Naromi Land Trust is located in Sherman, CT, named for a brook that runs through town called the Naromiyocknowhusunkatankshunk (a descriptive Algonquin name that identifies the stream as a fishing place near a big hill). Naromi was established in 1968. Its mission is to conserve and protect the natural resources of Sherman, including wildlife habitats, water quality, agricultural lands and scenic vistas, for the benefit of, and use by, current and future generations. Naromi has been celebrating its 50th year with events, major milestones, and hard work to steward the land in its care.
In the five decades that Naromi has been preserving Sherman’s natural resources, they have permanently protected about 1500 acres, equal to 12% of Sherman. This includes special places such as the Mallory Trail, the Wimisink Preserve, and Hadlow Fields. In 2017 and 2018, Naromi has had a special focus on the West Briggs Hill Preserve, re-opening the trail after invasive plants made it impassable, and the Herrick Preserve, acquiring permanent public access and working to acquire an additional 38 acres to add to the 147 acre preserve.
Naromi owns thirty-seven preserves, holds twenty-seven conservation easements, maintains seven trails including two wetland boardwalks, and leases one farm with satellite hayfields to a local family farm. All of these places are home to countless species of plants, insects, birds, and mammals and help to provide clean air and water, recreational, and educational opportunities, and maintain Sherman’s rural character.
In February, Naromi achieved accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Naromi had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation application. Accreditation was awarded, signifying its confidence that Naromi’s lands will be protected forever. Almost 20 million acres of farms, forests, and natural areas vital to healthy communities are now permanently conserved by an accredited land trust. “Accreditation demonstrates Naromi’s commitment to permanent land conservation in Sherman,” says Amanda Branson, Naromi Executive Director. “Accreditation is a rigorous program, and Naromi is stronger for having gone through it. The best part of what Naromi has accomplished is that all of the lands it owns and the conservation easements it holds protect the land forever. We are overjoyed to celebrate this achievement in 2018, our fiftieth year.”
The public is invited to celebrate the spirit of fall and the last big celebration of Naromi’s 50th year at Naromi’s Annual Fall Family Picnic on Sunday, October 7, at 12:00 p.m. high atop one of Sherman’s most beautiful open spaces, Kemp’s Meadow at Hadlow fields. This spectacular setting has one of the most glorious views in northern Fairfield County. This is always a wonderful community event, open to all. Come enjoy fall colors, kite flying, a hike, and the views.
To learn more about the Naromi Land Trust, visit Naromi.org, or call 860-354-0260.