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Orange Conservation Commission Asking For Photos

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Sep 042021
 

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 2021 Orange Country Fair – showcasing our favorites for all to see. Send pictures to orangeconscomm@gmail.com by Tuesday, September 14, then come by to see us at the Fair, Sept 18-19.

Fall In Love With The Great Outdoors On June 5

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May 202021
 

The Orange Conservation Commission will host a hike at The Ewen Preserve on Saturday, June 5 starting at 10:00 a.m.

Hikers will meet at the trailhead at 648 St. John’s Dr. in Orange.

This hike will be part of Connecticut Trails Day where hosted hikes are being held throughout
Connecticut on the same day.

Trails Day is a two-day national event on the first weekend in June every year. It is a great time to pay tribute to all the wonderful trails our country has to offer.

Trails and open spaces have become the places to escape to and enjoy when we need fresh air, a place to be inspired and to connect with our natural world.

Travis Ewen, who grew up on this land, will lead the hike.

Highlights included a new walkway over wet sections and work done to restore fish movement on the Indian River, which flows through the Ewen Preserve. Heavy rain will cancel this event.

Wear long pants and bring tick spray and water.

LETTER: OCC — Vote Yes On Feb. 16

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Feb 062021
 

To The Editor:

The Orange Conservation Commission strongly encourages Orange Voters to vote “Yes” on the February 16 referendum to authorize the Town’s acquisition of the Racebrook Country Club (RCC).

The purchase of the RCC will preserve the Town’s control over the future use of the 287 acres property and prevent RCC from selling land to developers to resolve their current financial crisis. This purchase will maintain the open space and the Town’s character that we all have come to love about Orange.

See you at the Polls on February 16 and remember – Vote Yes!

The Orange Conservation Commission

A Reminder of Bike Rules For the Racebrook Tract

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Jan 082021
 

The Orange Conservation Commission (OCC) decided in 2016 to restrict bicycle riding on the trails at the Racebrook Tract from November 1 to May 1 of 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.

As a reminder, Racebrook Tract is currently closed to all bicycle riding. When it re-opens on May 1, 2021, 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 asks everyone who uses the 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 see us on Facebook – Orange Conservation Commission, leave a voice mail at 203-891-4768, or contact any member of the Commission with your observations or concerns.

Meet The Birds of Orange

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Mar 042020
 

Provided by OCC

The Orange Conservation Commission (OCC) is hosting a Bird Walk at 7:30 a.m. at the Turkey Hill Preserve in Orange (GPS Address: 700 Derby- Milford Road, Orange) on May 30, 2020 (Rain Date: June 6, 2020).

Frank Gallo, a leading expert on where to find birds in Connecticut, will lead the walk. Frank is a tour leader for Sunrise Birding, LLC, an international birding tour company.

He 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, is a guide to where, when, and how to find birds in the state.. 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 4 years.

The Orange Conservation Commission can be found on Facebook and online at https://www.orangectconservationcommission.com or https://www.orange-ct.gov/441/Conservation-Commission .

Conservation Commission Welcomes New Avian Neighbors

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Jan 142020
 

The Orange Conservation Commission will be constructing an array of Purple Martin Nesting Gourds this Spring at the Ewen Preserve (GPS Address: approx.. 648 St John’s Drive, in Orange).

The OCC hopes to establish a colony of Purple Martins here to provide viewing opportunities to our residents and to help control the population of disease-carrying mosquitos here in Orange.

Purple Martins Love mosquitoes!

To learn more about these fascinating birds, the OCC will be hosting a program that highlights the life and times of Purple Martins on February 13th at 7:00 pm at the High Plains Community Center Cafeteria.

John Picard will discuss the many aspects of becoming a Purple Martin Landlord, including housing location, housing selection, the importance of monitoring, protection from predators, protection from nest parasites and the never-ending battle of invasive species and their effect upon the Purple Martins.

John has managed a network of nest boxes for more than 20 years, more recently John has been assisting with the Purple Martin Colony at Hammonasset Beach State Park. John is a member of the Board of Directors for the Menunkatuck Audubon Society.

 

OCC Hosts Trail Maintenance Day At Housatonic Overlook

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Nov 122019
 

A view from the Housatonic Overlook (Orange’s waterfront property).

The Orange Conservation Commission (OCC) is hosting a “trail maintenance day” at the Housatonic Overlook and Tucker’s Ridge Open Space located at 672 High Ridge Road in Orange on Saturday, November 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Participants are encouraged to wear work gloves and warm footwear and welcomed to bring rakes, small pruning tools, etc. We will be clearing branches and debris from trails and picking up trash.

Saturday is predicted to be a cold 38 degrees, so dress appropriately.

The OCC will provide water and trash bags. It will be canceled in the event of rain.

This is a fun way to learn about the trail! Please come out and help maintain Orange’s beautiful open spaces!

Spring Maintenance Day At The Racebrook Tract

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May 032019
 

The Orange Conservation Commission has scheduled a Spring Maintenance Day for Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Racebrook Tract, 839 Racebrook Road, Orange.

Participants are encouraged to bring work gloves, rakes, small pruning tools, etc.

You will be clearing branches and debris from the trails and picking up trash as well as cleaning up the entrance to the area.

The Conservation Commission will provide water.

Conservation Commission Hosts Owl Prowl on Oct. 20

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Oct 202017
 

Don’t forget that tonight’s the night Friday, Oct. 20 (if you pre-registered) to join the Orange Conservation Commission under the stars for the annual Owl Prowl at the Ewen Farm Preserve at 7 p.m.

There will be a brief introduction about Owls lead by Frank Gallo followed by a guided walk. This
Preserve has an identified area that is known for a variety of Owls which we will walk around on the
tour. We want to give you the experience of seeing and/or hearing wild owls. Species that are most

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 also are possible.

DRESS WARMLY in 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

Again, there are a limited amount of spots for this exclusive event so it will be based on first come first serve basis.

Also, please dress appropriately based on weather.

Parking for the Ewen Farm Preserve is on GPS 648 St Johns Drive, Orange

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Conservation Commission Hosts Trail Maintenance Day at Housatonic Overlook

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Oct 062017
 

The Orange Conservation Commission (OCC) is hosting a “trail maintenance day” at the Housatonic Overlook and Tucker’s Ridge Open Space, 672 High Ridge Road, Orange this Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 am to Noon.

Volunteers are asked to gather at the High Ridge Road entrance at 9:00 am. We will be clearing trails of debris,

We will be clearing trails of debris, branches, and trash as well as marking some of the trails. Please bring gloves, light tools such as pruning shears and rakes, water and wear comfortable “trail-worthy” shoes.

This is a great opportunity to meet your Orange neighbors and to spruce up one of Orange’s prize Open Space parcels.