Southington Land Trust dedicates bog

Bob Kuchta, left, accepts a commemorative place from Southington Land Conservation Trust President Al Fiorillo.

Bob Kuchta, left, accepts a commemorative place from Southington Land Conservation Trust President Al Fiorillo.

At the annual Southington Land Conservation Trust dinner meeting, President Al Fiorillo presented a plaque to Bob Kuchta to commemorate naming the land trust’s bog property in honor of the Kuchta family.

Mr. Kuchta discovered the fen, also referred to as a bog, when he was a boy. His discovery deepened his interest in nature and science and eventually he studied the fen for his thesis for his master’s degree.

“We were delighted that Mr. Kuchta was able to speak of his lifelong interest at our meeting,” a spokesman for the Southington Land Conservation Trust said in a press release. “A duplicate plaque was made for his parents as they were instrumental in preserving the bog and in helping the land trust.”

The fen is a rare habitat in Connecticut. The Land Trust is working with the UConn Extension Foresters to evaluate strategies to preserve the area. Nancy Marek, the forester who is outlining the steps toward preserving it, is studying the fen throughout the year and making a film of her findings.

The Land Trust seeks to acquire and preserve natural habitat in town. For more information or to learn about membership opportunities, visit the CT Master Gardener’s table at the local farmer’s market, or visit www.Southingtonlandtrust.org.

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