Conservation Services: Helping Aspetuck Land Trust Protect Its Trout Brook Valley Preserve

Dec 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Land

Finding the proper balance between protecting sensitive habitats on conservation land and giving the public an opportunity to enjoy those lands is one of the thorniest issues conservation organizations deal with.

At the Aspetuck Land Trust’s 1,009-acre Trout Brook Valley Preserve, Connecticut Audubon Society’s conservation scientists are working to help find that proper balance.

Located on the border of Weston and Easton, Trout Brook Valley encompasses a mosaic of important natural habitats — vernal pools, shrub swamps, talus slopes, grasslands and more, which are home to threatened, endangered or otherwise at-risk species.

But Trout Brook Valley also has a 22-mile trail network used for hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, and dog-walking. The trails were laid out gradually over time, often without knowledge of the preserve’s special ecosystems.

For more on this story, visit: Conservation Services: Helping Aspetuck Land Trust Protect Its Trout Brook Valley Preserve | Connecticut Audubon Society.

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