Enjoy the great outdoors in Shelton

Have you been enjoying the outdoors here in Shelton lately? If not, why not? Our town offers miles of trails to walk, hike, bike & run: to bird watch, fish, picnic, or identify some of our local critters. If you and your family do take advantage of these opportunities, you are already budding conservationists.

According to the Connecticut Park and Forest Association, walking trails give you a place to explore to get away from the stresses of life and recreate....until they’re gone. Forests provide  habitat for wildlife, filter to clean water & air, and sponge effect to absorb flood waters...until they’re gone.

Connecticut is losing over ten acres of woodlands to development every day. The fields and forest are being converted to shopping centers, subdivisions and pavement. The people fighting against it are losing ground – literally.

So what happens here in our beloved hometown? Much of our open space belongs to the city or is accessed by public right of way. This land is not guaranteed...it could be gone...from anything from schools, ball fields, parking lots or sold to developers if the price is right.

Here’s what you need to know.

The Shelton Land Conservation Trust is a non-profit corporation established in 1969 to guarantee that its properties can never (I SAID NEVER) be developed. Land acquired by Land Trust through purchase or gifted through a trust inheritance will be preserved for us, our children, our grandchildren and on in perpetuity.

Now, have I got your attention? Does the Naturalist previously hidden inside you want to help protect our resources and public access forever? Are you concerned about the health of people, wildlife, plant life and water? Then you must be wondering how you can help.

Guess what? This isn’t a Plea for donations. Of course the trust would like you to become a member for only $15 per year to cover your whole family. But what would really, really help is people who care. People who come out and support conservation events. People who teach their children to be happy and safe outside. People who might show up to offer suggestions and ideas. People who can help drive these efforts to save woodlands and waterways forward into future generations.

It is essential that we all join the force to protect nature around us...until it’s gone.