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News & Events

Connecticut Forest & Park Association Field Day

May 12, 2018

GMF will have an exhibit and a children’s activity at Connecticut Forest & Park Association’s Field Day at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington CT. Come visit our information table and take part in our children’s leaf printing activity. The CFPA Field Day will feature a number of other activities including hikes, paddles (weather dependent), trail clean-ups, children’s activities, and games.

Location:

Burr Mountain Rd., Torrington CT

Time:

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fee:

Free

CT Trails Weekend Hike - Crossover Trail

June 03, 2018

Dr. Charles Canham, Forest Ecologist and Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and member of the Great Mountain Forest Board of Trustees will lead a hike along the GMF woods road, Crossover Trail and Crissey Trail. Along the way, Dr. Canham will discuss forest ecology and past land use. You will see an impressive glacial erratic a scenic view of overlooking Crissey Pond. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring a snack to eat at the pond overlook. Please contact jean@greatmountainforest.org to register.

Location:

201 Windrow Rd., Norfolk CT 06058

Time:

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Fee:

Free

Stream Monitoring

June 16, 2018

Those of us who live in the northwest corner of the state are lucky to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful, pristine waterways in Connecticut. Preserving these rivers and streams requires knowing about them, where to find them, what lives there, and just how pristine they are. To do this, each year hundreds of volunteers participate in a “treasure hunt” to find Connecticut’s healthiest streams. Participants in the DEEP RBV program (“Riffle Bioassessment by Volunteers”) explore their local waterways, and collect and identify the creatures that live at the bottoms of the water habitat. RBV is a volunteer water-quality monitoring protocol developed and administered by the CT DEEP Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse. This army of volunteers assists the DEEP in keeping track of the state’s 5,400 miles of rivers and streams.
Together, by documenting the location and condition of these streams, CT DEEP and volunteers can work to better protect and preserve them for generations to come. No prior monitoring experience is necessary. As an RBV volunteer you will be trained to use benthic macro invertebrates (the bugs that live on the bottom of the stream) to screen local stream segments for excellent water quality. Volunteers should come prepared to go outside and wade in the streams, so be prepared for the weather, wet feet and hands. Once we have collected our samples, we spend time back inside to sort and identify what we have found. Our collections will be recorded, and samples sent to the DEEP for their records.
Your trainer, Tom Fahsbender, has been an RBV volunteer for over 9 years, and has worked with kids and adults in rivers and streams, big and small, all over Litchfield County. Adults and children welcome; all children must be accompanied by an adult.
This year’s site is Brown Brook. We will car pool from the GMF forestry office at 201 Windrow Road in vehicles with good ground clearance. Limit 12 people. Bring a snack and water bottle.
To register, contact jean@greatmountainforest.org or call 860-824-8188

Location:

201 Windrow Rd., Norfolk CT 06058

Time:

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Fee:

Free