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May 27   Click on the GOSA Instant! News image at left to read about how you can help protect Connecticut’s open space budget… right now!

X-townTrailimagePeterMartekaNational Trails Day: Saturday, June 6, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm: X-Town Trail Hike

Click here to read Peter Marteka’s Hartford Courant article about the X-Town Trail that crosses GOSA property. He calls the trail a “tribute to what towns and cities can accomplish when open space is connected and showcased.” Visit page 5 of GOSA’s spring newsletter for details.

TMFFCowslipbridgeMay 22   New Bridge Built Over Cowslip Brook at the Merritt Family Forest Improves X-Town Trail

Assisted by 20 young, enthusiastic and strong Naval Submarine Base volunteers, the  bridge was completed in record time: less than 30 minutes! Volunteers carried the frame from the road to the brook, and pushed or carried the wheel barrels filled with pre-cut boards and equipment to the crossing site. With five drills working, we started at both ends and met in the middle. As the last board fell into place, the Cutler Cross-Country team crossed the bridge for its first official use. Thank you U.S. Navy Volunteers! The bridge even came in under budget with donated surplus screws and supplies. 

SCHigh Water SFGOSA Hikes: Sunday, June 7, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Sheep Farm and Fort Hill Brook

Meander through the forests and fields of this historic farm, visiting the old dam site and lovely waterfall on Fort Hill Brook. Moderate to easy trails. Family friendly. Click here for Sheep Farm map. Meet at 10:00 am at 245/255 Hazelnut Hill Road (on the right up the hill  from the Pequot Health Center entrance). Rain or shine. Pre-registration is recommended. For questions and to register, call Sidney F. Van Zandt 860-572-5715, svanzandt3@aol.com  Please, no dogs. 


CR gorgeous landscape imageSunday, June 7, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Candlewood Ridge and the Avery Farm

Explore GOSA’s newest acquisitions in north Groton and Ledyard with GOSA’s botanist and president.  Moderate difficulty, approximately 2.5 miles. Meet at the southern gate of Lambtown Road Extension, immediately north of the Ledyard/Groton border. Use 245 Lambtown Road Ext., Ledyard as an address for your GPS device. Reservation required. For questions or registration information, call Joan Smith at 860-536-9811. Please, no dogs. 


PreserveLocationApril 30  Congratulations to The Trust for Public Land!
Great news! The 1000-acre Preserve, the largest unprotected coastal forest between New York City and Boston, will be permanently protected from future development. Straddling the Essex-Old Saybrook border, the Preserve connects to 500 acres of existing town parkland—including miles of trails—and provides more opportunities for hiking and wildlife viewing. Read more




Keeping Our Properties and Parks Clean and Beautiful

April 28 Joan Smith reporting: “Many thanks to all who volunteered to help with the The Merritt Family Forest Clean-up.The clean-up took about 2.5 hrs. Eighteen large trash bags were filled with an amazing array of strange materials including car parts, pieces of metal, foam, and a traffic signal light. A plastic human skull won first prize for most unusual item while urine bottles won for most disgusting. The property looks great now. We picked up on both sides of the road and all around the intersection at Flanders too.”


HFCleanupDad4.25.15April 25 Joan Smith reporting: “GOSA’s Annual Haley Farm State Park Clean-up attracted GOSA members and friends of all sizes (see header image above) including UCONN Alumni, UCONN Eco-Huskies, Cache in-Trash-Out Geocachers and Canine Patrol Cadets (true heroes!). Five acres of invasive plants were lopped and trash bags filled. Large metal pieces, a buoy, a colorful kite and much more were removed from fields, shoreline, roadside and woods. A shout-out to The Last Green Valley for help in sponsoring tools, gloves, bags, water, cider and food. UCONN Alumni provided grinders and water and Eco-Huskies provided bags and water. Thanks everyone.”

April 23 We had a great time at the GOSA Gala! Thanks to the many who organized and attended the event. Pictures and more coming soon.

Outreach to kids
CK Explorer’s Club
here to read an article about this wonderful program for kids.




GOSA’s Spring Newsletter Click on the newlsetter image to read about “lawn-love” and its impact on the Sound, about some exciting sustainable development ideas from our new town planner, and much more.

Fundraising:  Avery Farm Update

“Preservation projects such as these,” said Malloy, “are fundamental to maintaining our high quality of life, protecting the immense natural beauty of our state, and making Connecticut a great place to live, work and raise a family.” 


The thermometer and pie chart tell the story of our fund-raising progress so far.  Please click here to help us raise the remaining $300,000 needed to purchase Avery Farm.


TheDaylogoIn an editorial titled Preserving Open Spaces for Posterity,  the Day’s editorial board encouraged their readers to support Avery Farm. If you have not read this wonderful editorial, please click here.

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Sheep Farm waterfall after a summer storm



Town Meetings

Go to the Groton Town Website for a complete schedule of town meetings. The only town meetings listed on this GOSA page will be those of expected special environmental interest. Once you are in the town schedule, click on the calendar displayed and move forward and backward with plus and minus signs. For a video of Town Council meetings, click on GMTV on Groton home page and then on Streaming Video.