The Commission is planning a second Paderewski Pond cleanup for a date to be determined once it is deemed safe to forego social distancing. We hope to continue on the great progress we made in November and also plan to add a number of native plants to the landscape to help prevent erosion and beautify the area. This is a great opportunity for students who need volunteer hours to help clean up Mother Earth. Proper attire such as boots, heavy socks, long pants and long sleeved shirts or jackets are suggested. Please bring your volunteer sheet to the event to be signed by any member of the Conservation Commission. We appreciate any time that you may have to help us. This is a rain, within reason, or shine event. The Conservation Commission will supply water, nutritious snacks, and an assortment of tools such as: shovels, rakes, wheel barrows, gloves, bags, etc.
Plainville Family Fest
Plainville Family Fest has been cancelled by the town of Plainville
Quinnipiac River Cleanup
The next Quinnipiac River Clean-Up has been indefinitely postponed since social distancing guidelines are still in place. Check back for an update. This would be a great opportunity for students who need volunteer hours to help clean up Mother Earth. Proper attire such as boots, heavy socks, long pants and long sleeved shirts or jackets are suggested. Please bring your volunteer sheet to the event to be signed by any member of the Conservation Commission. We appreciate any time that you may have to help us. This is a rain, within reason, or shine event. The Conservation Commission will supply water and nutritious snacks.
National Trails Day
National Trails Day hike was scheduled to be held June 6, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 virus, Connecticut rules about gatherings and that both Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CT Trails Weekend) and the American Hiking Society (National Trails Day) have made their events a Do It Yourself (DIY) event, we have followed their lead. We encourage you to explore this area on your own keeping physical distancing in mind. The DIY event starts at Crescent Lake in Southington. A good portion of the hike is in Plainville at the Sunset Rock area. We venture off the marked trails to find Boy Rock. Getting back to the marked trails, we summit Bradley Peak for expansive views to the southeast where you can see Ragged Mountain, Meriden Mountain and (off in the distance) Sleeping Giant. Along the way back to the parking lot, there is a nice overview of Crescent Lake followed by an abandoned fireplace/chimney. We will skirt the edge of Crescent Lake but it is usually muddy on this trail. If it is too wet, you can opt for the trail in land a bit. You can find additional information at the Connecticut Forest and Parks web site. A recording of the specific trails we planned to take can be found at All Trails. All Trails has an app that you can use while on the hike to help you stay on the trail (and find Boy Rock). Enjoy this wonderful 4 mile moderate hike on your own sometime this hiking season.
We appreciate it if anyone that wants to help with cleanups signs up for the event on VolunteerMatch. Click HERE to sign up for events.
Pequabuck River Watershed Cleanup
The Pequabuck River Watershed Cleanup was held on Saturday, September 28, 2019, in the area behind West cemetary on Route 72. Read about the event here: http://www.newbritainherald.com/NBH-Plainville+News/358909/volunteers-clean-up-pequabuck-river-in-plainville-for-the-18th-year
Paderewski Park Cleanup
Over 15 volunteers descended upon Paderewski Park on November 9, 2019 for the first Conservation Commission-sponsored cleanup of the park. Volunteers cleaned up trash, cleared leaves from walkways, cut new walkways, and took steps to prevent erosion around trees and along the banks of the pond. Much thanks to everyone that contributed their time, efforts, boat and leaf blowers.
Three Commmissioners recently attended the Connecticut Association of Conservation & Inland Wetlands Commissions 42nd Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference on November 23, 2019. Attendees received an update about the future of Connecticut from DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes, then attended workshops specific to water quality, sustainability, invasive plants, fish management and black bears. More information about the conference can be found here: https://www.caciwc.org/pages/annualMtg/2019/index.html