WILTON, Conn. -- Wilton and Weston landowners are invited to participate in a forum about their wild backyards this weekend at the Weston Public Library.
The Wilton-Weston Landowners "Woods Forum" is set to start at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13 at the Weston Public Library. The Aspetuck Land Trust and Wilton Land Conservation Trust are partnering to hold the forum, which aims to be "a unique landowner-driven conversation about the importance of wild backyards connecting Wilton and Weston," a press release said.
The event promises to be "the first step to create a larger regional vision to support land stewardship and open space connectivity for people and wildlife in our area," a press release said.
“The Wilton Land Conservation Trust is enthusiastic to co-host this opportunity for Wilton/Weston neighbors to discuss land issues in an informal setting without speeches and pitches,” said Land Trust president Bruce Beebe. “The responses of neighbors are critical to knowing how we as a land trust can help them keep our woodlands, wildlife and water healthy as well as maintain strong relations between our two preserve networks and neighbors across the town."
Invitation cards for the forum were mailed to more than 700 Weston and Wilton residents in the border area.
“Aspetuck Land Trust’s 1,009-acre Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area in Easton/Weston and the 1,756 acre Devil’s Den Preserve in Weston owned by the Nature Conservancy, form the green heart of our region," said David Brant, executive director of Aspetuck Land Trust. "They are the 'lungs' of Fairfield County. Our goal is to create more open space connectivity between these open spaces, and west into Wilton in partnership with the Wilton Land Conservation Trust."
The corridor connecting the towns of Wilton and Weston has been identified as a "resilient landscape," according to a recent data analysis from The Nature Conservancy.
"Given the importance of the area for wildlife habitat and ecosystem services in the face of our changing climate, Aspetuck and the Wilton land trusts have come together to work with neighbors to manage backyard woodlands with purpose and care," a press release said.
Questions and ideas are welcome at the "Woods Forum." Additionally, pie and coffee will be served to promote a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
"A more connected landscape is a more resilient landscape for local wildlife which is under stress from climate change and development. Along with Aspetuck and Wilton Land trusts who manage over 2,000 acres of local open space, local landowners have an important role to play in helping to alleviate some of this stress by managing their land for conservation," a press release said.