A Legacy Helping Others

How you can protect me and my neighbors even after you’re gone.

Written & edited by Woodrow W. Turtle, V.E.R. 


Every time I hear about Sidney Skolnick I smile.
I first heard about Mr. Skolnick in 2004, when he gave his first gift of $35 to my friends at CFPA. I was very grateful for his help at the time. And then he did something amazing. Mr. Skolnick started a legacy donor fund to protect me, my home, and your place of respite.

When I heard about this, I had to learn more.

“Legacy gifts are a great way to reflect your conservation ethic,” said Jim Little, CFPA Development Director.

“These unique gifts are a wonderful legacy you leave to protect the future of people and organizations like CFPA that you love.”

A few years ago, Mr. Skolnick set up a fund to benefit CFPA and other non-profits at the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven. Every year, CFPA receives a gift from Mr. Skolnik to use for protecting forests, wildlife, and trails. This year, his fund helped build a bog bridge on the Cockaponset Trail (with additional trail projects funded by the Rockfall Foundation).

I asked my neighbor, Sal the Salamander, about this project. He said the new bog bridge is “lifechanging”.

 “I feel much safer now. When I hear boots coming, I no longer fear a wayward step and know my favorite plants and I are protected.”

Sal the Blue-Spotted Salamander

I can’t think of a legacy better than protecting Connecticut’s forests, wildlife, and trails.



This article was specially written for CFPA by Woodrow W. Turtle, V.E.R. (very educated reptile). Read more stories written by Woodrow in the December 2022 edition of Rock, Root & Trail.

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