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Town Participating In National Public Lands Day

September 17, 2013 by Special To The ...

Cheshire is participating in the 20-year anniversary of National Public Lands Day with a public land cleanup of the town owned DeDominicis open space property.
This property cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is hosted by the Cheshire Environment Commission. Volunteers will be working alongside commission members and staff to help restore the forest by removing the non-native invasive shrub species, barberry. This shrub species is detrimental to forest ecosystems by reducing biodiversity and preventing the growth of native plant species which native animal and insect species depend on for food and habitat. Tools and instruction will be provided. Please bring heavy work gloves and dress for outdoor activity. The event will be held in light rain, but will be cancelled in heavy rain. Volunteers will meet at the Old Lane Road trailhead kiosk on Old Lane Road, approximately 6/10ths of a mile from the intersection with Route 10. Please contact Suzanne Simone, Town of Cheshire environmental planner, at 271-6670 or ssimone@cheshirect.org to register and obtain more information.
The 201-acre DeDominicis property is an integral parcel in the town’s eastern greenbelt. The property’s topography is varied with some moderately steep elevations alternating with shallow wetlands and streams. Home to a large contiguous stand of coniferous forest, the varied, pleasant terrain provides an excellent opportunity for hiking and horseback riding, in addition to habitat for a variety of insect, bird and animal species.
Please join the over 170,000 volunteers that are expected to help beautify and preserve 2,100 sites across the country during National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States.

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