|CLT's West Cheshire Highlands Preserve parcels are outlined|
in green above. Other open space is outlined in orange.
The properties are mostly wooded and contain many sloped/hillside areas, some of which are wet. The hills containing these slopes and the surrounding homes are the northern end of Peck Mountain, an extention of Prospect Ridge that runs north from West Main Street to the vicinity of the Guinevere Ridge neighborhood.
|1992 USGS map showing Peck Mountain|
Another item that CLT has encountered with these and several other of its properties is minor encroachments by neighboring property owners. Due to new property owners, old markings, or simply the passage of time, it is sometimes possible for landowners to lose track of where their property lines are, and then leaf piles, lawns, or even swing sets can be placed on CLT land. Monitoring for encroachments can be a time-consuming task for CLT, given the number of parcels owned. If you are interested in helping with our stewardship efforts, please email CheshireCTLand@aol.com.
|Burning Bush (from www.vtinvasives.org)|
The West Cheshire Highlands parcels and other nearby open space parcels have been documented in CLT's records as containing some interesting and diverse vegetative and animal species. Recent observations on the West Cheshire Highland parcels have noted a possible reduction in the deer population, and an increase in wildflowers, and the area will likely be surveyed in the near future to assess the heath of ash trees, which are largely being removed from Connecticut's landscape by the Emerald Ash Borer. Other CLT properties are also being examined for this insect, and have been spotted on some CLT land.
The West Cheshire Highlands Preserve properties are open to the public, but there are no trails. Access is somewhat limited by the configuration of property lines and house lots around the preserved parcels. Please consult the map above or the Town of Cheshire's online GIS mapping system for details.