Naromi Land Trust
Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Naromi Land Trust
P.O. Box 265
Sherman, CT 06784
Phone: (860) 354-0260


Naromi Extends Conservation of Herrick Preserve Area in Sherman

Naromi’s Herrick Preserve is one of the special places in Sherman that Naromi Land Trust has promised to protect forever.  You will find one of Sherman’s most loved hiking trails, vernal pools, rock outcroppings, connection to the Appalachian Trail and two stunning views of the Housatonic River.  This area is critical habitat for many species of birds, mammals and amphibian species. 
Naromi is excited to announce two projects that extend conservation of the Herrick Preserve.
In December of 2017, Caroline Herrick donated just over 7-acres of land to Naromi.  This gift is part of a legacy of conservation by the Herrick family, beginning in 1975 when Amy Herrick donated the original 60 acres parcel at the heart of the now 147-acre preserve.  Ms. Herrick’s recent generous donation included two parcels, including a 5-acre piece that connects the existing Herrick Preserve to Evans Hill Road (see dark green parcel on map).  Owned road frontage guarantees forever public access to the interior preserve.  This donation is the culmination of several years of conversation between Naromi and the Herrick family. 

In January of 2018, Governor Malloy announced that Naromi was awarded a $76,500 grant from the State of Connecticut's Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Program to support the purchase of approximately 38-acres from the estate of Lucia Eastman (see orange parcel on map). This parcel abuts Naromi’s Herrick preserve as well as the Appalachian Trail corridor. This grant will cover a portion of the purchase.  Naromi plans to cover the remaining cost of the preservation of this parcel through a grant from the Highlands Conservation Coalition and private funding.  Naromi hopes to complete this acquisition in 2018.  

Conservation in this area further protects 700 acres of unfragmented forest, habitats that are becoming increasingly uncommon in Connecticut.

Hartford Courant Article - 10/8/17

"Hiking the Wilds of Sherman and the Appalachian Trail"  by Peter Marteka
Click HERE to read this lovely article about Naromi's Herrick Trail and its relationship to the Appalachian Trail. 

Thank you everyone who joined us for our Annual Picnic last Sunday.  I think it was a wonderful event and fun was had by all despite the weather!  Hope to see you next year and we hope to be able to include a view of the Hadlow Field!



West Briggs Hill Preserve Restoration

Naromi again had the honor of working with another team of AmeriCorps volunteers at our West Briggs Hill Preserve.  This was a different group than the one we worked with in March and we enjoyed much better weather conditions!  NLT Vice President Chris Jellen, Board member  Ian Gribble, and volunteer Geoff Gwyther led the AmeriCorps Moose 4 team in clearing and marking the trail, invasive plant removal, improving drainage, and rebuilding sections of the stonewalls.  Becky Hrdy, NLT President Marge Josephson, and Board member Ashleigh Blake all volunteered time also.  
The West Briggs Hill Preserve is an 84 acre preserve on Briggs Hill Road.  The trail meanders near beautiful stone walls near the road then up a sometimes steep hillside to a clearing. Barberry, multifora rose and other invasive plants are extensive in this area of the preserve and used to render the trail impassable.  After 450 man hours in 2017, the transformation of this preserve is remarkable.  There is more work to be done, but this 2+ mile trail is now open to the public!
Thank you to AmeriCorps Moose 4 team: Brandon Shepard, Jacob Allen, Adam Bagley, Josh Kenon, Gus Merwin, Kenneday Morris and Becca Marcott; to the GreenPrint Collaborative for coordinating the AmeriCorps team's work with Naromi and other land trusts; to Steep Rock Association for providing tools; and to Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust for providing housing for the team.






















Photos by Amanda Branson, Ian Gribble, and Geoff Gwyther

Spring Birds in Action

Videos by Dennis Larkin

Big News!  Naromi is Applying for Accreditation!


Achieving this designation will bring Naromi Land Trust another step towards keeping its promise to you and fulfilling its creed FOREVER. SHERMAN.  

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Naromi Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant's policies and programs. Naromi Land Trust conserves approximately 12% of Sherman and it is important to Naromi that we operate at the highest standards in order to preserve and protect this land for future generations.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Naromi Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. The full list of standards is available on the commission's website.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit, or email your comment to Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax)518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on Naromi Land Trust's application will be most useful by Friday, May 26 to be incorporated into the application process.

For more information about Naromi Land Trust, visit or call 860-354-0260. 

Early Spring Butterflies

Click on the links below to learn more about each butterfly.
Pictures by Dennis Larkin

 Mourning Cloak                                 Comma                                                  Cabbage White

Mourning Cloak

The Frogs Frolicked

Sunday, April 3rd was the day -  over 20 folks from very young to older, met and traversed the trails of our Towner Hill Preserve. The group was rewarded by sighting salamander egg masses and tadpoles and by the loud mating calls of male wood frogs.  The large vernal pool nestled between the double hilltops of Towner Hill is a paradise for local amphibians - they have the necessary wet area for mating and egg laying surrounded by upland forest for the adult life of the frogs. 

Naromi Hosts Americorp Volunteers to Steward West Briggs Hill Preserve

On Wednesday, March 22, Naromi Land Trust had the honor of working with 12 young AmeriCorps volunteers on a habitat and trail improvement project on its West Briggs Hill Preserve.  Led by Naromi Board Members Ian Gribble and Stephanie Warren, Volunteers Geoff Gwyther and Becky Hrdy, Executive Director Amanda Branson and Board President Marge Josephson, the students braved clear cold windy weather and deep snow to clear and mark boundaries and to open and mark a new section of trail at the 84 acre preserve.  The trails start at Briggs Hill Road, go around some unusual rock outcroppings, and then meander uphill past historic stonewalls to a natural 2 acre clearing.  The middle hillside had become so badly infested with barberry over the years that the former trail was impassible. One of the stewards who conducted a recent monitoring visit there described the barberry as akin to "Sleeping Beauty's Brambles."


The AmeriCorps group, with its many hands, made significant progress that day toward Naromi’s rehab of the habitat and trails of the preserve.  Because of the prior work by Greenwoods Land Management who had mowed the trail and the clearing just before our deep snow, making a beautiful wide swath, the volunteers were able to access the interior woods and further cut back invasive vines and uncover old walls.


Naromi was one of several NW CT  land trusts invited to participate in the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative program that utilizes AmeriCorps volunteers to complete community stewardship projects.  


AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that involves over 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, health, and homeland security.  Most AmeriCorps members are between the ages of 18 and 24 and serve with more than 2,000 non-profits, public agencies, and community organizations during their ten month enrollment period. 


Although there is more work to do at the West Briggs Hill Preserve, Naromi encourages the public to enjoy all of the

hard work that was put into making the preserve more accessible and ready for the community. 


For information about Naromi Land Trust’s properties and hiking trails, please go to our website at for more information and trail maps.  Or email us at    And remember - we want to hear your ideas, see pictures from your adventures on our preserves, and we appreciate your help.


Naromi Land Trust with Americorp Volunteers at the West Briggs Hill Preserve.  Left to Right:  Kneeling  Kaeliegh Watson, Naromi Executive Director Amanda  Branson.  First Row:  Joe Sewall, Kimora Felton, Dan Shefner, Aly Shoup, Kenzie Leach.  Back Row:  Naromi President Marge Josephson, Quon Hall, Naromi Volunteer Geoff Gwyther, Alex Unger, Jay Gilmer, Nathan Devey, Tayla Hunt. Back:  Naromi Volunteer Ian Gribble.