Newman Poses Preserves Opens May 1st to the Public

Newman Poses Nature Preserve Opens

Aspetuck Land Trust helped preserve 39 acres of land in Westport which will be known as the Newman Poses Nature Preserve.  The preserve represents the town of Westport’s tribute to Paul Newman, a longtime Westport resident and supporter of local civic causes, including the Aspetuck Land Trust.  Over the past year and a half, the Land Trust worked closely with the town of Westport and the Newman family to ensure that this land will remain open space for the public and not be developed.   The Land Trust has made improvements to the property for public access (driveway and parking lot, trails, bridges, signage) and will manage the nature preserve for the town.  This is a unique example of how a Land Trust can preserve land with high property values, while maintaining public access without expending significant resources for outright purchase.

Mr. Newman lived near the property and donated a large portion of the land to the town.  The parcel also includes land sold to the town by Lillian Poses, a neighbor and friend of Mr. Newman’s who worked on the New Deal in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration and who was one of the first women to graduate from NYU Law School.

Thanks to the Newman family and to the town of Westport, this beautiful parcel of land will remain in its natural state.  Many others gave donations of time and/or services: Westport Boy Scout Troup 100, Hatch and Bailey Lumber, Petrow Gardens Landscape Design, DLTC Landscaping, University of Bridgeport, and the law firm of Halloran and Sage.

The preserve will be open to the public on May 1st and can be accessed off Bayberry Lane (north of Easton Road/Rte 136). Visit for more details.

Aspetuck Land Trust is a member supported, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving open space in Easton, Fairfield, Weston and Westport.  The Land Trust maintains 42 trailed preserves on over 1,700 acres. To learn more or to become a member, visit or call 203-331-1906.


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