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  • Discussion To Focus On Wild Spaces For Wild Species

    Its glistening dark eyes stared back at resident Robert Eckenrode as he took a photo of his backyard guest. A barred owl — named “Hootie” or “Daniel,” depending on who in the family is talking — that he first noticed in mid-June sat with its wings at rest, perched on a porch rail.

  • Interns Help NFA Restore Preserve’s Beauty, Health

    Wednesday afternoon, June 24, was calm and bright with cotton clouds stretching across a crisp blue sky. The scene was easy to see for the group of interns working at Nettleton Preserve off Castle Hill Road — one of Newtown’s most photographed and most scenic points.

  • Bob-o-link Paradise

    To the Editor:

    What is it about birds that we find so fascinating and awe-inspiring? Is it their ability to break the bonds of gravity and freely move in any direction, their ability to navigate across countries or even continents, their songs which capture our imaginations, or their visibility which keeps us so connected to nature?

  • Guided Hike Saturday With NFA

    A guided hike at Holcombe Hill Preserve will be a National Trails Day event. 

  • Series Of NFA Snowshoe Hikes Begin This Weekend

    Newtown Forest Association (NFA) Hike Leader Aaron Coopersmith is encouraging everyone to grab a pair of snowshoes and “dress for success,” for a series of upcoming snowshoe hikes on NFA-owned preserves.

    Upcoming dates for the hikes, open to the public, are Saturday, February 28 at  Holcombe Hill, 65 Great Hill Road, at 12:30 pm; Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 pm, for a Full Moon Snowshoe Hike; Saturday, March 7, at 12:30 pm, at Brunot Preserve, 124 Taunton Hill Road; and then back at Holcombe Hill on Saturday, March 21, at 12:30 pm.

  • 'Something Special' Caught On Film at Holcombe Hill

    His message began: “Take a minute to watch something special…” Newtown Forest Association (NFA) President Robert Eckenrode was referring to a video submitted to him by “two young aspiring artists,” he said in a recent e-mail.

  • Reestablishing An Iconic View: Nettleton Preserve Memorial Tree Project Reclaims Natural Beauty

    Visible from Old Castle Drive is a panoramic view looking down on the flagpole, church steeples. and rooflines along Main Street. Sitting just off the curb and facing this iconic scene is a small bench perched at the top of a rise that was once a sweeping meadow, but in more recent years has become a home for overgrowth and invasive species.

  • Forest Association Announces Nettleton Preserve Memorial Orchard Project

    Newtown Forest Association will begin work shortly to enhance Nettleton Preserve, one of Newtown’s most well-known properties, located on Castle Hill Road and overlooking historic Main Street. 

  • Lisa Unleashed: Newtown's Open Space

    This past weekend the Newtown Bridle Lands Association (NBLA) held its annual Frost on the Pumpkin Hunter Pace across trails, fields, protected open space and private property. Thank you landowners for keeping this rural tradition alive. NBLA was founded in 1978 while the Fairfield County Hounds (FCH) still called Newtown home. Many FCH members founded NBLA, then called Newtown Bridle Lanes Association which more accurately reflected the original mission of the group; to protect riding trails in this fast-developing town.

  • NFA Celebrates 90 Years: Lightning Crashes Sunset Wine Tasting

    Even Mother Nature joined the Newtown Forest Association’s (NFA) 90th anniversary Sunset Wine Tasting celebration Saturday, September 6. Lightning cut the darkened sky, driving many guests home. Sudden rain pushed others indoors.

    But moods were bright. About the looming storm, “I think it’s beautiful,” said Jennifer Johnston, one of more than 200 attendees, but among only about 50 people who remained at the 4 to 8 pm event. Rain and lightning began around 7 that night.