WILTON – The Foothills Land Conservancy met June 19 at the American Legion Hall and was welcomed by retiring president Pam Prodan of Weld and elected board officers.

Prodan spoke on the proposed new standards for Land Trusts, the implications for local trusts, the political reasons behind the push for standards and the imperative for Foothills to be proactive in adopting the new standards.

Peter Chamberlain presented the nominations for board officers for the coming year. A unanimous vote resulted in the following being elected: President, Ben Welsh; vice president, Nancy Prince; treasurer, Ron McAllister; secretary, Jan Collins.

Retiring board members Nancy Stowell and Doug Freeman were thanked for their services. Both have been active and essential members of the board since the Trust’s inception.

A walk on the Headwaters Property followed the meeting. The property is located at the Weld Road junction with Pond Road in Wilton and is well used by the public both winter and summer.

Judy and Peter Schmitt, volunteer managers of the property, led the walk along new mowed paths through fields full of flowering blue-eyed grass. They detailed the social and natural history of the area, pointing out signs of wildlife such as turtle egg shells, deer tracks, trees downed by beavers. Discussions emphasized the importance of the acquisition to Wilson Stream and Wilson Lake water quality and to the preservation of wildlife habitat.


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