Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Day 23: Brooke Preserve & Kolstad Woods Preserve

44 Acres of managed woodlands in southeast Cheshire, with 1 mile of blazed hiking trail.

Brooke Preserve
Size: 40.06 acres
Nearest Road: Sperry Road
Acquisition: May & December 2005
Donor: Elizabeth Brooke Carpenter

Kolstad Woods
Size: 4 acres
Nearest Road: Coleman Road
Acquisition: November 2014
Donors: Dr. Leonard & Karen Kolstad

CLT's adjoining Brooke Preserve and Kolstad Woods are a 44-acre woodland preserve in southeast Cheshire, laying between Sperry Road, Cook Hill Road, and Coleman Road.  

Elizabeth Carpenter resided with her family on 45 acres of hilly forested property that included what is now the Brooke Preserve.  The property was acquired over time by her father and had served as a summer retreat for her family beginning in the 1920s. She hoped to see it preserved as she had always known the land to be... wild and little changed by the imprint of man. The family managed the land for wildlife habitat and timber, with the most recent forest thinning occurring about 20 years ago.  Mrs. Carpenter's wish was fulfilled when CLT Acquired 40 acres in 2005.
Nine years later, in 2014, Dr. Leonard and Karen Kolstad donated an adjacent 4 acres of woodlands to the Cheshire Land Trust, creating Kolstad Woods, and enlarging the overall protected land to 44 acres.

The properties are open to the public.  Look for a small parking area and a sign along the east side of Sperry Road, about 1/4 mile north of Cook Hill Road.  The property's blue-blazed trails loops around the entire preserve, and offers views into Kolstad Woods.  Portions of the trails are a little steep, so please use caution.

Much more about both of these great CLT properties, including a detailed hiking trail map, is on the CLT website's Brooke Preserve & Kolstad Woods page.

Do you live next to or near the Brooksvale Preserve?  Have you ever passed it on the Linear Trail?  Tell us about what you've seen on this land!  Please join the Cheshire Land Trust at to help us protect and maintain this and other great open space properties around Cheshire.  

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