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Hatch Lot (formerly The Pages Property)

This 238-acre property was purchased from Mauricio and Patricia Pages by the Town of East Haddam as protected open space in April 2013. East Haddam Land Trust contributed $35,000 and a State of Connecticut grant contributed $464,000 toward the total purchase price.  The acreage is a mix of upland hardwood forest, exposed ledges, and mountain laurel groves plus it has woodland wetlands, intermittent streams and vernal pools supporting a variety of woodland flora and fauna.

 

A cleared section at the property's highest point has views of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound in the distance. This scenic viewpoint is accessed via an existing gravel road, making the cleared area potentially handicap accessible.

 

The remote location of the scenic viewpoint allows excellent star-gazing. The property's varied topography and habitats provide opportunities for interesting wildlife and plant observations, bird watching, photography and challenging hiking.

 

The property borders Mill Road to the south and  the 230-acre Dean Conservation Easement tot he north. The eastern border runs along a portion of Roaring Brook and to the west the property borders the walking-path portion of Parker Road. Directions and Trail Map.

 

This property is maintained by the Town of East Haddam.  For additional information, contact the East Haddam Conservation Commission.  

 

Roaring Brook Preserve (formerly The Zeiller Property)

The Town of East Haddam purchased the 98.22-acre Zeiller property as open space in April 2013.  East Haddam Land Trust contributed $5000 towards the closing costs of this purchase.

 

The property has varied topography - fields, mixed hardwood forest, exposed ledges, woodland wetlands, and vernal pools. Its western edge runs along 4000 feet of the Roaring Brook, a vital waterway for brook trout. Roaring Brook, and the upland streams that feed into it, support ocean-maturing populations of alewives, blueback herring, juvenile American shad, sea-run trout, and sea lamprey. Roaring Brook and its feeder streams feed into the Whalebone Creek Watershed, the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound thereby impacting water quality and water life well beyond East Haddam.

 

The eastern border has frontage on Florida Road - a mile of which is a combined hiking trail and gravel town road. The northern border connects with Clark Hill Road, where there is a small gravel parking area.

 

This property is maintained by the Town of East Haddam.  For additional information, contact the East Haddam Conservation Commission.  

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