Updated July 11, 2020
Land owned by the Leroy Anderson Foundation to the east and north of the Leroy Anderson House (33 Grassy Hill Road - Town lot #8) on both sides of Grassy Hill Road and west of Good Hill Road is managed as open space and wildlife habitat. 121 Good Hill Road (Woodbury Town lot #7A), 125 Good Hill Road (Woodbury Town lot #19A), 14 Grassy Hill Road (Town lot #18A), and 34 Grassy Hill Road (Woodbury Town lot #18) all have frontage on Good Hill Brook. Together these four land parcels owned by the Leroy Anderson Foundation are known as the Good Hill Brook Natural Area. Efforts are being made to improve natural resource values by improving wildlife habitat, enhancing biological diversity and minimizing invasive plant species. Helping to maintain the water quality of Good Hill Brook is a major goal of our land stewardship plan that we have implemented during over 60 years of ownership by Eleanor and Leroy Anderson, and now by the Leroy Anderson Foundation.
A pollinator habitat corridor was established by the Leroy Anderson Foundation along both sides of Grassy Hill Road from the intersection with Good Hill Road (CT 317) and continuing westward for 0.4 miles. Invasive plants are being controlled at the same time as plants beneficial to pollinator species are thriving. The Woodbury Board of Selectmen received and read into the record correspondence from the Leroy Anderson Foundation at the Selectboard's regular meeting on June 25, 2020. The Board forwarded to the Town Highway Dept the notification from the Leroy Anderson Foundation that included the request that the Town neither mow nor spray in the area of the pollinator habitat corridor. The Pomperaug Valley Garden Club expressed their support for the request in a letter to the Selectboard that was read into the minutes of the June 25, 2020 Selectboard meeting.
During the years 2014-2018 volunteers of the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition monitored Good Hill Brook on the Good Hill Brook Natural Area for macroinveterbrates as part of the RBV program - "Riffle Bioassessment by Volunteers". In the effort to document Connecticut's healthiest streams, volunteers investigate waters that are unassessed but likely to be of high quality in the hopes of officially documenting a new 'healthy water'. Good Hill Brook at this location was determined to support 11 of 15 possible macroinveterbrates, indicating that Good Hill Brook is one of Connecticut's streams with very high water quality.
With gratitude and recognition for their strong influence in shaping our conservation ethic, we remember and acknowledge the lives and good works of Eleanor F. Anderson, Nell and John Dorr, Dr. Mitchell Gratwick, Carl Linnaeus, Duncan McDougall, Ehrick Rossiter, Edmund K. Swigert, Natalie Van Vleck, May and Alan White.
The Leroy Anderson Foundation encourages residents of Woodbury, Roxbury, Washington, Bethlehem and Southbury to support the Conservation Commission in their town, to support the area land trusts including Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust in Woodbury, Roxbury Land Trust, Southbury Land Trust, Steep Rock Association in Washington and the Audubon Society's Bent of the River Preserve in Southbury. Please also support the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition (PRWC) and the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club (PVGC). The Pomperaug Valley Garden Club works to support habitat for nectar-loving insect and bird species as well as songbirds in addition to the PVGC's work to maintain the Botany Trail at Flanders Nature Center.
The Leroy Anderson Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit organization and welcomes support from individuals, corporations, and other foundations. The Leroy Anderson Foundation has been designated as a tax-exempt charity by the IRS. Donations to the Leroy Anderson Foundation are deductible to the full extent of the law.
Leroy Anderson Foundation
P.O. Box 447
Woodbury, Connecticut 06798