The Shelton Land Conservation Trust is a private organization often confused with the Conservation Commission. The Land Trust owns 364 acres of private open space that is open to the public, including several trails and a youth camp.
The Shelton Conservation Commission endeavors to balance Shelton's rapid growth with quality open space, recreational opportunities, preservation of scenic and historic resources, and a healthy environment.
Bear sightings in Shelton increased significantly in 2015, including a mother with a cub, and also a young male that was spending a lot of time in yards at bird feeders. The bear population is expected to keep increasing. ***PLEASE REMOVE BIRD FEEDERS between March and November***, and eliminate other potential food sources around homes, such as unsecured garbage or pet food. Read more about bears in Shelton HERE.
The Shelton Deer Committee finalized their report to the Board of Aldermen on Feb. 10, 2015 recommending bowhunting on suitable open space properties. It's up to BOA to determine whether the City will follow the recommendations listed in the report. More information is on the Deer Committee's webpage.
Public letters from the Commission are now being uploaded to a Dropbox folder for easier access. Most letters pertain to proposed developments and are read into the public record by the Planning and Zoning and Inland Wetlands Commissions.
The Open Space layer on the City's GIS system has been updated as of October 2014. Click here to view (3 mb pdf file).
The Paugussett Trail (aka "Blue Dot Trail") has been officially extended from Indian Well State Park to Buddington Road, and is now shown on CFPA's interactive map of the state Blue-Blazed Trail System. See this Trails Committee blogpost for more information. 12/2013
The Community Gardens have a waiting list. Click here to add your name to the list. Typically requests can be met the following year (a 2015 plot if the request is made in 2014). A 20x20' full plot is $20 for the year and both gardens are organic and protected with deer & woodchuck fencing. Water is supplied.
We've received CLCC's 2013 "Excellence in Conservation" Award for the Shelton Lakes Recreation Path and Greenway, which was completed in 2012 after twenty years of effort, with broad support from the community and its leaders. Thank you! Here's the nomination submission that describes the project.
Community Service: We have year-round opportunities for volunteer work if you are willing to work outdoors. See here for more details.
Mile-A-Minute Vine, or "Kudzu of the North," was found in Monroe and Newtown in 2008. It was found in 5 Newtown locations in 2009 adn 2010. We are asking residents to watch out for the vine, which can grow up to six inches per day, and report any sightings. Leaves are triangular with straight edges, and the stem has tiny barbs. Any vines must be removed as soon as possible to prevent spreading. Please see www.madgardeners.comfor information about this invasive species and how to report it.