Shelton Land Conservation Trust members remove litter and debris from a newly-acquired 2.5-acre off Providence Drive on April 19 as part of the citywide Clean Sweep volunteer initiative.

The wooded parcel off Coram Road includes much of the headwaters of the Ivy Brook, which runs parallel to Constitution Boulevard South before eventually flowing into the Housatonic River.

The 2.5 acres, also known as the DeFilippo property, is covered by mostly wetlands and is considered environmentally significant. It was donated to the land trust by multiple generations of the family that owned it.

The Shelton Clean Sweep is an annual effort coordinated by the Shelton Litter Committee that involves individuals, organizations, businesses and other groups volunteering to organize cleanup projects within the city.

The city supplies trash bags and picks up the collected garbage for the Shelton Clean Sweep, which runs from April 19-27 this year.

Land trust preserves open spaces

Founded in 1969, the nonprofit Shelton Land Conservation Trust works to preserve and protect open spaces in Shelton.

The organization has 30 parcels of land, totaling over 365 acres, that were acquired by purchase, partnership, grant, and bequest. Learn more at SheltonLandTrust.org.