A Job Well Done
Natural and Cultural Riches
of Kent, CT
The Kent Conservation Commission published the first
edition of its Natural and Cultural Resources Inventory
(NCRI) this week. We picked up a copy the other day
and found ourselves mesmerized by the stories, old
photographs and facts it contains about our town.
The culmination of over five years of data collection,
research, writing and editing, the book, titled Natural
and Cultural Riches of Kent, CT, is a trove of interesting
and useful historical and demographic information
as well as inventories of the species which inhabit
our region and full-color maps of our geology, soils,
water and open spaces.
Consisting of over 100 pages of text and tables,
plus a dozen maps and a fascinating selection of old
photographs, it’s easy to get lost reading about
our iron industry, the evolution of the village center,
the Schaghticokes and the flora and fauna with which
we share our 49.6 square mile home. The Commission,
along with its writers, is to be commended for having
spent the clearly countless hours that went into the
production of this worthwhile addition to the list
of books that help us understand and appreciate our
town. Particular praise is due its editors, Wendy
Murphy and Liddy Baker, and the cartographers, Jos
Spelbos and Kirk Sinclair. Copies of the limited edition
book are available at the Kent
Memorial Library, The House of Books, and
the Town Clerk's Office for $25 each.
We heartily recommend it.