Together with the Trust for Public Land, the Town of Stonington, Aquarion Water Company, and US Fish and Wildlife, Avalonia celebrated the preservation of the Copps Brook Preserve on Friday, July 29. Over 60 people came out in the heat and humidity to enjoy cookies and ice tea and going for a quick sneak peek of the property. Speakers included Walker Holmes from TPL, Terri Eickel from Avalonia, Stonington First Selectwoman Danielle Chesebrough, Daniel Lawrence from Aquarion Water Company, and Mark Maghini from US Fish and Wildlife. We also welcomed Joy Valenti, who was the sign language interpreter for the event.
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us on Friday – if you weren’t able to attend, we hope to see you soon at one of our nature walks. If you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer, our Stonington stewardship volunteers, led by Beth Sullivan, are beginning the work of assessing the property, removing invasive plants, and designing the trails. Beth would love more volunteers and you can sign up to volunteer here. We are hoping to have our official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting in 2023.
Most importantly, THANK YOU for your support of this conservation property! Because of your generous donations, this beautiful open space of forest, rivers, and habitat is saved forever.