In keeping with the Holiday Hike theme, the next hike will take place on Presidents’ Day at 1 pm. We will meet at the John Read Middle School parking lot and aim for a 2.5-3 mile hike.
If there’s snow on the ground, please bring snow shoes, wear yak tracks or other footwear that will protect your feet and keep you from slipping. Poles are also recommended. Due to the growing number of hikers on our hiking series, we ask that dogs be kept on a short leash for the duration of these hikes. Active snow or rain or bitter temperatures cancel.
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An intrepid team of cub scouts from Den 3, Pack 118, led by Carl Ericson spent several hours on Saturday, February 9 clearing trash and debris from the Redding Land Trust parcel that includes the Dan Beard Trail.
“Our thanks go out to Carl and Pack 118. Volunteers play such an important part in preserving our open spaces around Redding,” said Bruce Given, RLT Trustee. “From trail tenders to scouts, to hikers who pick up after others, we rely on their willingness to help.”
The trail, which the pack plans to adopt, is named after one-time Redding resident Dan Beard, illustrator of several Mark Twain books and founder of the Sons of Daniel Boone, which later merged with the Boy Scouts of America.. . .
Holiday Hikes a Hit
Starting with a hike on the day after Thanksgiving, the Redding Land Trust launched a series of holiday hikes to encourage town residents to explore some of the Land Trust’s many hiking trails.
First Annual Turkey Waddle
About 15 hikers joined for a hike along Jean’s trail from the Stormfield Racoon Way trail through to Wayside Lane and back along the link trail. With the recent wet weather, some of the stream crossings proved challenging, but it was a fun way to burn off some holiday calories and meet new hikers interested in exploring Redding’s Open spaces.
On December 26, a group met at the Redding Roadhouse parking lot, then carpooled to the beautiful Brinckerhoff Preserve, where the group experienced the full range of Redding’s terrain – from meadows, to wetlands, to rocky outcropping and a lovely small waterfall that usually only appears in the spring. The 2-hour loop hike brought about a dozen hikers together who enjoyed the chance to stretch their legs and have a cold beverage at the Roadhouse afterward. Many thanks to the Roadhouse for their hospitality.
Starting the New Year with a Hike
A last minute decision to hold a New Year’s Day Hike at Rock Lot and Scott Preserve drew a record number of hikers, with 26 enthusiastic folks joining us for a 3.75 mile hike along the Joan’s trail. The initial uphill climb got hearts pumping – and some of the more adventurous group followed the white trail up even further along a rocky outcropping that extended the hike to nearly 4 miles. Others took the easier blue cutoff and saved their energy for the remainder of the hike. There were a few tricky wet areas, but even our youngest hikers were able to navigate and make the trip with no complaints.
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At the end of 2018, the Redding Land Trust finalized arrangements with the owners of 110 Mountain Road to establish a conservation easement which protects more than 24 acres of open space, forest and wetlands areas and provides a wildlife corridor between the RLT’s Mountain Laurel Road property and town open space to the south. Because this is an easement, not an outright donation, there is no public access to this property.
This is the first easement established by the RLT under the Connecticut Land Conservation Council’s model conservation easement template, protecting the property’s conservation values and complying with IRS guidelines. The guidelines were first established in 2014 and revised in 2016.
“We are extremely grateful to Aaron Charney and Benjamin Hanani for this easement,” said Redding Land Trust Co-President Gordon Loery, who together with Co-President Silvia Erskine, led the easement process. “This is a generous donation and offers significant value to Redding and to the Land Trust’s conservation mission, preserving these wetlands and woodlands in perpetuity.”
If you are interested in establishing an easement or donating a property, please contact RLT Co-president Gordon Loery or Silvia Erskine no later than September 1 to ensure a smooth process that is completed in a timely manner.
Meet up with the Redding Land Trust for a holiday hike on Wednesday, December 26th. We’ll meet at the Redding Roadhouse at 1 p.m. — please park in the back of their parking lot so we don’t disturb their customers. Then we’ll carpool over to the Brinckerhoff Preserve (there is very limited parking near the preserve).
This easy-to-moderate three-mile loop is a great hike for the whole family! After the hike, at about 3 p.m., we’ll head back to the Redding Roadhouse for a little get-together of fellow hikers and Redding Land Trust friends.