SOUTHINGTON — Volunteers with the Southington Land Trust plan to help maintain trails at the town-owned Novick property this spring.
Dawn Miceli, Town Council vice chairwoman, hopes the effort will be the first step toward a partnership between the land trust and the town.
Val Guarino, a land trust member, said the work is planned for Earth Day in April.
“We have shared goals. It makes sense to partner with the town,” he said. “We can both leverage our organizations and our knowledge.”
The town has more than 550 acres of open space and seven or eight properties with marked trails, Miceli said. She and land trust leaders, including president Al Fiorillo, will walk the former Novick Farm property off Flanders Road to determine what work should be done.
Maintaining the trails is part of a larger effort to highlight the town’s open space, Miceli said.
“There are a lot of enjoyable things to do on open space in terms of passive recreation,” she said.
Town officials often hear concerns about “overdevelopment.”
“Some people don’t even realize we have open space and what we’ve done with it and have a great website that delineates our open space,” she said.
More information on the town’s properties can be found online at http://www.southington.org/openspace.
The land trust owns four parcels, the most recent acquired at tax auction last year. The landlocked property is nearly seven acres off Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike.
The trust also has a conservation easement on property off Roaring Brook Drive to protect the Great Unconformity, a unique geological feature and the reason the trust was established. The rock layers at this location don’t adhere to those found elsewhere or what geologists would expect to find based on the age of the rock deposits.
Guarino said he’s not sure how many land trust members will help on the project but said the idea was well received. He was optimistic about the partnership with the town.
“This is the first try at it,” Guarino said. “We’ll go from there.”