Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Day 29: Josephine's Woods Preserve

Forested wetland and surrounding uplands with rocky outcrops in northwestern Cheshire.

Size: 6 acres
Nearest Road: Waterbury Road
Public Access: Yes
Acquisition: December 2014
Donors: Francis Roke, Jr.  & Diane M. Tansley

The Josephine's Woods Preserve (or "Josephine's Woods") was donated to the Cheshire Land Trust in December 2014.  The 6-acre property was donated by Francis Roke, Jr and his sister Diane M. Tansley in memory of their grandmother, who previously owned the land.

This donation marked CLT's first acquisition in the western portion of Cheshire near Waterbury and Wolcott.  The rugged upland property has frontage along Waterbury Rd. opposite Blackie's hot dog stand. It is surrounded by residential areas along Hall Drive and Edgecomb Road to the east and west, an by other woodlands to the south.

Josephine's Woods has wetlands covering about 40% of the acreage. The remainder of the property is forested with mixed hardwoods and is noteworthy for rocky outcrops along Edgecomb Rd.

The property has provided a habitat for wildlife of all sorts and has been undisturbed since it was acquired by the family in 1938.

In summarizing the donor’s intent, Mr. Roke said in a note to CLT: "This was my grandmother’s first piece of ownership in her newly adopted country and now we have come full circle with its return, by this donation, to the Cheshire Land Trust."

More information about this property is on the CLT website's Josephine's Woods page.

The Josephine's Woods Preserve is open to the public, but be forewarned that it contains some wet areas and rather dense vegetation throughout much of the acreage.  There are no marked trails.  Our recommendation is to appreciate its aesthetic qualities while passing by on Waterbury Road, and keeping an eye out for wildlife making use of this preserved land.
Do you live next to or near the Josephine's Woods Preserve?  Tell us about what you've seen on this land!  Please join the Cheshire Land Trust at www.cheshirelandtrust.org to help us protect and maintain this and other great open space properties around Cheshire.

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