Celebrate National Public Lands Day
September 30th, 10AM-1PM
Help Maintain the Hiking Trail and Restore Wildlife Habitat Along the Future Norwalk River Valley Trail In Ridgefield
Volunteers will restore the hiking trail at the site of the next section of Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) in Ridgefield, by clearing debris and invasive plants. The NRVT steering committee will be on hand to answer questions about its goal of building 38 miles of multi-purpose trail connecting Norwalk and Danbury. We will also kick off the new Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway, which will connect to the Wilton Pollinator Pathway, with a talk by local butterfly expert, Victor DeMasi.
Volunteers will focus on removing black swallow wort, an invasive plant that is especially harmful to monarch butterflies, and will plant native pollinator-friendly plants along the trail near the Norwalk River. Experts from Harbor Watch and NRWA will be on hand to discuss the connections between open space, native plants and wildlife and water quality. Lunch and volunteer tee shirts will be provided FREE plus hiking trail maps of the watershed. REI will be raffling off gear!
Wear long pantsto prevent ticks. Bring a water bottle, work gloves, clippers and/or shovels. Limited supplies available. Co-sponsored by REI, NRWA, Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT), Ridgefield Conservation Commission, Harbor Watch and Woodcock Nature Center.
Park at the corner of Simpaug Tpk and Danbury Rd, Ridgefield.
CONTACTS: Louise Washer, NRWA (203) 856-1497; firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlie Taney, NRVT (203) 536-5618; email@example.com