Date: Sat June 2, 2018
Time: 9:30 - 11:30am
Place: Slawson Preserve Parking at 435 Hamburg Road, (Rte 156). Lyme CT.
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Join us for a walk at the Lyme Land Trust’s Slawson Nature Preserve with Lisa Wahle, the ”Bunny Lady”, a biologist who works on young forest habitat restoration; and Mark LaCasse, Master Wildlife Conservationist and professional land manager of one of the abutting private lands; and Emery Gluck, who manages habitat restoration at Nehantic State Forest as part of CT DEEP Division of Forestry.
We will see Phase 2 of the on-going process to improve the land for the benefit of the threatened New England cottontail rabbit and other species that depend upon young forests. On last year’s walk, we saw the results of Phase 1: the vegetation regrowth on 25 acres that had been cleared several years ago on private property adjacent to the preserve. This Fall, the Land Trust completed Phase 2: the removal of trees from the Slawson Preserve.
The Land Trust, private landowners, and the State have agreed to harvest mature trees over a 6 to 10-year period to create an environment that is suitable for young forest species. As the cleared areas grow back, it will create the desirable young brushy environment where the bunnies find food and protection from predators. Staggering the treatments will ensure that this successional habitat is available for a longer time. This process is beneficial to more than 50 species of greatest conservation need including prairie warbler, ruffed grouse, indigo bunting, American woodcock, wood turtle, and blue spotted salamander. Interested residents can find more information about bunnies here.
Parking is available at 435 Hamburg Rd (Rte 156), Lyme, CT. Follow the dirt driveway to the parking area. We have permission to park at the end of this long private driveway for this special event only. No dogs please.
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