Recent Volunteer Highlights

We couldn't do what we do without our amazing volunteers. Check back frequently for updates on our latest volunteer projects! 

Volunteers help re-route the Blue Trail in Trout Brook Valley on 5/21/16.  What a great new trail! 

 

 

 

 

Our 2016 Summer interns from Staples and Weston High Schools assist our invasive removal team in removing invasive Japanese Barberry.

 

 

 


Volunteers help prune our 800+ blueberry bushes every spring!

 

 

 

 

  

Westport Girl Scouts help plant native meadow plants at the Leonard Schine Preserve in Westport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteers planting native pollinator plants at the Sasqua Wildflower Preserve in Southport.  From left: Wendy MacBeth, Mike Wallace, Lori Hashizume, and Donna Naser.

 

 

 

From left: Aspetuck Land Trusts' Lou Bacchiochi discusses an early successional habitat project taking place at the Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area with Conservationist Seth Lerman from the Natural Resource Conservation Service. The project will result in improved habitat for birds, pollinators, and turtles.

 

 

 

 

Matt Bartelme, owner of Barts Tree Service in Danbury generously donated his crew and equipment to help Aspetuck Land Trust create early successional habitat in the Trout Brook Valley Conservation area off Freeborn Road. This project will benefit owls, birds and small mammals.

 

  

Land Trust member and Fairfield County Northeast Mountain Bike Association rep Kyaiera Tucker (left) working on rerouting the white trail in the Trout Brook Valley Preserve. Go Kyaiera!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Land Trust Board Member Lisa Brodlie addressing Trail Stewards at the Land Trusts annual Trail Steward Meeting, April 2013, at Weston Town Hall. 

 

 

 

 

 

Aspetuck Land Trust volunteers participated in a trail building workshop with the Fairfield County Chapter of the New England Mountain Biking Association.  The group learned about how to build trails in a classroom session held at the Weston Public Library then applied their newfound knowledge in the field at the 1,009 acre Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area where they were re-routing a section of the white trail which had been an old woods road and was eroding. The new trail will be more sustainable and enjoyable!

14 volunteers from Aspetuck Land Trust learn about sustainable trail building in the classroom from CT NEMBA President Ryan Tucker.

 

 

       

Learning how to build a trail in the field from CT NEMBA member Kyaiera Tucker

     

Making new trails is fun!   Trail Maintenance volunteers improve the Blue Trail in the TBV Conservation Area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On April 27, 2013 volunteers from Aspetuck Land Trust Trail Maintenance Crew with help from the Fairfield County Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association improved the Green/White trail in the Jump Hill section of the Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area to make it suitable for mountain biking and foot traffic. 

 Westport Cub Scouts from Pack 39 lead by Cub Master Eric Overgard build information boxes for our nature preserve trail head entrances.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Led by Eagle Scout Greg Carl of Westport, Boy Scouts from Troop 33 in Westport remove invasive 
Barberry from the Trout Brook Valley Preserve. 

 

 

 

 

Wakeman Boys and Girls Club youth help to remove invasive plants from the Trout Brook Valley orchard.

 

 

 

  

Weston Brownies learn about conservation from Lisa Brodlie who lives in Weston and serves as Aspetuck Land Trusts Land Management chair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

Volunteers shore up the stream bank to control erosion at the Warner Anglers Preserve in Easton.

 

 

 

 

Boy Scouts from Troop 788 in Weston carry in boards for a boardwalk to be built at the Elisabeth Moore preserve in Weston.

 

 

 

 

Eagle Scout Brian Babyak from Weston Troop 788 built a new kiosk for the Moore Preserve in Weston.   

 

 

 

 

Tom Johnson, Donna Naser & Stuart Richardson from the Invasive Team removing dodder vine & porcelain berry vine at Stonebridge.

 

 

 

 

Eagle Scout Candidate Ben Schwartzman (left) digging post holes for a new kiosk in the TBV Orchard.

 

 

 

 

 
Ben and his dad harvest cedar for main posts and the Troop and their dads building the kiosk.        

 

 

 

 

Eagle Scout Candidate Ben Schwartzman in front of the completed kiosk he built with Troop 82.

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Anania, Eagle Scout from Trumbull cleaned up Peter's Gate Preserve.  Thomas & Trail Steward Bob Fatherley on the steps Thomas built down to Sasco Creek.

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