June 25, 2022

Trust for Public Land Offers Rare Opportunity to Hike ‘The Preserve’ Today

Photo by Bob Lorenz.  Kate Brown of the TPL speaking to a group of hikers participating in the Nov. 16 Preserve hike.

Photo by Bob Lorenz. Kate Brown of the TPL speaking to a group of hikers participating in the Nov. 16 Preserve hike.

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) offers two more public hikes in the 1,000 acre ‘Preserve’ today, Saturday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m. and noon.  The public is not usually allowed access to the privately-owned 1,000 acre forest, so take advantage of this opportunity to see the property for the first time, or discover something new in the ever changing woods.

The hikes scheduled for December were cancelled due to the weather.

The TPL reached a purchase agreement with current owners, River Sound Development, LLC, and is working to realize that purchase by June, 2014.  While the TPL secures funding sources for the purchase, they have planned public hikes to share the experience of this last, large uninterrupted tract of coastal forest located between New York and Boston.

Dress for the day’s weather and a walk on wide, sometimes rocky, and possibly snow-covered trails.

Hikers will meet at the M&J Bus lot, 130 Ingham Hill Rd., Old Saybrook (across from Pasta Vita) to catch the shuttle due to limited parking at the trailhead.  There is no charge for this event.

Members of the TPL, Old Saybrook Land Trust, Essex Land Trust, Connecticut Fund for the Environment, and naturalists lead the 90-minute hikes.

In case of inclement weather, the hikes will take place Sunday, Jan. 12.

For information or to RSVP, contact Kate Brown, TPL Project Manager, 203-777-7367 ext. 5 or kate.brown@tpl.org, or visit oslt.org.