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‘Extensive tree damage’: Ridgefield open spaces start reopening

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‘Intensive tree injury’: Ridgefield open areas begin reopening


Hurricane Isaias brought on in depth tree injury to many if not all of Ridgefield’s open areas maintained by the Conservation Fee. Whereas cleanup was happening elsewhere in Ridgefield, the job of assessing the injury was underway by the fee in open areas.

The mountain bike neighborhood represented by the Fairfield County Northeast Mountain Bike Affiliation (FCNEMBA) began checking the injury in Hemlock Hills, Pine Mountain, and Bennetts Pond, our hottest mountaineering areas. Shortly after, they dispatched crews to begin the cleanup to reopen these areas. Giant timber need to be left for later removing by skilled chainsaw operators. After the evaluation, some trails have been discovered to be so badly broken that they must be rerouted at a later date.

Commissioners Dave Cronin and Matt Sharp and Colleen Lake, our administrative assistant, targeting the smaller mountaineering areas on the town. So far, after many work classes, numerous our bigger areas have been reopened: Florida Refuge, West Mountain McManus, West Mountain Reed, Casey Lane, Colonial Heights, Liebowitz-Knapp, and Levy Park. There are a variety of smaller areas but to be assessed.

Our cleanup efforts have been assisted by our Ridgefield Rangers (coordinated by Commissioner Dan Levine) within the identification of the place downed timber posed issues.

There may be nonetheless a considerable quantity of labor to be carried out in these areas but to be heard from: to clear the bigger, extra harmful tree falls in addition to to reroute trails the place clearing is impractical. The work will proceed effectively into the autumn.

We have been assisted by many volunteers on this effort and thank them heartedly for his or her concern and laborious work within the safety and upkeep of Ridgefield’s open areas.

James Coyle is the chairman of Ridgefield’s Conservation Fee.


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