Welcome

The Somers Land Trust (SLT) is a non-profit organization committed to preserving open space in the town of Somers, NY. The SLT and its dedicated members work to protect the natural landscape of our town through stewardship and advocacy activities.

We encourage you to learn more about our mission and invite you to join the Somers Land Trust by becoming a member. We also welcome anyone interested in volunteering to become a Friend of the Angle Fly Preserve. Becoming a Friend is free and open to all who want to lend a hand.  Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at one of our upcoming events.

Nature Walk and Scavenger Hunt Created by Eagle Scout Matthew Buck of YorktownTroop 173

Fully completed in the summer of 2017, the Angle Fly Preserve Nature Walk and Scavenger Hunt seeks to provide a fun and interactive experience for all visitors to Angle Fly. The goal is to cater especially to families and children, … Continue reading

History of Angle Fly – Lynch Farm Parcel

This work was published as a result of  Jacob Adler’s Eagle Scout Project  On July 6th, 1953, this property that belonged to Michael Lynch was sold to Regina K. Fox, ending the 50 or so years that the land existed … Continue reading

The former owners of the Stone House donate 115 acres of open land to Somers Land Trust

(Somers, NY) – The family of Robert and Christine Beshar, former owners of the iconic Stone House Farm on Somerstown Road north of Somers hamlet, donated the open land adjoining their beloved Stone House on Friday, April 21st to the … Continue reading

Hudson to Housatonic Conservation Initiative Becomes a Regional Conservation Partnership

Original Release:  January 25, 2016 For Immediate Release Hudson to Housatonic Conservation Initiative Becomes a Regional Conservation Partnership At a September meeting of Hudson to Housatonic (H2H) Conservation Initiative partners, the group announced that it has become a regional conservation … Continue reading

Annual Meeting

  Don’t miss the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 pm.  Learn about the progress on the Reynolds House and the exciting plans your Land Trust has for Angle Fly Preserve in the year ahead.    

Deer Exclosure at Angle Fly Preserve

The deer exclosure under construction. Note the barrenness of the understory and the forest floor.  Photo copyright Lauretta Jones.

There was a time, long ago and 500 miles away, when I saw marvelous things in the woods: countless small trees rushing up to meet their taller kinfolk, shrubs sheltering invisible twittering birds, blankets of bright wildflowers changing through the … Continue reading

What Middle Schoolers Want to Know: “What poisonous plants should I be aware of in Westchester?”

Poison plants copyright L Jones

Jimmy, a sixth grader in Mrs. Antonnucci’s class at Somers Middle School asked: “What poisonous plants should I be aware of in Westchester?” This is an important question because some plants should not be eaten while others should not even … Continue reading

What Middle Schoolers Want To Know: “What kinds of birds are in Somers?”

Image from top left, clockwise: Great Blue Heron, nest with eggs, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Oven Bird, Wild Turkey, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak.

This is the second column inspired by questions from Mrs. Antonucci’s 6th grade class at Somers Middle School. This week I will attempt to do justice to Laura’s question, “What kinds of birds are in Somers?” There are many ways … Continue reading

What Middle Schoolers Want to Know: “What birds eat the thistle seed?”

Photo copyright MDF, Wikipedia Commons

Nature is a rich and generous educator. Simply walking though the woods, into a meadow or along a stream stimulates the curious mind. Simple questions arise that lead to knowledge, insight and ever-deeper questions. On the same walk, one can … Continue reading

Red Fox

Red Fox

Of the classes of animals with which we share the earth, perhaps most easily noticed are the colorful, feathery descendants of dinosaurs as they fly through our fields and forests and alight on our backyard feeders. Next in our awareness … Continue reading