Grant Helps Town Complete Ethel Walker Woods Land Purchase

Source: http://simsbury.patch.com/articles/grant-helps-town-complete-ethel-walker-woods-land-purchaseGrant Helps Town Complete Ethel Walker Woods Land Purchase A $500,000 state grant will help the town of Simsbury complete the third phase of the Ethel Walker Woods purchase. January 3, 2013 Submitted by the Town of Simsbury The Town of Simsbury announced today it has received a $500,000 state grant toward the acquisition and protection of the final phase of 423 acres of land known as the Ethel Walker Woods.  First Selectman Mary Glassman said the Town was notified of the grant award in a letter from Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Commissioner Daniel C. Esty of…

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The Natural World of Walker Woods — Courant.com

courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-marteka-simsbury-walker-woods-061820100617,0,5281825.column Courant.com The Natural World of Walker Woods Peter Marteka Nature's Path & Way To Go June 18, 2010 During my journeys throughout the state, I've seen deer bounding through the woods, grazing at the edges of meadows and foraging in wetlands. Never has a deer stopped and struck a pose — until a recent journey to Ethel Walker Woods. While walking through part of the 330-acre Woods, I startled a doe that looked like a cross between Bambi's mother and Rudolph's girlfriend Clarice. The doe bounded through the woods briefly before stopping abruptly and, well, posing for me…

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No Pedestrian Trail — Courant.com

courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-scenic.artfeb03,0,6297575.story Courant.com No Pedestrian Trail February 3, 2008 After more than five years of study, the prospect of the 190-mile-long Metacomet-Monadnock-Mattabesett Trail in Connecticut and Massachusetts being incorporated into the national scenic trail system appears tantalizingly close. The U.S. House of Representatives approved bill authorizing that status on Tuesday. Similar legislation is pending before the Senate. We'd be hard-pressed to think of a better candidate for national scenic trail status. The so-called "Triple-M Trail" begins on the west bank of the Connecticut River in the Maromas section of southwest Middletown, then follows the state's striking traprock ridgelines from the…

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We Should Be Thankful For The Water — Courant.com

courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-thorson1122.artnov22,0,7883057.column Courant.com We Should Be Thankful For The Water Robert M. Thorson November 22, 2007 Let's assume you are fortunate enough to be feasting with family and friends. When you pause to give thanks for your blessings, be sure to include the water that made everything possible. Then make a commitment to guard Northeastern water against Southwestern encroachment. What few modern Thanksgiving Day feasters appreciate is that, in 1621, the Pilgrims gave thanks for New England's "clear fresh water" long before they gave thanks for its food. Just look at that beautiful turkey, assuming that's your family tradition. Over-baked…

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`A Win-Win For Everyone Involved’ — Courant.com

courant.com/news/local/fv/hc-simwood0907.artsep07,0,6794101.story Courant.com `A Win-Win For Everyone Involved' Event, Open To The Public, Is Scheduled To Celebrate Town's Purchase Of 330 Acres At Ethel Walker School By LORETTA WALDMAN Courant Staff Writer September 7, 2007 SIMSBURY A hilltop at Ethel Walker School will be the site of an event Sept. 23 celebrating the town's purchase of a 330-acre portion of school property known as the Ethel Walker Woods. Although the deal closed in June, the celebration will mark a fundraising effort that brought in the millions of dollars that were needed to make it happen. "We are absolutely thrilled that…

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courant.com: Groups Meet Fundraising Goal

http://www.courant.com/news/local/fv/hc-simwood0327.artmar27,0,1157995.story Groups Meet Fundraising Goal Donations Pour In To Provide $2.7 Million Toward Purchase Of Ethel Walker Woods By LORETTA WALDMAN Courant Staff Writer March 27 2007 SIMSBURY --A frenzied final month of fundraising that included a mass mailing and a flurry of donations from residents of neighboring towns has helped two groups raise $2.7 million in private funding needed to purchase the Ethel Walker Woods. Melissa Spear is a project manager for one of the groups, the Trust for Public Land. Spear, who announced the official end to the campaign earlier in the day, told selectmen Monday night…

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courant.com: eBay Benefit Auction

http://www.courant.com/news/local/fv/hc-5brf0306_2.artmar06,0,6025912.story eBay Benefit Auction March 6 2007 AREAWIDE ---- Keep The Woods, a Simsbury-based grass-roots group, is sponsoring an eBay auction in support of its effort to preserve Ethel Walker Woods, 424-acres of open space featuring trails and wildlife atop a drinking water aquifer. The group will pick up, photograph, list the item on eBay and ship it to the new owner. All handling costs will be covered by Keep The Woods and all proceeds from the auction will go toward the purchase of the land by the town. To donate an item or contact the group for more…

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courant.com: Leading Town Into The Woods

http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-keepthewoods0226.artfeb25,0,2068666.story?page=1 Leading Town Into The Woods Activists Beating Odds In Simsbury Land Deal By LORETTA WALDMAN Courant Staff Writer February 25 2007 SIMSBURY --A wet snow is falling at dusk as a mismatched assortment of residents trickle into the Maple Tree Inn, and take their seats around a crooked line of tables in a banquet room next to the bar.They don't look particularly mighty, in their well-worn corduroy pants, rumpled sweaters, duck boots and clogs. Nor is it clear what they have in common: a retired real estate broker, retired Presbyterian minister, a registered dietitian, a college professor and…

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courant.com: Strides In Fundraising For Land Deal

http://www.courant.com/news/local/fv/hc-simland0201.artfeb01,0,2032906.story Strides In Fundraising For Land Deal By LORETTA WALDMAN Courant Staff Writer February 1 2007 SIMSBURY --Two conservation groups say they have raised more than half of the $2.75 million they pledged toward the purchase price for 424 acres of open space owned by and adjacent to Ethel Walker School. Roughly $60,000 of the $1.5 million raised was generated at a fundraiser held Saturday at Tower Ridge Country Club, at which both groups - the Trust for Public Land and Keep the Woods - were recognized for their efforts. The groups' fundraising is a key part of a…

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Historic Vote On Walker Land

http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-ethelwalker.artnov21,0,7542892.story Historic Vote On Walker Land November 21 2006In years to come, the vote by Simsbury residents to purchase the development rights to more than 400 acres of Ethel Walker School woodland for $13.9 million should be remembered as a turning point in the town's growth and in the movement to preserve open space.The land not only sits on top of an aquifer that supplies drinking water to 70 percent of the town's residents, it is an important wildlife habitat and migration route, displays vernal pools and borders other protected forests. Recognizing how critical the purchase is to sustaining…

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