CT Trails Day Walk – Bunny Habitat.

Date: Sat June 3, 2017
Time: 10am -12pm

Slawson Preserve
Parking at 435 Hamburg Road, (Rte 156). Lyme CT.

Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org

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 the on-going process to improve the land for the benefit of the threatened New England cottontail rabbit and other young forest species. Private landowners, the Land Trust 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. The first harvest, on private land that Mark manages, was completed in the winter of 2014-15. The Land Trust harvest will happen in about a year or so. The Nehantic State Forest will have a tree harvest overseen by Emery a few years after that. 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 over a longer period of time. This process is also 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 at http://newenglandcottontail.org.

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.

Reservations Appreciated: openspace@townlyme.org

Photo of Lisa Wahle and Elvis by Wendolyn Hill