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Orange Conservation Commission Announces Spring Activities

The Orange Conservation Commission (OCC) announced several events to celebrate Spring and encourage residents to get outdoors.

First up is Earth Day which will be celebrated on April 22nd.  The OCC encourages residents to hit the trails of Orange’s open space.  Trail maps can be found in “A Guide to the Open Spaces of Orange, Connecticut” which is a full-color reference for maximum enjoyment of the town’s 1,000 acres of public open space.  It provides useful information including trail maps, brief descriptions of each site, facilities, hours, even GPS addresses for the parking areas.  The 18 by 24 guide folds into a convenient pocket-sized tool.  It features a town map indicating the locations of all of the passive and active open spaces, and charts showing available and permitted uses at each site.  Copies are available at the Orange Parks and Recreation office or by visiting the OCC Web Site at http://www.orangectconservationcommission.com.

Next up is the OCC’s Spring Bird Walk.  This walk is going to be guided by Mr. Frank Gallo, a Connecticut bird expert, and will be held on Saturday, April 27th at 7:30 am at the Wepawaug Conservation Area (GPS Address:  842 Mapledale Road, Orange, CT) and will last no longer than two hours.  If there is rain, a rain date of April 28th has been scheduled.  If people wish to be notified of a change in date, they may pre-register with the OCC by sending an email to:  orangeconscomm@gmail.com.  The Spring Bird Walk is made possible by a grant from the Orange Garden Club.

Want to help?  The OCC has scheduled a Spring Maintenance Day for May 4th from 10am to Noon at the Racebrook Tract (GPS Address:  839 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT).  Participants are encouraged to bring work gloves, rakes, small pruning tools, etc.  We will be clearing branches and debris from the trails and picking up trash as well as cleaning up the entrance to the area.  The OCC will provide water.

Last but not least, the OCC will be participating in Connecticut Trails Day on June 1st (rain date June 2nd) by hosting a guided walk at the Ewen Preserve at 10 am (GPS Address:  648 St John’s Drive, Orange, CT).  There will be similar trail events being held throughout Connecticut on June 1st.

So shake off the winter chills and get outside to participate and mark your calendars to enjoy these activities set up by the OCC.

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