Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Connecticut Trails Day Hike on the Avery Preserve

On June 2, as part of the 2013 Connecticut Trails Day activities, Avalonia Land Conservancy will sponsor a hike on our Avery Preserve. From 9 AM to about 11 AM, this will be about a moderate 2 mile hike on well used trails through open woodlands. Meet Mike Goodwin, Ben Anderson, and Joan Nichols at 35 Avery Hill Road in Ledyard. Please park at the ball field off Stoddards Wharf Road as shown on the map above and follow the signs to the meeting place. You do not need to register. Please come and join us.
Avery Preserve

Avalonia’s Avery Preserve in Ledyard is one of our oldest preserves. The West Tract, where we will hike, was donated by Amos Avery in 1970. It was part of a 1653 land grant to the Avery family that had been handed down through 10 generations. The property was studied by a State Environmental Review Team in 1985. The team’s report recommended clearing up to 20 % of the property to enhance wildlife and regeneration of the forest. Avalonia did not act on the report at the time. This year we contracted with Joan Nichols, a forester from Lebanon, CT, to prepare a Forest Stewardship Plan for the property. The plan will provide recommendations on how to manage this important preserve. Joan Nichols will be with us on the hike to give us her recommendations for the property, as well as discuss how the property has changed in the last 28 years. Don't miss this opportunity to walk the Avery Preserve with a trained forester.

Written by Mike Goodwin. Photo by Rick Newton.

You can find more information about the 2013 Connecticut Trails Day here.

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