   Please be sure that you are staying on all preserve trails.  There is private property around our preserves so please be considerate of our hunters.  And, as always, be sure to wear blaze orange to be visible whenever in the woods!