Archive for February, 2019

Spring 2019 Events

Join us on our last remaining work party of the spring

Bull Pond – week of May 28 time TBD – early  evening meeting time, mowing, parking sign installation, mulching gardens, preparing for Trails Day, June 1.

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Bull Pond Driveway

The driveway paving project at Bull Pond began on Monday, May 6.  The paving of the driveway, which is owned by the Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department, is a town project funded by a grant through State LOCIP funding.  Gravel will also be added to side parking areas on adjacent land owned by the Harwinton Land Trust.  This is a cooperative project between the town and land trust.  Public parking will be allowed on one side of the driveway through courtesy of the Harwinton Volunteer Fire Dept.  There will be a fire lane for fire truck access to the pond where parking will not be allowed.  The driveway is now open for the public, but some landscaping next to the driveway still needs to be done.  Please do not park on the edge of the driveway, since it might cause the payment to collapse.

On the first day of the project, the Harwinton Paving Co. dug-out and removed approximately a foot of dirt, several stumps and old asphalt, which were removed from the site. The removed material was replaced with DOT-approved compactable fill and smoothed over.

On day-2, the first course of Class 1 binder asphalt was compacted to 1.5″ over the previous area of the driveway. DOT-approved compaction base was added to the side parking area, which should accommodate 3-4 vehicles. Plastic barrels were placed at the entrance of the driveway to keep vehicles off of the first course of asphalt in order to let it set.  Please stay off of the work area.


View from Locust Rd.












View from the dam












Come hike with us on National Trails Day, 2019.

National Trails Day is designed to connect more people to trails.  Each year, on the first Saturday of June, Americans of all ages and abilities are invited to find their own adventure at one of the thousands of events hosted throughout the country.  In Connecticut, the CT Park and Forest Association does an outstanding job of coordinating Trails Day.  Despite its small size, Connecticut hosts the largest number of events of any state in the USA!

As part of the National Trails Day in 2019, the Harwinton Land Trust will hold guided walks at two of our nature areas.  Our nature walks will be tailored mostly for families with children, but folks of all ages will find the trails to be interesting, easy to walk on, and dry during normal weather conditions.   Harwinton Land Trust members will be present to guide visitors along the trails and will be happy to answer any questions.

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Both Trail Day events by the Harwinton Land Trust will be held on Saturday, June 1.

At our Bull Pond Preserve, the walk will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  See descriptions of the Trails Day walk at Bull Pond,  parking locations, and map of the trail system.

At Meadowview, the walk will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  See descriptions of the Trails Day walk at Meadowview, parking location, and map of the trail system.

This will be the first Trails Day walk at Meadowview, and will be a great opportunity for newcomers to visit the area with a guide.  The land trust has previously held Trails Day events at Bull Pond and here’s some photos from our first event there: