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Conservation Commission

The First Annual Orange Owl Prowl
When: Friday 11/14/2014 at 7:00pm
Where:  Ewen Farm Preserve
GPS 648 St. John's Drive

Come join the Orange Conservation Commission under the stars for the first annual Owl Prowl!!
There will be a brief introduction about Owls lead by Frank Gallo CT Audubon Coastal Center followed by a guided walk. This Preserve has an identified area that is known for a variety of Owls which we will walk to on the tour. We want to give you the experience of seeing and/or hearing wild owls. Species that are most often heard are Barred and Eastern Screech-Owls, but Northern Saw-whet Owls, Great Horned Owls and even Long-eared Owls are also possible. There is also the chance of no activity.
Space is limited and is based on first come first serve basis.  A $15.00 fee per Family: checks to  be made out to Treas. of Orange and send to Sharon Ewen 615 Lambert Rd. Orange CT 06477. 11/12 deadline. If questions e-mail
DRESS WARMLY!!!  boots, down jackets, and wool sweaters, hats and mittens are not overkill for Standing still listening for owls. Flashlights too.
The walk will take about an hour followed by Hot Chocolate and Tea.
This is recommended for ages Kindergarten and up and those who are capable of walking over uneven terrain

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), 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 Aside from being a great way to provide community service, trail maintenance can be very rewarding!

Commission Openings
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:


Ewen Farm Preserve
Ewen Farm Preserve, a town-owned space.

Conservation Commissioners
Sharon Ewen, Chair Term exp. 5/28/15
Jonathan Clark Term exp. 5/28/18
Stuart Coleman Term exp. 5/28/17
David Krause Term exp. 5/28/18
Robert McCorkle Term exp. 5/28/17
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 Conference Room at High Plains Community Center 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.


South Central Regional Council of Governments

Connecticut State Parks and Forests

Town of Orange Annual Report

CT Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commission

Southwest Conservation District