Forest Preservation Effort
April 4, 2018
Aspetuck Land Trust today announced plans for a large-scale forest preservation effort in Weston and Wilton.
The forest preservation initiative is being led by Aspetuck Land Trust and is part of a Aspetuck Land Trust's 17,000 acre Green Corridor which is planned to span Weston, Easton, Fairfield and Westport. The effort grew out of Aspetuck Land Trust's participation in the the Hudson to Housatonic Initiative (H2H) which is a group of land trusts in the region who have come together to work across town and state lines to preserve large tracts of land between the Hudson and Housatonic Rivers in New York and Connecticut. Aspetuck Land Trust is partnering with Wilton Land Conservation Trust on the Weston Wilton Forest Block project.
The land area in Weston and Wilton that the land trusts seek to protect is over 350 acres and is adjacent to over 2,100 acres of already protected land. The lands are considered rare and resilient habitat, critical to the long-term survival of native Connecticut species threatened by the effects of climate change and fragmentation from development. Aspetuck Land Trust seeks to preserve this critical habitat by protecting and connecting more land and involving individual landowners in the effort by encouraging them to take stewardship actions on their own properties like planting native plants or transitioning to organic lawn care.
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.
According to David Brant, Executive Director of Aspetuck Land Trust, “We are excited to announce this forest preservation effort and involve the community in protecting the last frontier of undeveloped open space in our area. We invite the citizens of Weston and Wilton to learn more and get involved. Everyone has a role to play to improve and repair our shared environment and everyone can make a difference.”