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Orange Conservation Commission Cancels October Hike

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Sep 302019
 

Turkey Hill Preserve

Based on advice from the Health Department and CERT, the Orange Conservation Commission (OCC) has canceled the hike previously scheduled for October 12, 2019, at Turkey Hill Preserve.

While EEE-infected mosquitoes have not been found in Orange thus far, the OCC has decided to err on the side of caution due to the rising Statewide concern for potential exposure to EEE.

Orange Conservation Commission Asking for Photos

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Sep 032019
 

The Orange Conservation Commission invites all who enjoy our Open Spaces to share a picture of someone being a proper steward of our town trails.

Take a picture of yourself, your family, your friends, or your pets hiking our trails. Show how you help to keep the trails welcoming for all who visit them. We will display the pictures at our booth in the Civic Tent at the 2019 Orange Country Fair – showcasing our favorites for all to see.

Send pictures to orangeconscomm@gmail.com by Saturday, September 14, then come by to see us at the Fair, Sept 21-22.

Meet The Birds of Orange on June 17

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Jun 042018
 

The Orange Conservation Commission (OCC) will host a Bird Walk at the Turkey Hill Preserve in Orange (GPS Address: 700 Derby-Milford Road, Orange) on Sunday, June 17, at 8 a.m. 

Frank Gallo, a leading expert on where to find birds in Connecticut, will lead the tour. Frank is a tour leader for Sunrise Birding, LLC, an international birding tour company, is a member of the Connecticut Avian Rare Records Committee, and a federally licensed master bird bander.

Frank also is the author of two children’s nature books, Bird Calls and Night Sounds, and is a published freelance photographer. Frank’s new book, Birding in Connecticut, a guide to where, when, and how to find birds in the state, came out May 1. He will have copies available to sign at the walk. Frank has led the OCC’s highly acclaimed “Owl Prowl” in the Fall for the last 3 years.

This Bird Walk is made possible by a Community Grant from the Orange Lion’s Club.

The Orange Conservation Commission can be found on Facebook and this website.

Orange Open Space Enforcement: Leash Your Dogs, Pick Up Their Poop

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Nov 162017
 

The Orange Conservation Commission announces once again the Animal Control Officer from Milford Animal Control will be stepped-up enforcement activity in Orange’s Open Spaces.

Cindy Ruggeri, Chairperson of the Orange Conservation Commission, wants to remind the public using Orange’s Open spaces that there are Local Ordinances requiring that owners of dogs must have their animals leashed and that solid waste left by their dog must be removed by the owner.

“There are an increasing number instances in our Open Spaces where unleashed dogs are running loose and frightening other users,” Ruggeri said. “This combined with owners failing to clean up after their dogs is detrimental to other people trying to enjoy our beautiful open spaces.”

The stepped-up enforcement activity will include random visits to Orange’s Open Spaces (Wepawaug Conservation Area, Ewen Farm Preserve, Turkey Hill Preserve, Wright’s Pond/Wepawaug Bend, Racebrook Tract, Fred Wolfe Park and Housatonic Overlook and Tucker’s Ridge) by the Animal Control Officer from Milford.

The Officer will cite anyone who violates the Local Ordinances. Such violators “shall be subject to arrest and prosecution and may be fined an amount not to exceed $100 for each violation.”

Users of the Orange Open Spaces are asked to call the Animal Control Officer at 203-783- 3279 to report dogs off-leash or owners failing to clean up after their dogs.

It is hoped that with the Public’s help and increased enforcement, the Open Spaces will once again be enjoyable places to hike for all users.

Conservation Commission Announces New Bike Rules for Racebrook Tract

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Nov 192016
 

no-bicycles-symbol-sign-k-7316After much deliberation, the Orange Conservation Commission (OCC) has decided to restrict bicycle riding on the trails at the Racebrook Tract from December 1 to May 1 each year.  This will allow the unauthorized trails that have sprung up throughout the area to re-establish new growth and return to their natural condition.

Effective December 1, 2016 Racebrook Tract will be closed to all bicycle riding. When it re-opens on May 1, 2017, the OCC reminds users that bike riding is only permitted on OCC-designated trails. Unauthorized trails have caused erosion, destroyed sprouting undergrowth, and harmed the overall beauty of this piece of Orange Town Property. It is the hope of the OCC that this closure, along with more thoughtful use of the area in the future, will allow this valuable piece of Open Space to recover.

The OCC ask all users of Racebrook Tract, as well as other Town Open Spaces, to continue to be good stewards of these beautiful pieces of land by staying on OCC-designated trails, picking up litter, cleaning up after your dogs, and notifying the OCC of fallen trees or other trail obstructions. Please contact us at 203-891-4768, see us on Facebook –Orange Conservation Commission or contact any member of the Commission with your observations or concerns.

Orange Lions Help Improve Local Hiking Trails

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Sep 292016
 

racebrook tractResidents and visitors who frequent the Racebrook Tract hiking trails may notice recent improvements.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, members of the Conservation Commission, Boy Scouts and Orange Lions cleaned up the trails and marked trees on the trails.

 

 

Conservation Commission Hosts Racebrook Tract Hike Today

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Jun 042016
 

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 10.56.48 AMOn Saturday June 4th, the Orange and Woodbridge Conservation Commissions will celebrate “Connecticut Trails Day” by jointly hosting a hike at the Racebrook Tract in Orange (The Racebrook Tract parking area is located on-site off Racebrook Road.)

All members of the community are invited to attend this fun outdoor event via a free guided walking tour.

The event will be supervised by members of the Conservation Commissions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and there will be a 1-hour- guided hike starting at 10:30 a.m.

The Racebrook Tract encompasses nearly 400 acres of open space in the towns of Woodbridge and Orange and provides pristine near-wilderness exploration and passive recreation to all who visit it. The Tract was purchased from two farmers in the early 1900s by the New Haven Water Company, and the stone walls crisscrossing the Tract are the original farm fences. Under the direction of the Yale School of Forestry, the Tract was one of the first professionally managed forests in the country, and because periodic timber harvests were conducted by the water authority, the forest is delightfully open today.

Two relatively level and circuitous trails start in Orange and cross into Woodbridge. The longer trail is just over 2.5 miles. The trails pass through expanses of mixed hardwoods and impressive stands of 100-year- old white pines. Just off the parking lot, there is a handicap-accessible boardwalk going through some interesting wetlands.

Because of its large size, the Tract contains a wide variety of natural habitats and wildlife. Streambelts, forests, wetlands, meadows, and brush make the area attractive to a variety of animals and songbirds. Many species of reptiles and amphibians inhabit the Tract along with avian predators such as the great horned owl.

The Orange and Woodbridge Conservation Commissions were formed to advise their Board of Selectmen on the preservation, development, and conservation of natural resources, including water resources, within the Towns of Orange and Woodbridge,  respectively.

The joint OCC-WCC Racebrook Tract Walk offers an opportunity to take a guided tour of this beautiful open space, meet with your neighbors, and enjoy a lovely New England spring day in the woods. All members of the community are invited to attend this fun outdoor event. Children are encouraged, and comfortable and sturdy shoes and clothing are recommended. Walkers are encouraged to bring water, and refreshments will be served at the end of the hike. Steady rain and/or lightning will cancel. Drizzle will not.

Sunday, June 5 is the rain date.

Visit the Orange Conservation Website for additional info or contact: Dan Lynch, Orange Park & Recreation: 203-891- 4790.

Originally Published on: May 13, 2016 @ 10:59

Hey Kids: Have You Heard About The Trail Exploration Backpacks?

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Jan 112016
 

Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 6.04.22 PMThe Orange Conservation Commission has initiated a program to help young children get in touch with nature by making available “Trail Exploration Backpacks” for children to check out from their school or town libraries.

The backpacks are free and can be checked out for up to two weeks from the libraries. The backpacks can be used by children to explore the many trails in Orange’s Open Spaces.

Each backpack contains both fun and informative items: Orange trail maps, CT information guides for wildlife, plants, trees and birds, several environmental-based reading books for children, hands-on bug catchers, butterfly nets, magnifying lens and more.

Check out a backpack and explore the beautiful Turkey Hill Preserve, Housatonic Overlook, Wepawaug Trails, Racebrook Tract, Wolfe Park, Paul Ode Trail and Ewen Preserve. Funding for the backpacks was provided by The Orange Community Women’s Club, Orange Rotary Club and the Orange Lion’s Club.

The Orange Conservation Commission currently maintains more than 950 acres of open space in the Town of Orange and any help provided by the public is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering, visit the OCC website:

 

Conservation Commission Hosts Ct Trail Days Hike June 6

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Jun 032015
 

Racebrook Tract — Orange and Woodbridge

Racebrook Tract — Orange and Woodbridge

The Orange and Woodbridge Conservation Commissions will celebrate “Connecticut Trails Day” by jointly hosting a hike in the Racebrook Tract between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

All are invited to enjoy this scenic hiking area via a free guided walking tour.

Families, children and dogs are welcome, and comfortable shoes and clothes are recommended.

There will be a guided walk leaving at 10:30 pm. BYO water and refreshments, and all dogs must be leashed.

Steady rain or lightning cancels, with Sunday June 7 as the rain date.

For more information, contact: Dan Lynch, Orange Park & Recreation: 203-891-4790.

Visit the Orange Conservation Website for additional information.