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  • Family Fun Hike Is July 27

    Enjoy the view, take a short hike, fly a kite, or blow bubbles at the Nettleton Preserve at 15-25 Castle Hill Road. Join Newtown Forest Association (NFA) member and hike leader Aaron Coopersmith on Sunday, July 27, at noon for a Family Fun Hike at the NFA’s 23-acre property. Guests can bring a picnic, join the short guided hike, and enjoy “The most spectacular view in Newtown,” according to the NFA.

  • CT Trails Day Hike At Brunot Preserve, June 7

    Residents of all ages are invited to take a hike on Trails Day 2014 on June 7, from noon to 3 pm, at Brunot Preserve.

    Participants will enjoy a guided, approximately 3½-mile hike at the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) property, walking through forest and meadow areas. Bring water, bug spray, sun protection, and good shoes.

  • NFA To Promote ‘Leading By Example’ At Annual Seminar

    Enhance wildlife habitat and share the land are both part of Newtown Forest Association (NFA) President Bob Eckenrode’s message that he will share at an upcoming seminar.

    He will be presenting “Leading By Example: The NFA Working Across Town Borders” at the Connecticut Land Conservation Council Seminars Saturday, March 15, at Wesleyan University in Middletown featuring conservation officials and land trust representatives from across the state.

  • Guided Hike February 1 At Brunot Preserve

    Join Newtown Forest Association (NFA) member Aaron Coopersmith on a guided hike through the Brunot Preserve off Taunton Hill Road on Saturday, February 1, at noon.

    All are welcome on the two-mile walk through the wooded area. Wear warm clothing and footwear.

    From Route 302 turn at traffic light onto Taunton Hill Road. Continue approximately 0.8 mile and park at the NFA sign on the left.

  • NFA Foliage Hike, Saturday At Holcombe Wildlife Preserve

    Hikers of all ages are invited to enjoy panoramic views of Newtown and surrounding areas during Newtown Forest Association’s Autumn Foliage hike on Saturday, November 2, beginning at noon. Join NFA member Aaron Coopersmith on a stroll through the Holcombe Wildlife Preserve on Great Hill Road. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Good hiking or walking shoes are recommended.

    Kite flying enthusiasts and shutterbugs are welcome. Bring a camera to capture natural beauty on this property.

  • NFA Purchases 27 Acres For Preservation

    “Just close your eyes and listen,” said Newtown Forest Association President Robert Eckenrode. He stood on an overgrown old farming road beside a stream; its splashing sounds mingled with birdsong and a gentle breeze. Referring to a 1934 aerial photograph of the 27.6-acre parcel at 196 Hattertown Road that the NFA recently purchased, member Bart Smith observed that the area where he and Mr Eckenrode explored Wednesday morning, probably once meadows, remains unchanged.

  • The Sandy Hook Christmas Tree Will Remain Standing

    The Sandy Hook Christmas tree will remain standing, following  an eight-person unanimous vote by the executive board of The Newtown Forest Association (NFA) Thursday night.

    The board of the NFA, which owns the property where the tree grows, met May 9, and “reaffirmed a tentative decision” made in prior weeks to keep the tree up for an undetermined amount of time, said NFA President Robert Eckenrode.

  • Forest Association To Discuss Replacement Of Sandy Hook Christmas Tree

    The future of Sandy Hook’s iconic Christmas tree will be the topic of discussion Thursday evening, May 9, as the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) board members determine an appropriate time to take it down, said NFA President Bob Eckenrode.

  • Animal Sanctuary Had Its Eye On Castle Hill Property

    An urgent push to preserve two Castle Hill properties recently eyed for development included The Animal Center of Newtown/Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.

    "From the very beginning, this property has been a place we envisioned for the [sanctuary]," said Animal Center Vice President Harmony Verna. One of the 12/14 victims was 6-year-old Catherine Violet Hubbard, who will be remembered for her love of all animals and her constant smile.

  • Planned Castle Hill Land Sale Termed ‘Bittersweet’

    Bob Eckenrode, president of the Newtown Forest Association (NFA), said Monday, March 25, that the Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation of Bridgeport’s decision to sell 136 acres off Castle Hill Road to a Newtown man is “bittersweet” for the private, nonprofit land trust.

    In a statement, the diocese said that it plans to sell its acreage at #20 and #60 Castle Hill Road to Joseph Draper, a Newtown resident who intends to maintain the existing character of the properties, which formerly were known as the Gretsch estate.