The Great Meadows Conservation Trust preserves
parcels by ownership or by easement. As of 2007 we own
46 parcels for a total of 172 acres, and we hold conservation
easements on 3 parcels for a total of 15 acres.
The parcels we own are generally open
to the public from dawn to dusk. In some cases we may
close a parcel if needed to protect environmental resources.
We manage the parcels we own to protect and enhance natural
resources. In February, 2005, the Board of Directors approved
a revised Land Management Plan which tells about our management
policies. Click here to read our Land
Management Plan (in pdf format).
Most of our parcels are located in the
meadows among parcels of many other owners. They are hard
to find without guidance. Our winter walks visit many
of our parcels. Two of our parcels, the Eleanor Buck Wolf
Parcel and the Wood Parcel, are a few steps from the village
of Old Wethersfield.
Buck Wolf Parcel
Buck Wolf worked tirelessly to protect and preserve the
Great Meadows for future generations. This parcel, named
in her memory, is a remnant of the Buck family farm that
extended from the shore of the cove up both sides of Jordan
by the Buck family for generations, the parcel was donated
to The Nature Conservancy to be preserved in perpetuity,
by Francis Goodwin, III. The Nature Conservancy in turn
gave the land to the Great Meadows Conservation Trust.
It would revert to The Nature Conservancy if the Trust
ceased to exist.
Wolf parcel, easily accessible from Hartford Avenue in
Wethersfield, affords views from the North side of the
Wethersfield Cove. The fourteen acres of meadows, marsh
and wooded flood plain extend along the shore of the Cove
and Folly Brook. Great Blue Heron, Kingfisher, ducks,
river otter and many other species inhabit the area.
walks every winter introduce the public to the sights,
and to our plan to control the encroaching forest, and
restore and maintain the meadow and marsh habitat. A draft
of a study by naturalist William Neiring of the flood
plain forest habitat in this area with data from 1961
can be found here.
The Wood Parcel
Wood parcel is accessible from Middletown Avenue in Old
Wethersfield, and affords views of Beaver Brook, the marsh
of "fearful swamp," and six acres of sweet corn
grown by Anderson Farms. Click
here for map. The property was acquired from a family
that had used it for several generations. The purchase
price was partially reimbursed by a DEP Open Spaces grant.
An 18th Century home stood
on the site until the construction of Route 3.
are held here every winter.
The Trust has been actively
managing the parcel to control invasive species.
Town has engineered a proposal to improve the stream channel
as it flows through the parcel which, when completed,
will enable public access to views of the marsh and brook,
as well as clear debris.
other parcels we protect are conservation easements. A
conservation easement allows the donor to continue to
own and use the parcel as he or she wishes. It puts a
series of restrictions on what cannot be done with the
parcel. No buildings are allowed, and other restrictions
are imposed depending on what resources are being protected.
The restrictions are passed down to future owners of the
The Trust’s role is to monitor the parcel and ensure
that none of the restrictions in the easement document
are being violated. The Trust will enforce the restrictions
if they are not followed.
Since the land continues to be privately owned, these
parcels are not open to the general public, unless the
easement allows it. Some of our easements are visited
on the winter walks.