New nature trail to be opened in Southington Sunday

Published on Friday, 20 October 2017 22:10
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

STAFF WRITER

SOUTHINGTON - Officials and members of the Southington Land Trust will gather on Wedgewood Road Sunday to cut the ribbon on the town’s newest nature trail.

The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the Wedgewood Wildlife Nature Trail, 258 Wedgewood St. Town Council members and local legislators have been invited to attend and speak.

The land that makes up the 0.6-mile trail was acquired by the trust in 2007. Over the last 10 years, it was cleared and shaped into the trail that can be found there today.

Three Eagle Scout projects are responsible for creation of the trail’s informational kiosk and two bridges over wet areas.

Val Guarino of the Southington Land Trust said that there are also two side trails, white and yellow, connected to the main, orange trail.

Wildlife found on the trail includes bats, deer, foxes, box turtles and turkeys. It is also home to 20 tree species.

“We had UConn foresters in here and they were pretty excited at the number of different trees we have here,” said the land trust’s Al Fiorillo. “The same goes for any other ecologist who has visited.”

Fiorillo said that the land trust would soon be notifying local schools about the trail’s availability for class visits.

The new trail will also be attractive to enthusiasts of a relatively new hobby called geocaching.

“This is a popular trend where people can download an app and then use it to lead them to these caches, which are usually left inside trees,” said Fiorillo. “They typically contain trinkets, such as an Army man toy or an eraser. People are then able to use the app to leave logs with comments, such as how easy the cache was to find, and leave their name and the date they found it. These comments will then be emailed over to us.”

The Wedgewood Wildlife Nature Trail will be open from sunrise to sunset. Visitors must stay on marked trails, which are designated for foot traffic only. They are also told to leave nothing but their footprints behind, not to bring pets and not to cut any living plants.

Visitors are also asked to be respectful of the neighbors.

For more information on the Southington Land Trust, visit southingtonlandtrust.org.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, Southington Herald on Friday, 20 October 2017 22:10. Updated: Friday, 20 October 2017 22:12.