BERLIN — Hiking a winding trail atop Mount Lamentation, the Berlin Land Trust recently led a group of around two dozen to North Peak, which the organization has signed a contract to purchase and preserve.
“You can see to Mount Tom in Massachusetts, you can see down to Sleeping Giant in Hamden,” said Trust President Dennis Kern, who called the 47-acre property an important piece of land.
The purchase hinges on the land trust receiving an Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant, which would reimburse 65 percent of the cost of acquiring the property. The state grant assists municipalities, land trusts and water utilities to buy land for recreational use.
The parcel is on the Middletown-Berlin border.
According to Middletown property records, the parcel is co-owned by Joyce Tighe and Holly Baldyga. They could not be reached for comment.
Trust member Raymond Archacki, who led the Oct. 26 hike to North Peak, is optimistic about receiving the grant, which is competitive. The purchase would combine three adjacent properties the trust owns, a factor the state will consider, he said.
He hopes the hike will raise awareness of the trust’s effort to purchase North Peak and get people interested in donating funds for the remaining 35 percent of the sale price. Trust members did not want reveal the possible purchase price.
Turning the property into public land would also allow the Connecticut Forest and Park Association to reroute the Blue-Blazed Trail, which currently takes a sharp right turn and contorts around the property.