THE MELIUS ROAD PRESEVE

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From their initial meeting place in the Academy on Sackett Hill Road, the members of the Warren Land Trust long had a view of one of the most spectacular pieces of property in the town of Warren: twenty acres of mountain and lowlands directly to the northeast, which encompasses the second highest point in the state. Just prior to the recession of 2008 this property, which was owned by Frank & Elizabeth Rosenberry, became a prime target for development, lying at the entrance to the town center.

Instead, the land was donated by Jack and Pam Baker. Jack, an avid outdoorsman who long served as land steward for the WLT, knew the scenic and natural-resource value of the property. The Land Trust subsequently granted a conservation easement on the parcel to the Weantinoge Land Trust, solidifying the property's protection in perpetuity.

In winter the mountainous part of the property can easily be seen from the town center, as can the fields that surround it. In summer only the top of the mountain is in view.

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