Chester, Connecticut

In 2020, the year of the Covid-19 virus, The Chester Land Trust continued with our dedicated mission—Protecting irreplaceable forests, farmlands, wetlands and wildlife for the purpose of enjoying our natural resources, open spaces, and our unique environment for present and future generations here in Chester. We are fortunate to have loyal membership and friends that generously support the CLT mission. We hope that everyone will respect, admire, and enjoy all of our open space here in Chester. Chester residents have always considered open space, passive recreation, and environmental concerns a high priority.
The 2020 Board of Trustees consisted of: The Officers, President Bill Myers, Vice President Jenny Kitsen, Treasurer Amy Gordon-Pullin, and Co-Secretaries Steve Kline and Pete Yuhasz. Other Trustees include Deb Dembo, Gail Norling, Marie-Ann Heft, and Fran Curto.  
CLT currently owns 94 acres of open space in Chester, and have another 18 acres in Conservation Easement. Maintenance, upkeep, and the monitoring of our 14 preserves continues as a major priority task. The Carini preserve at 30 Water Street in the center of town, and the Constance Baker Motley Preserve at 100 Cedar Lake Road, are the most visited preserves. We installed a 8 foot new picnic table at the Carini Preserve this year and rebuilt the Carini kiosk. Knotweed removal continues as a routine measure to control this non-native invasive plant.
At the Motley Preserve, we installed the bronze Connecticut Freedom Trail plaque on a native Granite rock, on display near the kiosk. The Motley preserve sign was completely redesigned and reinstalled. A brand new 1/2 mile loop trail was designed and built on this 7 acre preserve. It is considered a “moderate to difficult” natural terrain trail. Several descriptive trail signs were installed, and the public has offered great reviews.
We have done significant improvements and many other changes to the Chester Land Trust website to improve communications with supportive members and residents. Follow the work of CLT on the website as we continue to protect open space for current and future generations here in Chester.
Submitted November 20th, 2020
Bill Myers
President Chester Land Trust

The 2020 Chester Land Trust Annual Report