Sunday, November 27, 2016

Day 27: Anderson Easement

Conservation easement protecting in-town woodland near West Main Street.

Size: 4.73 acres
Nearest Road: West Main Street
Public Access: No
Acquisition: December 2009
Donors: Eric Anderson &
Brenda Anderson-Killer

The Anderson Easement was donated to the Cheshire Land Trust by Brenda Anderson-Killer and her son Eric Anderson at the end of 2009.  At the time, it was CLT’s first new acquisition in about three years.  
The easement boundaries lie between West Main Street, Warren Street, and Kristen Court; there is no direct road frontage, as the Anderson's own additional land which includes a house.  Together, the Anderson Easement and the Willow Brook Preserve (Day #6) create open space "bookends" for the West Main Street Commercial District, with the Farmington Canal Linear Trail running through its center.

Under the terms of the easement, a permanent deed restriction, the donors and the Land Trust agreed that this 4.73-acre woodland, just off West Main Street, will remain undeveloped. Mr. Anderson and his mother Brenda Anderson-Killer, were the joint donors of the easement, preserving the natural resources, while giving up the right to build on the land.

Additional conservation values cited in the easement include:
  1. Provision of food and shelter for birds and animals,
  2. Prevention of erosion,
  3. Protection of air quality, and 
  4. Protection of water quality in the Willow Brook watershed.

The landowner(s) may enjoy passive recreation – walking, bird watching, and berry-picking on this property just as the Anderson family has for many years.

This is one of several conservation easements held by CLT.  Like most of these easements, the Anderson Easement is not open to the public.  All of the Cheshire Land Trust's easements are listed on the CLT website Properties page.

Do you live next to or near the Anderson Easement?  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.

No comments:

Post a Comment