The Alice Fern Bruce Preserve owned by Berlin Land Trust (BLT), named posthumously in honor of a founding member and generous benefactor of BLT, is an exemplary property that represents everything Connecticut open space has to offer.
Purchased in December 2019, partially funded with a state Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant (OSWA), this pristine 47-acre preserve is free of invasive plants and contains traprock ridges, habitat for abundant wildlife, and three vernal pools with a unique feature of swamp cottonwood trees, a documented rare species.
Located on Lamentation Mountain in Middletown, the preserve delivers spectacular panoramic views with a sightline as far as Mt. Tom in Massachusetts at the top ridge. BLT often sponsors guided hikes highlighting the native plants and wildflowers that occupy this land…