(West Hartland, 2012) The beautiful 162-acre Pasquariello property in West Hartland, CT is now permanently protected thanks to the generosity of Edith and Anna Pasquariello and the Pasquariello family. Thank you to the Pasquariello's for creating a lasting legacy for birds and other wildlife! Audubon will manage the property as a wildlife sanctuary in accordance of the wishes of the family.
The two parcels are located in the heart of the Barkhamsted forest block, one of the largest blocks of unfragmented forest remaining in Connecticut. The area is also a focus for New England cottontail conservation efforts. The property is nearly surrounded by large areas of protected forest lands owned by the Metropolitan District Commission and state parks and forests. Audubon Connecticut Executive Director Tom Baptist commented "This is exactly the type of property we would have targeted to protect in efforts to maintain the integrity of this critical forest block. It's the closest thing to wilderness remaining in Connecticut".
Development of this property would have struck a blow in the heart of the Barkhamsted forest, fragmenting this beautiful forested landscape. The property supports a diverse array of bird species that are typical of northern hardwood/conifer forests, including Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Canada Warbler, and Blackburnian Warbler (which is especially common on the property). It also supports moose, black bear and numerous amphibians, including red efts, red-backed salamander and spring peeper.
Sadly, Anna Pasquariello passed away on March 31, 2012, but told her nephew that ensuring the permanent protection of her beloved property was one of the happiest moments of her life. Anna will be sorely missed, but the memory of her generous spirit live on in the forest she loved.