At the beginning of 2017, CFPA acquired 100+ acres of woodland in Tolland from the estate of Lois Barlow Cox Query. Lois was one special woman. One could not find an individual who better embodied community and the importance of land conservation. Lois’ “fierce love of life” was witnessed by all who crossed her path and she instilled in all, her “spirit of adventure and can do approach” that was visible right up to her final months of life.
Lois actively managed her 100+ acre parcel of mixed grassland and woodland for 25 years. Since the 1990’s, Lois made sure that her land was properly managed; hiring forestry consultants and applying for grants to guide timber harvests and habitat restorations. Lois could regularly be seen building and maintaining bridges and trails on her property and throughout town. She cut and treated invasive plants throughout her property, maintained her pond, and managed her grasslands for rare bird species. Even as Lois’ health was declining, she made sure that the property she managed and cherished so much would be protected forever from development by donating it to the Connecticut Forest & Park Association in her will. CFPA took ownership of Lois’s 100+ acre woodland at the very beginning of 2017 and hopes to enhance the trails and continue the forest management that Lois so dearly loved.
Lois’ legacy “of strength and vision, service and good works, and a commitment to the community she loved” will live on in the protection of this property and in each person she touched.
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