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Randall's Farm Preserve to be Dedicated Friday

EASTON, Conn. — The 34-acre expanse of Easton meadows, small ponds, forested wetlands and hardwood forest known as Randall's Farm Preserve will be dedicated at a ceremony Friday morning at 11:30.

The ceremony takes place at the preserve, located on Sport Hill Road a mile north of Silverman’s Farm. The tract was donated to the Aspetuck Land Trust by Mrs. Henry B. duPont III.

Once a working dairy farm, the preserve will be open to the public for hiking and nature study. Horseback riding will be permitted if advance permission is obtained from Aspetuck Land Trust.

“This beautiful reminder of our farm heritage will always be protected from development,” said Princie Falkenhagen of Easton, president of Aspetuck Land Trust. “A network of trails is now available to the public to walk across and enjoy forever.”

“I grew up in this area and I have long enjoyed the beauty and serenity of farmland that is now becoming scarce,” said duPont. “I am very pleased to be part of establishing a nature preserve like this which future generations can enjoy.”

Opening day activities feature remarks by Aspetuck Land Trust leaders and Mrs. duPont and a ceremonial ribbon cutting officially opening the trail network to the public. Local government officials have been invited to attend. A guided hike through the preserve will be led by Bruce LePage of Easton, the Aspetuck Land Trust steward for Randall’s Farm Nature Preserve.

Aspetuck Land Trust maintains 44 trailed nature preserves on more than 1,700 acres in Easton, Weston, Westport and Fairfield.

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