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Monday, July 9, 2018

Prospect Land Trust & Cub Scout Pack 27 Hike Sunday, July 8th


What a great way to spend Sunday afternoon with Cub Scout Pack 27. With the heat wave lifted and the humidity at a low the woods were enjoyable and ready for exploring. After hearing a little background information about Kathan Woods and reviewing the trail map at the Kiosk, the group headed out to hike the Yellow and Blue loop trails. The 2.5-mile hike featured old stone walls, rocky outcrops and a brook where little tiny fish were noted. Along the way different trees were identified and the Cubs saw up-close the damage done by the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle to the Ash trees. Native wildflowers; Indian pipe, Partridgeberry and Spotted wintergreen as well as many examples of Boletus edulis mushrooms were seen. Evidence of the Green elfcup mushroom were present as seen in the blue/green staining found on pieces of wood along the trail.  The group also stumbled upon what appeared to be a piece a vertebrae form an animal which was happily passed around for closer inspection.  Finally, a hike would not be complete without seeing a toad.  The hike was lead by Lisa SanSoucie from the Prospect Land Trust and Christine Sedita, Den Leader.


Interested in joining the Prospect Land Trust the cost is; Individual $20, Family $25, Corporation $30 and a Life Time Membership is $300. For a quick and easy way to make a donation and pay membership dues visit us on-line and simply hit the donation button. If you would like to send PLT a check you can mail it with your instructions to Prospect Land Trust, P.O. Box 7375, Prospect, CT 06712. Don’t forget to give us your contact info: Name, Address, email and phone.

The Prospect Land Trust also has a scholarship fund for you to contribute to. Your contribution would be assisting a future environmental scientists.

Remember Your tax-deductible contribution to PLT will help preserve Prospect’s open spaces like The Woods and make a difference in the lives of many for years to come. THANK YOU!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Cub Scout Pack 27 of Prospect / Hike Event

Cub Scout Pack 27 of Prospect / Hike Event
Hosted by the Prospect Land Trust


Sunday, July 8th at 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: 
Prospect Land Trust's Kathan Woods meet at the trail-head located at the end of Boardman Drive cul-de-sac

Leaders: 
Lisa SanSoucie Prospect Land Trust 
Christine Sedita Den Leader



The Cubs with their families will be exploring the Yellow and Blue hiking trails at the Woods which feature old stone walls, rocky outcrops and a brook. Along the way they will be looking for signs of insect and animal life, identify different trees and plants, and seeing what the trails have to offer.  Depending on weather conditions, there could be some muddy (buggy) areas. Wear appropriate footwear and bring water.


Mist/Light Rain okay, Heavy Rain cancels. Contact: Lisa SanSoucie PLT Member 203-758-3646 PLTPCT@aol.com and Christine Sedita Den Leader csedita84@gmail.com
Meet at the end of Boardman Dr. cul-de-sac which is off Plank Road, Prospect. Plank Road is off Route 68, nearly 1 mile west of the Route 68 and Route 70 junction. You can also see Google Maps for directions. Street parking is available. Please do not block driveways or mailboxes.


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Friday, June 8, 2018

Excellent Hike with Excellent People! The Regional Water Authority with guest host Prospect Land Trust


Hikers enjoyed a 5.8-mile hike on Sunday, June 3rd. This hike actually consisted of 3 sections. Starting point was at the small parking area located on Rt. 42 in Bethany. First stop was the Quinnipiac Blue Trail. The hikers headed out in the direction of the beautiful Roaring Brook Falls in Cheshire, Ct. After a quick water break and picture stop the group headed out once again along the blue trail until it reached its’ second destination. Guided by pink surveyors tape hikers made their way along what is hoped to be a future extension of this wonderful trail system. It brought them through a section of RWA property which is normally not open to the public. The final stretch was to the Prospect Land Trust Kathan Woods property in Prospect, Ct. Kathan Woods currently has 2 trail systems and is open yearly to the public. It is hoped that this property will connect into the Quinnipiac Blue Trail in the future and become part of a trail system that is well know and traveled by many.

Hike Leader John Triana not only lead the group along the trail but also continually stopped for points of interest. Unusual plants for this area like the wild Red elderberry and Peacock fern were identified. What’s a watershed and why it is important was discussed. The importance of forest management and the effects of the Emerald ash bore beetle to mention a few. 

To see more photos from the day and follow us on facebook
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Regional Water Authority info. for recreation permits
https://www.rwater.com/products-services/recreation

PLT description of Kathan Woods
 http://pltproperties.blogspot.com/

Quinnipiac Blue Trails & interactive map
https://www.ctwoodlands.org/blue-blazed-hiking-trails/quinnipiac-trail

CLT description of Roaring Brook Falls
http://www.cheshirelandtrust.org/roaring-brook.htm

#CTTrailsDay2018

Trails Day Family Fun with Prospect Land Trust


Amy, Seth and Zach Volovski of Prospect making Nature Journals  

Trails Days with Prospect Land Trust Family Fun Hike was just that! Everyone enjoyed exploring the Yellow Loop Trail at The Woods in Prospect. The group did detour up to the Bluff Head to take in the view along the Blue Trail. Stopped for a photo shoot of Pink Lady Slippers in bloom, was visited my Mr. Toad and got to see Jack-in-the-pulpit. To record our findings and to bring along on future hikes Nature Journals were made and even some where brought home for cousins.


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Brownie Troop 63203 / Hiker Badge Event


On Friday May 25th Girl Scouts from Brownie Troop 63203 earned their Trail Hiking Badge. The Troop met at Kathan Woods and explored the Yellow Loop Trail. A brief history of Kathan Woods started the event along with covering basic map skills, trail blaze reading, safety and “Leave No Trace”. Everyone received a map of the trail and a safety whistle provided by the Prospect Land Trust.

Once out on the Yellow Trail they had many sightings of Toads, learned about some of the different types of trees and saw up-close the damage done by the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle to the Ash trees located in The Woods. They learned about the 100-year flood plain which is now full of very large Skunk Cabbage plants. A question asked by the Troop “Why are they are called Skunk Cabbage?”, was quickly realized when they were given the opportunity to take a smell of a ripped leaf.

Many in the Troop were very excited about The Woods and hope to come back to continue their exploration and hike the Blue Trail Loop next.  The event was lead by Lisa SanSoucie from the Prospect Land Trust, Scout Leaders Stephanie Way and Colleen O’Hanlon.

If you would like more information about the Prospect Land Trust you can find us on facebook, visit the PLT web page at prospectlandtrust.blogspot.com or drop us a line at PLTPCT@aol.com

Interested in joining the Prospect Land Trust the cost is; Individual $20, Family $25, Corporation $30 and a Life Time Membership is $300. For a quick and easy way to make a donation and pay membership dues visit us on-line and simply hit the donation button. If you would like to send PLT a check you can mail it with your instructions to Prospect Land Trust, P.O. Box 7375, Prospect, CT 06712. Don’t forget to give us your contact info: Name, Address, email and phone.

The Prospect Land Trust also has a scholarship fund for you to contribute to. Your contribution would be assisting a future environmental scientists. Who knows it could be one of the girls in Brownie Troop 63203, you just never know what the future will hold.

Remember Your tax-deductible contribution to PLT will help preserve Prospect’s open spaces like The Woods and make a difference in the lives of many for years to come. THANK YOU!