Archive for April, 2020

COVID-19 Announcement

COVID-19 Announcement

You’re probably feeling the need to get outside as much as we are at the MLCT. As we all do our part to lessen the spread of this virus by staying home, we still need to stay fit and do things that relieve stress and make us happy. According to Time Magazine,

“Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is one of the fastest ways to improve your health and happiness. It’s been shown to lower stress, blood pressure, and heart rate, while encouraging physical activity and buoying mood and mental health. … Just 20 minutes in a park … is enough to improve well-being.”

The Land Trust wants to help you get out and get some fresh air, exercise, and mood uplift—while social distancing, of course! Let our trails help you stay “grounded”!

To help us keep these open spaces available to the public while still supporting national and local efforts to slow the spread of COVD-19, we need your help.

We encourage you to visit our preserves while also observing the latest recommendations regarding social distancing.

  • Stay at least six feet or more apart at all times.

  • No groups larger than 3 people.

  • Please keep your dog on a leash. Keep your distance and do not reach out to touch other dogs you may meet on the trail.

  • If you visit a trail head that already has three cars, please visit another trail or at another time.

  • Please pay attention to trespassing and pet restrictions on neighboring private, State Forest, and Water Authority land. Water Authority land requires a permit for hiking and does not allow pets especially around the reservoir. Note that State Parks and Forests are open for solitary outdoor enjoyment.

  • To our friends in other towns: at this time staying close to home and enjoying the trails near you helps limit the spread of the virus. We look forward to seeing you when this pandemic is past!

We will be closely monitoring developments and recommendations from Federal, State, and local officials and will provide updates, as needed. We are following the guidance provided by the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection regarding the use of trails and preserves.  CLICK HERE for CT DEEP guidelines.