Aspetuck Land Trust has a vision for a greener, more sustainable world. Our vision is "to create a healthier community by establishing a Green Corridor that connects and engages our communities and safeguards our land, wildlife and water resources for future generations."
We are developing a detailed plan to create a 40,000 acre Green Corridor to enlarge and further protect our region's treasured open space. The Green Corridor will extend through Fairfield, Westport, Weston, Easton, Wilton and Redding.
Criteria used to geolocate the Green Corridor:
Maintain and preserve habitats along important riparian corridors (Saugatuck and Mill Rivers and Sasco Brook).
Link existing Aspetuck Land Trust properties and other protected open spaces.
Link habitats of known rare flora and fauna and other species of conservation concern.
Avoid and mitigate the effects of habitat fragmentation.
Protect properties with important farmland soils.
The Green Corridor has two major components:
Land Protection: Conserving and preserving undeveloped strategically located land parcels in the six-town region by either purchasing them or receiving them as donations. Through our strategic conservation mapping we have identified 32 properties for protection totaling 730 acres. In addition, we are working to protect a 705 acre forest block on the Weston Wilton border.
Land Stewardship: We want homeowners to see their yards as living stepping stones that provide food for wildlife like butterflies and bees that are making their way through the landscape. We plan to educate and motivate homeowners to plant native plants, switch to organic or zero-emissions lawn care services, and stop using pesticides. Involving thousands of individual homeowners will extend the overall benefits and beauty of the Green Corridor and will magnify and accelerate our conservation impact.
Everyone can make a difference, whether it’s donating land or taking care of their yards in a more sustainable ways.
Visit "What Homeowners Can Do" in the "Caring for Land" section of our website to learn more about how you can make a difference in your own yard and stay tuned, because we are just getting started!
Please Contact Us to comment or learn more about our plans.
Are you in the Green Corridor? Check it out with our INTERACTIVE MAP!