Events

 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Simsbury Library Hosts Regional Forest Forum
6:00 P.M. • Simsbury Public Library

On Monday, April 17th, the Town of Simsbury, the Simsbury Land Trust, the Canton Land Conservation Trust and the Farmington River Watershed Association are co-hosting an event titled “The Future of Our Forests: Stewarding Our Lands Thoughtfully.” It will be held in the Program Room at the Simsbury Library, 725 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury CT. A light supper will be available at 6:00 PM with the Program starting at 7:00 PM.

The Farmington Valley and surrounding area has rich forest resources – contributing to our clean air and water, biodiversity and quality of life – as well as tourism and recreation. Many stakeholders and invested and interested in the future of our forests: additional land trusts and organizations are expected to attend and the public of all ages is welcome.

This Regional Forum will feature a presentation by Dr. Edward Faison, Senior Ecologist from Highstead, a regional organization in Redding, CT dedicated to forest research and long term monitoring. Dr. Faison will present information on how municipalities and land trusts can establish a landscape and historical approach to stewarding our protected preserves and better understand How, When and Why we should monitor and manage our forests.

Questions and RSVP’s (requested by April 10th) to Helen Peterson, hkpeterson@comcast.net.

Saturday, April 22

Earth Day Clean Up Day
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. • Simsbury Town Hall Parking Lot

Join John Hampton for a Simsbury Clean Up Day on Earth Day! Volunteers are asked to meet at the Simsbury Town Hall parking lot (933 Hopmeadow Street) between 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. to receive clean-up assignments, gloves, trash bags, and orange safety vests. Volunteers may also sign up for a section of town in advance by contacting john.hampton@cga.ct.gov or calling 860.240.8568.

Saturday, April 22

Hiking Club Hike at Northwest Park
9:30 A.M. • Northwest Park, Windsor

Our hike will start at the parking lot in the 473 acre Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor. We’ll walk to the Wetland Forest Trail and pick up the side of the horseshoe that runs closer to Rainbow Reservoir. It connects to the Rainbow Reservoir Trail which we’ll follow to a junction with the Triassic Trail after which the Woody Succession Trail comes in almost immediately. Woody Succession leads to the Softwood Forest Trail that we will follow to the side of the Wetland Forest Trail horseshoe away from the water. It will take us back to the parking lot.

This hike is mostly flat with a few gentle ups and downs. The footing is good, with a few roots and other toe catchers so you do need to watch your feet. We’ll be walking about 5 miles in two hours. If you want a much shorter walk, you could simply follow the Wetland Forest Trail for its whole route. According to the park map, it is a mile and a quarter. Only distance makes this hike “moderate” rather than easy.

There are a couple of opportunities for views of Rainbow Reservoir, our route goes around a wetland and over a few bridges. The woods is mostly oak with evergreens in the “softwood” section. Here is a link to the park map: you will be able to see the planned loop. http://northwestpark.org/wordpress/?page_id=251. If you have questions, call Don or Sally on their cell phone at 860-604-5522.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spring Wildflower Talk
7:00 p.m. • Simsbury Public Library

Connecticut has a myriad of spring wildflowers. Join Margery Winters, SLT Trustee, for a talk to discover why they bloom in the spring, where to find them, how they got their names and what makes these plants so special. RSVP not required. For information contact the office, amyzeiner@aol.com.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

SLT Work Day
9:00 a.m. • Meet at SLT Office

Spring is here - wood frogs are beginning to call and the spring peepers are out. With spring comes the need for a work day. We have scheduled one for Saturday, April 29 and most likely a second one on May 13. We will see what remains to be done after the 29th. The plan is to meet at the land trust office at 9:00AM. Bring bows saws, loppers and clippers if you have them, gloves and drinking water. We can use a posthole digger or two. Also, one person with a chain saw. We'll divide up and take care of chores at several properties including Owen Mortimer/Tanager Hill. We'll finish up in time to be home for lunch. RSVP to dfrandssr@aol.com.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Family Hike at Tanager Hill
9:00 a.m. • Meet at the Parking area on Tanager Hill

Join SLT Trustees Karen Brand and Susan Vankleef for a spring family hike at Tanager Hill. Explore the 2 miles of wide and relatively flat trails and enjoy the spring weather. The property is on a glacial moraine at the base of the mountain with extensive wetlands, including a farm pond and vernal pools. RSVP to kbrand@rrlawpc.com. [From the intersection of River Road and East Weatogue Street, travel south on East Weatogue Street to the parking area entrance on the left.]

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Monday, April 17, 2017

The Future of Our Forests: Stewarding Our Lands Thoughtfully
6:00 p.m. • Simsbury Public Library Program Room
RSVP's are required by April 10

The Town of Simsbury, the Simsbury Land Trust, the Canton Land Conservation Trust and the Farmington River Watershed Association cordially invite you to attend: The Future of Our Forests: Stewarding Our Lands Thoughtfully. This Regional Forum will feature Dr. Edward Faison, Senior Ecologist from Highstead, a regional organization in Redding, CT dedicated to forest research and long term monitoring. Dr. Faison will present information on how municipalities and land trusts can establish a landscape and historical approach to stewarding our protected preserves and better understand How, When and Why we should monitor and manage our forests.

We will provide a light supper at 6:00 pm with the program starting at 7:00 pm on April 17 in the Program Room at the Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury CT. Questions and RSVP’s (by April 10th) to Helen Peterson, hkpeterson@comcast.net.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day Litter Cleanup
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. • Simsbury Town Hall Parking Lot

Join John Hampton for a Simsbury Clean Up Day on Earth Day! Volunteers are asked to meet at the Simsbury Town Hall parking lot (933 Hopmeadow Street) between 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. to receive clean-up assignments, gloves, trash bags, and orange safety vests. Volunteers may also sign up for a section of town in advance by contacting john.hampton@cga.ct.gov or calling 860.240.8568.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Community Day
8:00 a.m. • Simsbury Public Library

You are invited to join the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Past, Present and Future presentation to learn about their work in and around Simsbury. Continental breakfast will be serviced followed by a short program beginning at 8:15 a.m. RSVP to http://events.hfpg.org/EventReg/default.asp and enter code: SIMSBURY.