Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:30am – 12:30pm
Branford Land Trust 50th Anniversary Celebration and Reception
Sponsored by: Branford Land Trust
Please join the Branford Land Trust at the Red Hill Woods Preserve in Branford on Saturday, June 23, 10:30am for a special 50th Anniversary Celebration including the dedication of the Red Hill Woods “Bog Walkway,” a guided walk through the property, and a celebratory reception.
This event celebrates 50 years of successful land conservation and community outreach by the BLT, and is also the official unveiling of the 1200-foot bog walkway, constructed in 2017. Supported by efforts of the BLT Trails Committee and donations from Ellen Matloff and Mike Bowler, and the Branford Rotary Club, the raised walkway traverses this stunning 29-acre property with views of the tussock sedge-red maple floodplain and adjacent streams. In the spring and summer, this wetland is sunny and filled with clumps of sedges, different species of ferns, and numerous leafy herbaceous plants growing beneath a high canopy of maples and other hardwood trees. Other property features include an upland forest with high ledge outcrops that overlook a vernal pool and a Native American rock shelter. It is a special place, representing the types of open space that have been protected by the Land Trust since its incorporation in 1967.
Following an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the bog walk, guests can enjoy a guided mile-long walk through the preserve followed by a community celebration of the BLT’s 50th anniversary featuring educational displays and refreshments.
Directions: From Leetes Island Road, turn onto Red Hill Road and continue past Van Wie Pond to the very end of the road. Park along the gravel lane. Please consider carpooling as parking may be limited. Those choosing to go on the full mile walk should expect moderate terrain, with some sloping trails and inclines. Bring water. Walking sticks and bug spray welcome.
The event will be held rain or shine. In case of rain, the reception will be held at the Branford Land Trust House, 26 School Street, Stony Creek following the ribbon cutting and walk.
The 50th Anniversary Celebration is just one of a year-long schedule of anniversary events. Contact the BLT at (203) 483-5263 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about this event and schedule changes.
- Admission: Free
- Red Hill Woods Preserve
- Red Hill Road
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