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Nov 07, 2017

Fair Haven Natural Area Hosts Semi-Annual Walking Tour

(Photo credit: Carolyn Ferguson, Fair Haven Natural Area Committee Member)

Last month, the Fair Haven Fields Natural Area Committee hosted the second nature walk in a two-part series for 2017. Two dozen residents strolled the sprawling natural area, listening to local environmental expert Bill Shadel on topics spanning the beauty and diversity of the preserve. The tour helped residents understand the nuances of foliage, including what makes tree leaves change colors, and observe the uniqueness of the fall season. Mr. Shadel also pointed out interesting species clustered in the natural area and contributing factors to this phenomenon.

Mr. Shadel is a respected local ecologist and associate landscape architect with more than 25 years of experience in natural resource management, landscape design and maintenance, and organic gardening. He holds a B.S. in landscape architecture and an M.S. in plant ecology from Rutgers University and the University of Vermont, respectively.

The natural area will get freshened up by local volunteers on Saturday, November 4 starting a 9:00 a.m. The volunteer day will include projects focused on the pond, invasive plant removal, and trail cleanup throughout the natural area.

“The walk and talk was a great chance for the community to learn about our environment and enjoy the natural beauty right here in our backyard,” said Councilman Christopher Rodriguez. “When I was strolling with longtime Natural Area Committee member Jim Ingle, he made a strong case for recruiting new volunteers. We need to find the next wave of residents to carry forward the tradition and management of the Natural Area.” Please consider joining the committee or lending a hand during the November cleanup day in the fall.”

The Fair Haven Fields Natural Area is a heavily wooded 40-acre park on the eastern side of Fair Haven Fields recreation area. It has been set aside as a natural park area, with 1.65 miles of woodland trails surrounding a two-acre pond. It is open to the public and widely used by walkers, dog lovers, and runners.