What's New - The Conservation Press

Click on a link below to see recent activities of the commission.

  • Preserving Plum Island for Future Generations. Ridgefield Library.  Monday, May 22. 6:30-8PM.

Join us for a presentation on Plum Island, home to over 200 resident and migratory bird species, about a quarter of all birds known in the U.S., 57 of which are listed as in urgent need of conservation. Learn how you can help preserve this incredible public resource from the threat of development.

Chris Cryder, SPlum Island Aerialpecial Projects Coordinator for Save the Sound and the outreach coordinator for the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, will present a short film produced for PBS, “Conservation of a Precious Island” starring Sam Waterston as well as the latest efforts to protect the island. Located in eastern Long Island Sound, the island has been home to the nation’s foreign animal disease center, which is now relocating.  The island has also served as a de facto wildlife refuge for the last 60 years and is home to several endangered species and unique habitats. Now, Plum Island is slated to be sold by the federal government to the highest bidder. Many organizations would rather see the amazing island conserved and are fighting to save it.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Conservation Commission, Woodcock Nature Center and the Norwalk River Watershed Association, which is hosting the talk for its annual meeting.  All are welcome! Please register at RidgefieldLibrary.org.

  • 2015 Open Space Map

A townwide map showing all open space was updated in December 2015 and a 22x30 inch print is available for purchase in the Conservation Commission office, Town Hall, and Books on Common. Click to view the Open Space Map

  • The New 2016 Ridgefield Walk Book – Available Now!

Ridgefield Walk Book FrontThe popular Ridgefield Walk Book is your best guide to the many walking trails throughout the town’s open spaces. It has now been updated for 2016 and is in color such that the many trail maps are easier to read. It will be available at the Conservation Commission office in the Town Hall Annex and at several locations around town (e.g., Books on the Common, Squashs). Proceeds from the sale of this book will be added to the Conservation Commission’s Open Space Conservation Fund for the purchase of open space land in Ridgefield.


  • Conservation Ranger Program - Sign Up Now!

 The commission has been working on habitat preservation and open space acquisition since its inception and has a trail maintenance and development program aided by Rangers who watch over the properties under our custody. We could not meet our mandate without the devoted work of our rangers. Read this and see how you can become a Conservation Commission Ranger.