IT'S BACK!!! Join us for the 2018 CFPA Field Day, this family-friendly event is free and open to the public on Saturday, May 12th. Details are still being finalized, but save the date and come and enjoy a day chock-full of guided hikes, trail maintenance, forestry and wildlife education, food, fun, and camaraderie!
As this excerpt from the history book Connecticut Woodlands - A Century's Story of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association explains:
"Field trips were an early and continued Association activity. They were held in the spring and fall and went to sites where developments relevant to forestry were taking place. The first of these, on May 18, 1907, was typical. It was held at the Portland (now Meshomasic) State Forest. Participants presumably came by train to Middletown, and then by trolley and horse-drawn stage to the forest. A photograph taken on that occasion shows a group of eight men, clad in jackets, vests, hats, and ties, walking along a muddy cart path through a sprout land of gray birch.
The purpose then envisioned by the Association and the state foresters was that the state forest, few in number (only three) and small in acreage (4,277) in 1907, should primarily be demonstration plots, used to educate landowners in forestry and to encourage them to practice it on their own lands. This objective was partly realized, as the list of field trips shows, with visits to private estates, industrial woodlands, farms and water company holdings. The meetings were often in the form of picnics, and one of their valuable by-products was a sense of acquaintance and camaraderie among the people who shared a common interest in Connecticut woodlands."
Many things have changed since 1907. DEEP now manages 110 state parks, 32 state forests, 92 wildlife management areas, 5 wildlife sanctuaries, 7 natural area preserves, 117 boat launch ramps, 140 miles of shoreline, 9 miles of sandy beach, and one coastal preserve that together span over 255,000 acres in Connecticut.
At the same time, CFPA has continued to encourage landowners to utilize science-based forestry practices and has expanded to include stewardship of the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails, support of Friends of State Park/Forest groups, land conservation, and educational programs aimed at connecting people to the land.
ALL ARE WELCOME to join us for the reintroduction of Field Day on May 12th! However, vests and ties will not be expected and we likely won't be walking along muddy cart paths.
Connecticut Woodlands - A Century's Story of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association as well as other great publications are available for purchase by visiting our office or by visiting the online CFPA Store.