"Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators; you cannot conserve the waters and waste the ranges; you cannot build the forest and mine the farm. The land is one organism." -- Aldo Leopold
National Trails Day, perhaps the Willi Brew Pub bike Hike
Because we are somewhat leery of congregating in groups, because many folks still prefer to maintain social distance, because we care about each other, CLT did not have many events in 2021. For 2022, things are opening up. Still, the situation with Covid-19 remains somewhat fluid, no matter how optimistic we all want be. All that being said, we will be more active in 2022 than in the past two years!
2022 Events & Hikes:
CLT is putting together a list of hikes and events for 2022: hikes are scheduled for June and September, with others tentatively planned. Cato Corner Farm beckons again. Our very popular Salmon River Run is again planned for October. Of course, our activities depend on the realities we encounter. We appreciate your understanding of the situation.
First and foremost: stay healthy, follow the guidelines... stay healthy! Get outside and enjoy all the bounties of each season!
Over the past several years, CLT hikes have promoted the beauty and diversity of Colchester's natural resources: parks, trails, farms, ponds, swamps, even cemeteries! We have an abundance of interesting sites in our small town. Over the years, hundreds of folks took advantage of CLT's monthly Discover Colchester Hikes to get acquainted with this natural bounty. Often, participants expressed that they had no idea there were such wonderful resources so close to home. From casual hikes along the Airline Trail to informative walks with local and regional experts, these hikes highlighted the importance of our natural surroundings. We learned to appreciate the symbiotic relationship of people and wildlife. Flora and fauna that may go unnoticed have a real effect on our well-being. Micro-organisms living underfoot and all around us are important to the maintenance of the entire ecosystem. In a real sense, we all are one.
Remember, the Colchester Land Trust is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that works to permanently protect open space in Colchester. Protecting land takes time and requires funding. Protecting open space is more important than ever, as the world changes around us.