What's New - The Conservation Press

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  • The Bees are Coming, The Bees are Comining!

Honeybees are coming to McKeon’s Arigideen Farm in spring 2018.

What’s “Arigideen”? That is the old Irish name that thBee Hivee McKeons used for the farm decades ago and we are reviving its usage just as we are reviving the use of the farm.

We now have a variety of larger mammals at the farm including cattle, sheep, goats, and Hercules the llama. Now we are planning to incorporate animals at the smaller end of the size spectrum. Henny Penny Farm, who the Conservation Commission collaborates with at the farm, will be managing four hives of bees to allow a significant bee population to work the orchard and fields of pasture flowers and woodlands throughout the year.  This will allow this important part of the ecosystem to have support and monitoring. There will also be an observation hive placed at Henny Penny Farm for people to come see more closely how the bees work and talk with one of the farmers about their bees.

This 11x17 map shows the largest area of contiguous open space in Ridgefield.  The total acreage of the Pine Mountain,Hemlock Hills/Lake Windwing, Bennett's Pond State Park, and Pierrepont State Park is about 1,600 acres, and is now possible to traverse them all with only two road crossings.  The map is available in the Conservation Commission office.

  • 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.