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EHLT Events

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"Last Sunday" Hikes and Canoe/Kayak paddles:

Hikes are scheduled the last Sunday of September through June; most are easy to moderate difficulty.  In July and August, we schedule "Last Sunday" Canoe/Kayak outings. 

Stewardship Work Parties:

generally the third Saturday of the month from September through June - to help with trail and preserve boundary maintenance. Or ... consider being a Preserve steward/monitor to keep an eye on a Preserve, check for boundary issues and, when necessary, complete light trail maintenance.

Swim at Anita's:

Every Monday and Thursday, from 1:30 to 3:00, in the heated indoor swimming pool at Anita Ballek's home.  A donation to the EHLT is collected at the door and is most appreciated.

Annual Meeting:

in January reviews the activities of the land trust, elects new board members, conducts other official business, and features interesting speakers and programs.  

Special Events:

vary from year to year; most are open to the public, some are members-only. We announce all events through email and some specific events, such as the annual meeting, by mail.

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Upcoming events

    • 03 Jun 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Patrell Preserve, Baker Lane, East Haddam

    Identify and learn about woodland nesting birds from birder, Carol Harrington, and EHLT's Rob Smith on June 3, 7:30-9:00 am.

    Through a grant from Audubon Connecticut, East Haddam land Trust and the East Haddam Conservation Commission plans this and at least one other educational event to highlight the recently designated Lyme Forest Block Important Bird Area, which covers most or all of East Haddam, Lyme, Salem, Colchester, and East Lyme.

    Patrell Preserve, off Baker Lane, East Haddam is ideal habitat for hearing, spotting, and learning about woodland nesting birds and some of Connecticut's other priority bird species. 

    Meet at the Patrell Parking area off Baker Lane, best accessed from Rt. 156, Lyme. Wear footwear and clothing appropriate for wooded and possibly wet areas. Bring your insect repellent, binoculars and curiosity.

    • 16 Jun 2017
    • not applicable

    Connecticut Banner

    For Immediate Release

    April 27, 2017

    Contact: Joyce Purcell, Assistant State Conservationist-Programs

    (860) 871-4028


    Funding Available for Forestry Practice Implementation on Gypsy Moth Damaged Forests


    TOLLAND, CT -- The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the availability of funding for forest landowners with trees affected by severe Gypsy Moth damage. (NOTE: This opportunity is for forest land and not individual yard trees.)  Although a complete forest management plan is not necessary, an inventory of the forest’s damaged area, a rating of the severity, and a cutting plan for oak and other tree regeneration are required. The plan should clearly list or otherwise document the criteria used to affirm Gypsy Moth damage. All other program eligibility rules apply.


    This sign-up is for accelerated practice implementation. Eligible practices may include Forest Stand Improvement (666) and Forest Trails and Landings (655). Other supporting practices may be considered.


    Interested? Begin by filling out eligibility forms. Once you qualify, ensure your application is submitted to your local NRCS office by June 16, 2017.


    Funds for this opportunity are provide through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) – a voluntary conservation program for those engaged in livestock, forestry, or agricultural production – including organics. The program offers financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land, and provides payments for implementing conservation practices that have a positive environmental impact, while protecting long-term agricultural production and sustainability.


    Although NRCS accepts applications for EQIP year round, to be considered for funding during this ranking period, applications must be received by June 16, 2017.Applications received after that will be accepted and considered, if funds are still available. 


    To find out more about EQIP, or fill out eligibility forms, contact your local USDA Service Center, or visit the Getting Started section of our website. General information on Gypsy moths in Connecticut can be found online at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station websites.


    • 17 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TBD

    Stewardship Saturday is 9 am to noon on the third Saturday of each month from January to June and September to December.

    Due to changing conditions, the exact location is chosen about a week prior to each Stewardship date. Check back here or sign up for EHLT's email updates from the welcome page.

    Stewardship volunteers keep trails in good hiking order and well marked, check boundaries, cut back brush and clear any fallen trees/branches, clean up litter and perform any other necessary work.

    Join us.

    • 25 Jun 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • TBD

    EHLT sponsors hikes from 1-3 pm on the last Sunday in January to June and September to November.

    We visit preserved areas in East Haddam and neighboring towns. Most hikes are easy to moderate in difficulty and are led by outdoor enthusiasts versed in local history, geology, wildlife, and plant life. There's always something to learn!

    Hike locations are chosen closer to each hike date to accommodate ever changing conditions. Check back here for updates or sign up for email updates on the Welcome page at www.ehlt.org.

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