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Conservation Commission

Conservation Commission's Projects

The Young Forest Project

To keep the land healthy and to have a diversity of wildlife, we need to sustain a variety of habitats for them live in. Young Forest provides essential homes for over 50 different species including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Overgrown fields, shrubby swamps, coastal shrub lands and dense strands of small trees grown back from fires, storms and destruction provide "pockets of light" for new growth for Young Forest.

The Southbury Conservation Commission has been working in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection since January 2018 to identify and implement these practices in the following parcels: Platt Park, Shortt's Field Connector, Janie Pierce Park, McMillian Park and Hollow Swamp Preserve. It can be created through habitat management. 

The New England Cottontail Project

Initiated by Commissioner Mary Luf in January 2018, the Southbury Conservation Commission is pleased to announce its second year of participation in this program. Five parcels were sampled by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection in 2019, with the results coming back in the fall of 2019.

The New England Cottontail needs Young Forest to survive. Because it is hard to find sizable tracts of land that fit this protocol, its population has fallen drastically. The New England Cottontail needs areas of dense vegetation with thickets, where they can find food, rear their young, escape predators, and survive the winter's cold and the summer's heat.

The link for the program is

Future Projects - Help Needed

Southbury Conservation Commission is looking for volunteers (including Boy Scouts) to help with projects listed below:

  • Shortt's Field Connector: A bridge, six feet wide, is needed to connect Fields Two and Three. A wetland permit will be needed.
  • Janie Pierce Park: Stairs are needed at the Route 67 connection to Bates Rock Ridge Park
  • Bates Rock Ridge Park: Stairs are needed at the Route 67 connection to Janie Pierce Park

Contact Mary Luf at 203-264-5345 for information, participation and suggestions.