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Group of teens posing -with their shovels while volunteering at a preserve with brown leaves on the ground and bare trees.

Granby Land Trust

“Granby is so fortunate to have a strong community ethic and a commitment to preserving open space. The Land Trust is so grateful that Charlie and Joan Katan gave their beautiful 29-acre homestead to the Land Trust. In keeping with their vision, it allowed us to create a gateway to the hundreds of acres preserved in the Old Messenger Road Corridor in West Granby. Our newly-created Youth Conservation Corps (composed of high school students) did much of the “heavy lifting”—clearing and building these new trails while working with a range of GLT board members and volunteers. It was a rewarding experience for all, as everyone spent time outdoors fostering intergenerational relationships while creating something that will provide value to the town for years to come.” ~ Rick Orluk, GLT President

During the spring, members of the Granby Land Trust’s Youth Conservation Corps (GLTYCC) and adult volunteers from Granby Land Trust’s (GLT) membership invested hundreds of hours constructing and blazing trails through the GLT’s Katan-Ensor Preserve and Old Messenger Road Corridor Properties, which include the Schlicht Family and Richard P. Garmany preserves. GLTYCC and GLT volunteers built bridges, installed Adirondack chairs, laid stepping stones, cleared brush, removed invasives, hung trail markers, and posted signage

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