MLCT and TPL Partner to Save Summer Hill Property
The Madison Land Conservation Trust (MLCT) recently took ownership of 77 acres of open space located at the intersection Route 80 and Summer Hill Road. The land, within a large watershed, is a gateway to north Madison’s rural beauty, connecting thousands of acres of open space owned by public and private entities along Summer Hill Road. The land was owned for many years by Jane Bauermeister, who passed the property on to her children at her death several years ago. The Bauermeister children retained and sold the 6.4-acre parcel on the east side of Summer Hill Road, which was the site of the Bauermeister homestead, as well as art and music festivals organized by Mrs. Bauermeister during her lifetime. Development is restricted on the retained parcel, thereby preserving the scenic value of the area.
The MLCT partnered with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) in a campaign to raise funds for the purchase. The purchase could not have gone forward without the generosity of an anonymous donor, whose appreciation for the beauty and ecology of north Madison motivated all who worked on the project. The MLCT’s anonymous donor gave the MLCT $600,000 to the campaign and then provided another $300,000 loan at closing. The State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection granted another $500,000 for the acquisition. These funds, along with the many generous donations by private donors, met the campaign’s goal of $1.6 million.
The MLCT is now reaching out to our supporters and members to help us retire our $300,000 debt. Please consider mailing a donation to the Madison Land Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 561, Madison, CT 06443, and note on the check that your gift is for the Summer Hill campaign.
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