Housatonic Overlook and Tucker's Ridge
Saturday, June 7, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Set along the 200-ft eastern palisade of the Housatonic River, Tucker's Ridge offers dramatic views of the Housatonic Valley and a variety of scenery along five beautiful trails. During winter bald eagles can be seen soaring over the water or sitting in trees on either side of the river. At the point where the trail merges with the pipeline easement it becomes quite steep descending bedrock before crossing a small stream and them climbing up to a level inland trail through a forest punctuated by picturesque rock outcroppings with an understory of Mountain Laurel that blooms in early summer. The inland trails all can be accessed from the red trail. There is a large wetland in the northern section that may be muddy during wet periods. Deer frequently are seen in this area.
Total Distance This Event Will Travel: three miles
GPS address: North entrance: 672 High Ridge Road
Parking area access North Ridge.
Name of Sponsoring Organization: Orange Conservation Commission
Sponsoring Organization's Website: http://www.orangectconservationcommission.com/
- Rain or shine.
- I will also post any change notices (cancellations, postponements, etc.) to the CFPA Facebook wall by the morning of the date of my scheduled outing.
Event Pre-registration: Pre-registration is NOT NECESSARY.
Difficulty: Moderate (Gently rising/temperate terrain with occasional obstacles)
Specially Targeted For: Families
Are leashed dogs permitted? Yes, Leashed Dogs Permitted
Is this event/location wheelchair accessible? No, Not Wheelchair Accessible
Orange Open Space Guide Available
“A Guide to the Open Spaces of Orange, Connecticut” is a full-color reference for maximum enjoyment of the town’s 1,000 acres of public open space. It provides useful information including trail maps, brief descriptions of each sites, facilities, hours, even GPS addresses for the parking areas. The 18 x 24 guide folds into a convenient pocket-sized tool. It features a town map indicating the locations of all of the passive and active open spaces, and charts showing available and permitted uses at each site. Copies will be available at Case Memorial Library, the Orange Parks and Recreation office and the Orange Chamber of Commerce.
Land Stewards Needed
The Orange Conservation Commission needs more volunteers to help maintain trails and care for the land on the all properties for which the OCC is responsible—Paul Ode Nature Trail (High Plains Community Center), Wepawaug (off Mapledale Rd), Wrights Pond (Old Grassy Hill Rd), Housatonic Overlook (Cedar Grove Rd/High RidgeRd), Racebrook Tract (Racebrook Rd), and Ewen Farm Preserve (Lambert Road/Tyler City) and Turkey Hill Preserve Derby-Milford Road. We are seeking highly motivated individuals or families who regularly use the trails and want to give something back to the town. Training in basic trail maintenance skills can be provided. The OCC is especially interested in:
· retired persons looking to stay physically active
· young adults looking for a challenge
· students who need to fulfill community service hours for graduation
· families with older children who enjoy working together in the outdoors
· owners of properties in the vicinity of town-owned land who would personally benefit from good stewardship practices nearby
· amateur or professional naturalists
· people who have or would like to develop leadership skills
· those experienced with hand tools, painting, carpentry, or landscaping
If you are interested in helping the OCC in this way, please contact OCC commission member Sharon Ewen at 475-227-2006 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Aside from being a great way to provide community service, trail maintenance can be very rewarding!
Residents who have an interest in and/or experience in environmental issues, environmental programs, natural resources, conservation, preservation and land management are encouraged to apply for open positions by calling the office of the First Selectman Jim Zeoli at 203-891-2122 Ext. 737 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Ewen Farm Preserve, a town-owned space.
|Sharon Ewen, Chair||Term exp. 5/28/15|
|Stuart Coleman||Term exp. 5/28/13|
|David Krause||Term exp. 5/28/14|
|Cindy Ruggeri||Term exp. 5/28/15|
|Baxter Walsh||Term exp. 5/28/14|
|Amy Williams||Term exp. 5/28/15|
|Vacant||Term exp. 5/28/13|
The Conservation Commission meets in the small Conference Room in the basement of Town Hall at 7:00 PM on the second Monday of each month, except for September and October, when the meetings are on the third Monday because of holidays.
Town of Orange Conservation Commission (Section 6.60, Town Charter)
There shall be a Conservation Commission consisting of seven members for the development and conservation of natural resources, including water resources, within the territorial limits of the Town.
Said commission shall have the powers, possesses all of the rights and may engage in any of the activities enumerated in Section 7-131(a) of the General Statutes.
Town-Owned Passive Open Space
Click here to view a list, including acreage and date of acquisition.