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Land Trust receives 33-acre gift of land on Hammonasset River
The Killingworth Land Conservation Trust is pleased to announce the recent donation of 33 acres of land by Jill Spiller and James Hirschy. This land includes 830 feet of frontage along the Hammonasset River and is located between the river and Chestnut Hill Road.
Land Trust board members Bruce Dodson and Jason Nemergut have been working with Jill Spiller over the past two years to document the gift and secure the necessary approvals. Dodson applauded Spiller for making this very generous donation for the preservation of open space which had been enjoyed by her family for many years and which will now be protected by the Land Trust for the benefit of wildlife and the town of Killingworth. The land is forested and for the most part is bounded by old stone walls.
The 33 acres were part of the 41.3 acre property owned by Spiller and Hirschy at 111 Chestnut Hill Road. Long time residents will recognize the property as having once belonged to Kent Healy. The land is adjacent to land along the Hammonasset River already owned by the Land Trust and is accessible from an old trail along the river. This trail is passable but parts of the trail are in rough condition. The Land Trust hopes to improve the trail in the coming years.
Land Trust President David Gumbart expressed appreciation for this important gift and said it adds to a significant stretch of land owned by the Land Trust along the east bank of the Hammonasset River, and is within several hundred feet of the new parking lot intended to help provide access to land along the Hammonassett River and off Champlin Road.
The Killingworth Land Conservation Trust now owns 1,036 acres of land in Killingworth and protects an additional 187 acres through Conservation Easements.
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