|Strathmore Preserve towards Prospect Ridge - 1970s(?)|
Nearest Road: Oak Avenue
Public Access: No
Acquisition: August 1971
Donor: Richard Fiske, Ravenswood Properties
The Strathmore Preserve became the Cheshire Land Trust's second property in August 1971, about eight months after CLT's first acquisition. It is a "neighborhood"-scale property for CLT: a mid-sized parcel nestled between several residential streets.
CLT records from the 1980s mention that the Strathmore Preserve’s wetland was, at that time, almost entirely covered with highbush blueberry except for a small open pond on the west side. Much of the property is still a scrub-shrub wetland in 2016.
The wetland portion of the property is surrounded by mostly mature hardwood trees. The area is too wet for human use during most of the year, but is a home for numerous birds and small mammals. The property was gifted to the CLT by Ravenswood Properties in 1971. The deed stipulates that it “is to be used solely as a wild bird sanctuary and not for any public use”.