\u00a0Recently, The Olde Ripton Garden Club donated a native Pin Oak Tree to The Shelton Land Conservation Trust. \u00a0The Land Trust planted the tree together with the Garden Club next to the nature trail on their Lane Street property. The Federated Garden Club of CT assisted the Olde Ripton Garden Club in the purchase of the tree. \u00a0Their program \u201cGrowing Together\u201d is attempting to plant a native oak tree in every community in the State where there is a member garden club. \u00a0The purpose is to help communities work in harmony to preserve our native pollinators such as bees and butterflies by providing the food that they eat which will ultimately benefit our ecosystem. Oak trees are our state and national tree and they live hundreds of years. \u00a0They are well suited to New England landscapes and are the perfect wildlife plant, supporting over 517 species of moths and butterflies. \u00a0Without these insects we lose our native birds. \u00a0Seventy percent of our native forests along the Eastern seaboard are gone. The Shelton Land Conservation Trust was chosen as a partner in the program since they are dedicated to preserving and protecting open space in the community. \u00a0The 17-acre Lane Street parcel was donated to the Trust by Guila G. Hawley, a long-time Shelton resident in 1980. \u00a0Ms. Hawley donated the land because she was determined to keep the land in its natural state declining lucrative offers by developers until deeding it to the Trust. For more information about the Shelton Land Conservation Trust visit their website at www.sheltonlandtrust.org. \u00a0Information regarding the Olde Ripton Garden Club is available at www.olderiptongardenclub.org.