Candlewood Ridge

Overview

This 91-acre property stretches from Route 184 north to the 305 acres Avery Farm Nature Preserve along with a ridgeline. It is also to contiguous to Groton and Ledyard Town-owned open spaces, including a Town of Groton conservation easement on a 7-acre former cranberry bog. Combined over 430 acres of habitat area are available for wildlife and watershed protection.

Acquired in March 2013, this project was funded by member donations, community clubs, local organizations, businesses, local and national foundations, and a grant from the CT DEEP Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Program.

This high-quality habitat rich tract of land was partially impacted by non-permitted development. Wetlands had been filled, the base for a road was constructed and fill was brought in for house lots. GOSA purchased the property in order to protect it from future development.

The State of CT holds a conservation easement on the 91 acres.

Property Highlights

– Candlewood Ridge is part of a critical large block of diverse wildlife habitats highlighted on the State of CT Natural Diversity Database maps: early successional forest, oak-hemlock-hickory upland forest, native shrubby and grassy habitat, forested peatlands, kettle type bogs, tussock sedge, poor fens, multiple seeps, several Tier I vernal pools, and streams.

– A north-south ridge is characterized by a rugged ledge and glacial erratics extending to Avery Farm Nature Preserve.

– The site provides critical habitat, a nursery site for fish, water storage, filtration, groundwater recharge, and food protection functions

– There is a forested bottomland riparian corridor along a sandy creek, forested peatland shrub thicket, tussock sedge wetlands, red maple wetlands, alder wetlands and vernal pools, bogs, poor fens and a large marsh.

– To the east streams flow into forested peatlands, (one of the 25 CT critical habitats).

– The poor fen of Candlewood Ridge also has shrub thickets fed by a separate perennial brook which flows north into the eastern side of the poor fen onto its junction with Haley Brook which then flows eastward to the Mystic River and Long Island Sound.

Plan Your Visit

Hiking – trails with varied levels of difficulty

Bird and Wildlife Viewing – a 6-acre meadow, 30 acres of early successional forest and a large marsh, bogs, poor fens, sedge tussock wetlands, forested peatlands, shrub thicket and vernal pools.

Art Opportunities – photography, painting, drawing

Winter Activities – snowshoeing, cross country skiing

This is an approximate location, there is currently no street address for this property. The map below is a general guide.

Contact us at GOSAmail@gmail.com for tours or directions.

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