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Greenleaf Preserve


Greenleaf Preserve is 33 acre wildlife sanctuary in southern Newtown, Connecticut. The property consists of a diverse assemblage of meadows, wetlands, and forest. It is a rich and diverse system with an abundant number of habitats for its small size. The property was protected and set aside as a preserve in the early 1990s when the historic farm in which it was located was subdivided. The NFA’s goal for the property is “to safeguard and enhance the natural resources of the property, with an emphasis on wildlife habitat diversity management.”

Trails: YES Download Trail Map> Bequest from:
Roger Leifer 1999
Total Acres: 33
Special Features:

The piece of land on which Greenleaf Preserve now is located is part of a larger historic farm that still exists in remnants along Poverty Hollow Road. The Platt family homestead dates back to 1800 and still stands on the present day Atlasta farm. In the 1800s and early 1900s much of the land in Poverty Hollow belonged to the Platt family, and was the site of some innovative agriculture. Theron Platt (1848-1927) was a scientific farmer who specialized in the breeding of potatoes. He was responsible for the introduction of an important blight resistant potato variety, and used fields on the property for his research. His brother Johnson Platt was a well-respected lawyer and professor at Yale University, and his son Philo Platt (1880-1926) became the first Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture from the town of Newtown.

Facts and Trivia
The NFA mows these meados 2 times a year to keep the meadows from converting back into forests. We mow this late in the fall, after the ground nesting birds and monarch butterflys have migrated and again in early winter.

More history > LOCATION
Address: 20 Greenleaf Farms Road, Newtown, CT 06470
GPS: 41.358239, -73.344050
Parking and Access: Parking on the Road in front of the NFA Sign onf Greenleaf road is suggested.
Special Note:
During 2011 two Eagle projects were conducted at the NFA's Greenleaf Preserve. Scout Connor Pineau and his team installed a new information kiosk, blazed and created a new trail loop,and built a small bridge in the northern end of the Preserve. Kyle Watts and his volunteers completed a much more prominent bridge, blazed a short trail along the stream, installed an informational kiosk and a natural rock bench in the southern end of the Greenleaf Preserve leading from the NFA sign on Greenleaf Farms Road.
Property Rules:
This preserve is open to passive recreational activities.
Please leave no evidence of your visit.

Open Sunrise to Sunset.

Pets must remain on a leash; please clean up after your pets.
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