Jo-Ann MacFarlane, center, at the dedication of the land her family called home for generations.
“I have seen so much of the precious land in Eastford destroyed by development. I thought it was time to slow this development down and preserve some of the land so the animals would have a place to call home. It was an easy decision to donate the land to the Wyndham Land Trust, but I did not want to give up my connection to the land. Donating the land to the land trust gave me a sense of accomplishment and purpose in my life. I honored my dad’s wishes to preserve the land for generations to come and to give the animals a home. I like to think that I have made a difference in the lives of animals, no matter how small, and I have given a small piece of land for future generations to enjoy."
Jo-Ann MacFarlane passed from these earthly realms on March 13, 2020. Wildlife and open space loses a fierce champion, but her legacy and example will live on.
We look forward to seeing you, your family, and friends out exploring the nature of Windham County at any of our nature preserves. Some of our locations don't have trails; nature has the lead, but the adventurous are welcome to visit. The following locations, however, offer easy access and parking. Some offer walking paths. Remember, take only pictures; leave only footprints. For all to enjoy; for all to cherish.
"One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1975, the Wyndham Land Trust has been doing just that for the people of Northeast Connecticut. Now the Wyndham Land Trust announced it has achieved national recognition – joining a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work."