Field Trip: Forests, Flows and Faucets
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
first-hand the challenges and benefits of sustainable forest and
environmental flow practices for the management of healthy water
systems. Transportation will be provided, and we will travel from
the Hartford Hilton Hotel to the Barkhamsted Reservoir, and then
to Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk, Connecticut. These are places
you cannot easily visit on your own and where there are great
programs using sustainable practices to protect water and forest
For the morning session, participants will have the option to join one of two concurrent tracks. Track 1 will explore watershed management and sustainable forest practices at the Barkhamsted Reservoir, which provides water to Hartford and the surrounding region, and where Hartford Metropolitan District has launched forest management and resource protection programs. Participants will observe watershed management practices, such as creation and management of water quality buffers, and management of invasive species, along with sustainable forest practices, such as active harvesting and regeneration cuts. Participants will also tour the lower gatehouse and go inside the reservoir's dam.
Track 2 participants will travel to the nearby West Branch of the Farmington River to learn about the history of flow management of this system. We will observe firsthand, riparian and watershed health and the trophy trout stream and will discuss the challenges of flow management for competing uses. We will have the opportunity to observe kick-net and other sampling methods of aquatic macroinvertebrates demonstrated by aquatic and fisheries experts, and will compare the species diversity and abundance in the regulated West Branch Farmington River, to a nearby unregulated stream system.
For the afternoon, we will all travel to Great Mountain Forest, a 6,000 acre research and demonstration forest, to learn about the history and management of private forest systems. We will learn about the research conducted at the forest and practices for re-establishing a balanced and sustainable forest system for watershed protection and wildlife management. We will learn about the value of community forestry and forest products and visit a maple sugar house. We will conclude our visit with a wine and cheese reception at the 1870 farmhouse located at the forest. Transportation will be provided back to the Hartford Hilton Hotel. Join us for this exciting opportunity to enhance your knowledge of sustainable management practices for the protection of healthy water systems and forests.
|8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.||Travel to Barkhamsted Reservoir Area||Depart from Hartford Hilton Hotel|
|9:00 a.m. - Noon||Track 1
9:00 a.m. - Noon
|West Branch Farmington River|
|12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Lunch (will be provided)|
|1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.||Travel to Great Mountain Forest (Tracks 1 & 2)|
|2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.||
||Great Mountain Forest|
|5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.||Travel back to Hartford Hilton Hotel|