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Yale Study of the Shepaug River Preserves

During the 2005 fall semester, four graduate students of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies evaluated 600 acres of Roxbury Land Trust preserves bordering the Shepaug River. The students presented a comprehensive management plan for the river corridor preserves, including the River Road Preserve, Erbacher Preserve, Orzech Family Preserve and Golden Harvest Preserve. As part of their extensive fieldwork and research, they also conducted a community survey (250 randomly selected households; 24% response rate).

Survey respondents were overwhelmingly supportive of farmland preservation as a number one priority of the Land Trust. 78% of survey respondents use the preserves for walking or hiking.

The Board is evaluating and prioritizing recommendations that will include a trail signage program, habitat enhancement, stream buffer, soil management and invasives removal on the four preserves along the Shepaug River.

A copy of the Management Plan for the Shepaug River Preserves is available at the Minor Memorial Library, or you can download a PDF of the report (198 pages).

If you don't have the Adobe Acrobat reader, which allows you to view a PDF file,
you can download it, free.


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