The Trust for Public Land worked with the Madison Land
Conservation Trust (MLCT) to purchase and permanately protect 77 acres of open space in North
Madison, the former Summer Hill Road homestead of the
Bauermeister family, which maintained the land as a natural area for
wildlife in general and birdlife in particular.
The Summer Hill property is part of the Hammonasset Reservoir
watershed and is situated near other lands protected by the MLCT. Its
location and ecological significance make this land a conservation
priority: it serves as a southern buffer to thousands of acres of
natural lands that protect water quality and wildlife habitat while
offering recreation opportunities.