Appropriate to its name, the Sylvan Lane Preserve is mostly wooded with hardwood species. There are several large willow tress close to the Sylvan Lane cul-de-sac. Willows are commonly found close to or in wetland areas, and much of this preserve is wet. There is also a moderate cover of understory species, including spicebush, another common wetland indicator.
This is one of several CLT properties that contain utility easements. The natural gas easement that passes through the Sylvan Lane preserve is easily seen in the airphoto above. A benefit of such utility easements is that they create small breaks, in forested areas, that provide a bit of habitat diversity for wildlife species. Because utility companies typically want or need vegetation along their lines to be low-growing (e.g. grasses and shrubs, not tall-growing trees with extensive roots), these areas provide important habitat diversity. If not maintained, they would revert back to forestland, nudging out species that prefer or need grass and shrub habitats.
|Willow tree silhouette - Sylvan Lane Preserve|
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