On the eve of the summer solstice, New Canaan Land Trust invites you to join artist and professor Christopher Kaczmarek to visit the Labyrinth at Watson-Symington Preserve. The Labyrinth is a seven-circuit classic labyrinth 60-foot in diameter, created by Kaczmarek for the New Canaan Sculpture Trail 2020. Kaczmarek will offer an informal talk about the history of seven-circuit labyrinths and the making of the New Canaan Labyrinth from local stones gathered at the preserve. The outdoor talk will be followed by a meditative walk through the labyrinth.
Dr. Robert Marra of CT Agricultural Experiment Station will present on this topic. Sponsored by New Canaan Beautification League, New Canaan Conservation Commission, New Canaan Land Trust, Plant New Canaan, Aspetuck Land Trust, Darien Land Trust, Greenwich Land Trust, Norwalk Land Trust, Stamford Land Trust, and Wilton Land Conservation Trust. This webinar is free and open to the public. To register, go to newcanaanbeautification.org
Join the New Canaan Land Trust on Saturday, May 15th for an outdoor, environmentally-inspired poetry reading that will feature Connecticut’s Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson and seven other acclaimed Connecticut poets. Seven poets will read their poems from the recently published anthology Waking Up to the Earth. Edited by State Poet Laureate Gibson, Waking Up to the Earth is a collection of poems by Connecticut poets who write of their relationships with the earth at a time of global climate crisis.
Saying the changes will harm the environment, officials with a prominent New Canaan nonprofit organization are voicing concerns about a proposal to raise the height of a dam in the Silvermine River and construct berms and walls along its bank. The First Taxing District of Norwalk’s plans for the Grupes Reservoir Dam off of upper Valley Road will result in the permanent clearing of more than 400 native trees and shrubs that comprise important riverbank habitat, according to the New Canaan Land Trust.
The proposed barrier of berms and walls also will disconnect wetlands and streams from the reservoir at the Land Trust’s abutting 10.3-acre Browne Sanctuary, Land Trust Executive Director Aaron Lefland said. The Land Trust is joining the Norwalk River Watershed Association in petitioning the application and urging the public to participate in a Sept. 29 hearing. “We feel pretty strongly that the application the Norwalk Taxing District submitted to DEEP [state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection] is incomplete and does not address any impacts of the project,” Lefland told NewCanaanite.com.
“Of the 600-page application, two [pages] talk about impacts on vegetation and all they talk about is vegetation downstream of the dam, whereas all we are concerned about is upstream,” he said.
Please join the New Canaan Land Trust to celebrate the opening of the New Canaan Sculpture Trail on Friday, June 19th. On the eve of the summer solstice, the Summer Sculpture Soirée promises to be a fun-filled hour with live entertainment, games, food, drink, flash talks from some of the artists, a toast by a celebrity and opportunities to support the New Canaan Land Trust. 5:01 pm to 6 pm. Tickets per household are $25.00.