​​Bolton's rural character, easy access to Hartford, strong school system and beautiful

countryside make it an appealing place to live. Continuing growth will put pressure on the finite number of open lands remaining, and the Bolton Land Trust wants to help balance growth with preservation by offering landowners creative, cooperative, market-based solutions which honor the personal, family and financial goals of donors and sellers.

Kids' Bike and Woods Exploration, June 3, 2017

The Bolton Land Trust is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization founded in 2001. Led by a 15-member volunteer board of directors, the Trust is supported by 295 members and has preserved 190 acres in Bolton as of January, 2017. Contributions to the Bolton Land Trust are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.     

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Important Bolton Town Meeting 

Monday, July 17 7:00 p.m.

Bolton Town Hall  

The Bolton Board of Selectmen recently entered into an agreement to purchase a 53.5 acre parcel of land adjacent to Bolton High School. The Town proposes to purchase the land  from the Estate of Helen Stangeland using funds in the Town's Open Space Preservation, Acquisition and Conservation Fund.  Established in 1996, the fund consists of fees received from development projects and sales of other town land for the purpose of acquiring land for open space purposes. The purchase price is $149,000.  New taxpayer dollars are only being used for the deposit and a portion of the closing costs.

The Bolton Land Trust Board of Directors supports this purchase. The land is part of a large unfragmented forest which provides an uninterrupted corridor and habitat for wildlife. Acquiring the property will bring a section of historic Bailey Road under Town ownership, putting the Town in a position to play a role in any efforts to preserve the route on which French troops marched during the Revolutionary War. The eastern edge of the property is close to the Hop River Linear Trail, increasing the possibility of connecting with that trail in the future. The purchase is a rare opportunity to expand existing town-owned land and promotes the goals of the Town's Plan of Conservation and Development and Open Space Plan.

Voter approval of the purchase is required by Bolton's charter. 
The Bolton Land Trust Board of Directors encourages Bolton residents to attend the town meeting on Monday, July 17 at 7:00 at the town hall to vote on the purchase.

If you have questions or would like more information about the proposed purchase, please email Tony Gorman, vice president of the land trust, at tgorman@gormaninsurance.com

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                                                              Board of Directors 
Richard L. Barger                                      Heidi Luck
Laurie A. Brooks, treasurer                    Gwen E. Marrion, president
David Davis                                               Brent Mayerson
Robert E. DePietro, Jr., secretary           Pamela Sawyer  
Tony Gorman, vice president                Richard H. Treat
Ross Lally                                                  Gretchen H. Wiedie
Debbie Livingston                                    Matt Wraight
Heidi Luck

Tony Gorman, Ross Lally, Pam Sawyer, Matt Wraight, Richard Treat, Bob DePietro, Gretchen Wiedie, Deb Livingston, Laurie Brooks, David Davis, Gwen Marrion, Heidi Luck, Brent Mayerson (Rich Barger absent)

Photo by Scott Livingston

If you have questions about the Bolton Land Trust, would like to set up a confidential meeting to discuss the future of your land or are interested in becoming a member, please contact Gwen Marrion, president.
860-643-9302 or gmarrion@snet.net

                       Bolton Land Trust      38 Maple Valley Road, Bolton, CT 06043      860-643-9302      gmarrion@snet.net