Bridgewater Land Trust Receives Land Donation
Bridgewater, CT (May 17, 2023) — The Bridgewater Land Trust is pleased to announce the permanent protection of 45 acres of forestland, meadow and wetlands along Lake Lillinonah with connecting frontage on Northrup Street. The land was donated to the Land Trust by Governor Ned Lamont and his wife Annie Lamont who have owned the Bridgewater property since 2005. The conservation value of this land is particularly high with almost half of a mile of lake frontage. In addition, it extends an existing protected greenway owned by the Nature Conservancy and is part of an identified small core forest thus protecting vital wildlife habitat.
This 45 acre preserve will be called The Lamont Preserve and includes small meadows near the Northrup Street entrance that gives way to a mature hardwood forest descending steeply to the shoreline along Lake Lillinonah.
Annie Lamont expressed her excitement in preserving this beautiful land “It has been a pleasure to work with the Bridgewater Land Trust, I am confident they will be good stewards. The environmental benefits, protection of wildlife and extension of a protected forest is truly a gift to the entire community.”
Julie Stuart, Executive Director of the Trust is thrilled that this land will remain open and natural. “We are very grateful to the Lamont’s for preserving this land in perpetuity. We look forward to further evaluation of the property to determine how it can be best preserved. There is potential for public access from existing trails owned by the Nature Conservancy.”
Christian Feuer, president of the Trust, recognized the generational impact of the incredible contribution made by the Lamont’s. “This generous donation will not only enrich our community but also inspire others to support our mission of conserving our precious land.”