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Forest Habitat Management – Tree Girdling @ Hidden Valley Preserve

Saturday June 3, 9 am – 11 am

Two characteristics of a healthy forest habitat are: a dense under story of shrubs and saplings; and standing dead trees called snags.  Both provide nesting and foraging opportunities for our local forest birds.  Come help us improve the forest habitat of the Hidden Valley Preserve and enhance the abundance of these two important forest habitat components.  To do this we’ll be stripping a ring of bark off of trees to create the snag, and as the tree dies, more light will reach the forest floor encouraging the growth of shrubs and saplings.  Tools will be provided, but if you have a sharp straight draw knife or hatchet, bring it along.  Dress for work in the woods. Registration required.

Meeting location will be on Sabbaday Lane at the north end of Tatetuck Farm.  Coming from town, turn left onto Sabbaday Lane off of Rte 109(Blackville Rd).  Drive approximately one mile to the sharp bend in the road.  We’ll meet in the grassy pull off on the left.

Volunteer Opportunities in Connecticut

CT Trails Weekend Hike

Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Hidden Valley Preserve ( 198 Bee Brook Road, Washington Depot)

Join Steep Rock Staff Rory Larson for a guided loop hike through Hidden Valley Preserve, hitting its highlights which include the Pinnacle, the Lookout, the Quartz Mine, and the Shepaug River. Participants should wear adequate footwear and bring water/snacks for a break.

For more information and to register please use the “Register Now” button below.

Click here to register for CT Trails Day

 3 Peaks Challenge Kick-Off Hikes

Date: Sat, June 24
Time: 9:00 am
 Location: Your choice (Groups will meet in the parking lots of all three preserves)
Steep Rock Association’s Outreach Committee is excited to announce a new hikers challenge this summer, The 3 Peaks Challenge.  To kick things off we are having a guided hike to each peak (choose one) on Saturday June 24th starting at 9:00 am.  A great way to start off a fun Saturday that will continue with the Future Now Expo in Town Hall Plaza at 11:00 am.

To find out more about the challenge and to participate please visit here.

 Future Now Expo

Date: Sat, June 24
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
 Location: Town Hall Plaza Washington, CT
Visit our table at this engaging community event coordinated by the Washington Environmental Council. Speak face to face with exhibitors who have demonstrated a commitment to saving our planet. Learn from informative lectures, watch a documentary film, participate in an action-oriented workshop and enjoy live music. This all-day event is free, walk-able and family-friendly. There will be something for everyone!

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