Three Greater Danbury area towns are receiving state grant money to preserve open space. In total, 23 municipalities will spilt little more than $6 million to purchase about 2,000 acres of land.
The Naromi Land Trust will use $76,500 to preserve nearly 38 acres in Sherman. The Eastman Parcel is undeveloped forested land south of Ten Mile River, and abuts land currently protected by Naromi Land Trust and Federal Land associated with the Appalachian Trail. The property is a mix of hardwood/hemlock forest, steep slopes, stone walls, wooded wetland, vernal pool, rock outcroppings, and vistas of the Housatonic River.
Steep Rock Association in the town of Washington will use $886,500 to preserve 50 acres known as the Johnson Farm. It is composed of 38 acres of hayfields, 12 acres of forestland, and 10 acres of wetland, which drain to Sprain Brook. While not directly abutting West Mountain Preserve, it is only a 300 yard walk.
Aspetuck Land Trust in Weston will receive about $165,500 dollars to preserve 38 acres in Weston. The Belknap Property is adjacent to Asputuck’s 81-acre Honey Hill Preserve and is part of a greenway of 2,600 acres of land owned by Wilton Land Conservation Trust, Asputuck, The Nature Conservancy and the Towns of Wilton and Weston. The proposal serves to create trail linkages and enhance habitat preservation.