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Wilton couple gifts 189 acres to Skidmore

Wilton couple gifts 189 acres to Skidmore

College studying ways to use land
Wilton couple gifts 189 acres to Skidmore
Skidmore College campus in April.
Photographer: ERICA MILLER

GREENFIELD -- Wilton business owners Michael and Margaret Roohan have donated 189 acres of undeveloped woodland in Greenfield to Skidmore College, the college announced Thursday. 

The land, donated to the college on Dec. 27, is adjacent to 200 acres given by the couple in 2010 and nearly nearly 120 acres they donated in 2014, Skidmore officials said in a prepared statement. The Roohans own Granite & Marble Works in Wilton.

The land is located near Skidmore’s North Woods property, behind the College’s Van Lennep Riding Center. College officials did not indicate specifically how the most-recently donated land would be used. In the past, however, the college has used its woodlands for research and classroom learning in disciplines ranging from environmental studies and sciences to anthropology and American studies.

The college is working on a sustainable stewardship plan for all of its undeveloped land, officials said.

“Skidmore’s creative, multidisciplinary approach to using this land for teaching, research and recreation assures the most valuable use for the greatest number of participants, and most importantly assures the education of future generations in the care of our natural surroundings,” Michael Roohan said in a prepared statement. 

Skidmore President Philip A. Glotzbach said the donated land “will be of great interest to our faculty and students.” 

He said few colleges in the Northeast have woodlands as large or as close to campus.

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