Many of us forget that preserving land is only one part of the conservation equation. Learning how to best manage these open spaces is becoming more important as invasive plants, deer and woodlands full of homogeneous tree species overwhelm the balance of nature. As a land steward, Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) is responsible for creating carefully designed management and conservation plans to maintain and protect healthy species and habitat diversity.
That is why in 2011 ALT partnered with the Connecticut Audubon Society to conduct our first wildlife survey at our 1,009 acre Trout Brook Valley Preserve (TBV). TBV is at the center of a 10 square mile area of contiguous forest, the largest and last such area of its kind in Fairfield County. We have an obligation to preserve and protect this vulnerable land that provides habitat for plants and animals and provides so much enjoyment to the public. Additionally, we received a grant from the Natural Resource Conservation Service Environmental Quality Improvement Program to develop a Forest Management Plan for both our Trout Brook Valley and Elisabeth Moore Preserves. These plans were completed in 2012, please see the below links to read more.
Elisabeth Moore Preserve Forest Management Plan click here.
Trout Brook Valley Forest Management Plan, click here.