Saturday, November 26, 2016

Day 26: Carroll Woods Preserve

Wooded acreage containing a portion of Mountain Brook in southwest Cheshire; adjacent to Brooksvale Farm Preserve Easement.

Size: 4.5 acres
Nearest Road: South Brooksvale Road
Public Access: No
Acquisition: December 2005
Donor: Don Drago

The Carroll Woods Preserve was donated to the Cheshire Land Trust by Don Drago in December 2005.  The Brooke Memorial Acquisition (Day #23) was completed the same month, making 2005 a very good year for CLT!

The property lies to the northeast of the the CLT's Brooksvale Farm Preserve Easement.  It is surrounded on other sides by residential properties along South Brooksvale Road (to the west) and Cranberry Lane (to the north and east).  Carroll Woods' boundaries also contain a 50-foot-wide strip that runs to South Brooksvale Road.

The property is covered with mostly hardwood tree species and also contains a portion of Mountain Brook.  This is the same brook that flows through CLT's Charmichael Sanctuary (Day #9) further upstream.  After passing through Carroll Woods, Mountain Brooks meets up with Willow Brook along the Farmington Canal Linear Trail.

The Carroll Woods Preserve provides excellent woodland habitat adjacent to the Brooksvale Farm's open fields.  CLT's ownership also ensures protection for a portion of Mountain Brook.  This CLT preserve is not open to the public.
Do you live next to or near the Carroll Woods Preserve?  Have you ever passed it on the Linear Trail?  Tell us about what you've seen on this land!  Please join the Cheshire Land Trust at to help us protect and maintain this and other great open space properties around Cheshire.

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