Canton Land Conservation Trust
The Mission of the Canton Land Conservation Trust is to acquire, preserve, and protect land of scenic, natural or historic value within the Town of Canton; to maintain this land and its plant and animal life using the best conservation, wildlife habitat, and forestry practices available; and to promote public awareness, understanding, and enjoyment of the land.
NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
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Upcoming Events:

Witness the Wonders of Bird Migration - Saturday Sep. 14 - Raptor Demo and Bird Watch!

Roaring Brook Nature Center and the Canton Land Conservation Trust will sponsor a migration/raptor event featuring live birds of prey from Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Eduction of Ashford on Saturday September 14 at Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Rd.

Join Nature Center staff in the fields of Werner's Woods from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to watch for migrant raptors and other animals at the height of the fall migration.

At 2:30 p.m. Mary-Beth Kaeser of Horizon Wings will present a 45-minute raptor program in the Nature Center auditorium featuring falcons, owls and eagles.

The program is free to Land Trust and Nature Center members. Admission to others is $6 for children and $8 for adults. For additional information call the Nature Center at 860.693.0263.

 

History Hike at Barbour Woods - Sunday Sep. 15

Join the Land Trust for a 1:30 pm. hike focusing on the history of Barbour Woods.

Meet at Capen Cabin. Land Trust Director Nate Cantwell will lead hikers on this approximately 2-hour hike. The hike will be fairly easy, except for a more difficult last section.

Wear insect protection and sturdy shoes, and please leave dogs at home. In case of questionable weather, check here for possible cancellation.

Directions: Take Barbourtown Road north to Breezy Hill Road. Bear left onto Breezy Hill Road. Proceed to the top of the hill where the pavement ends, park along the road and make your way up the hill.

 

Canton Public Library Program - Recycling 101 - Tuesday Sep. 24th at 6:30 p.m.

Have you even been unsure about whether a particular item should go into the trash or into the recycling bin? The Canton Public Library will be offering this program, which may be of interest to the CLCT community. Sherrill Baldwin of Connecticut's DEEP will offer a presentation with handouts and will answer questions about recycling. A representative from Canton's Department of Public Works will also be on hand. It will be an opportunity to learn more about recycling and how to do it most effectively.

 

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Archaeology at the Mary Conklin Sanctuary

In October 2017 we explored the foundation of a former barn once used as part of the Town of Canton's poor farm.  Pictures of that activity now appear in our  Photo Gallery.


New England Cottontail Cut Completed at Sun, Wind and Woodland

The forestry work has been completed and we have now reopened the Sun, Wind and Woodland Preserve to the public. The cut was intentionally left "messy" with brush piles and slash left behind to provide cover for small mammals and to protect tree seedlings by discouraging deer browse. We look forward to seeing the cut rapidly change as it develops into the brushland habitat needed by New England Cottontails and many species of birds.

While the area is no longer closed, we urge people to stay out of the newly cut area. Please feel free to use the Sun, Wind, and Woodland On the eastern edge of the project, and the unmarked trail on the southwest border of the project. In addition to brush piles which might not be stable, the project deliberately leaves slash on the ground throughout the cut area. This material helps prevent erosion, encourages regrowth, and discourages deer from browsing on the new growth. It is deliberately difficult to walk through, so we urge people to stick to the trails.

For more information and pictures of the forestry work please visit our  Photo Gallery