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Invasives Removal Party in Rockfall Forest

October 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

A team of volunteers has committed to restoring the health of Rockfall Forest, adjacent to Wadsworth Falls State Park, by removing invasive plants that are overgrowing and the Asian Jumping Worms that have made a home there.
More volunteers are needed to help clear invasives so that native trees, and with them the native fauna, can thrive. Bring clippers and gloves if you have them; a limited supply will be available. Tick repellant suggested. As these events are outdoors, masks can be worn at your discretion.
Meet at 8:45 in the Big Falls parking lot, 25 Cherry Hill Road in Rockfall. Heavy rain cancels.
No registration is required. If you have questions about the event, please reach out to Jen Huddleston at jen.e.ren10@gmail.com.

What is Rockfall Forest?

The trails in Rockfall Forest provide an important entry point to Wadsworth Falls State Park, connecting the orange Main Trail from Cherry Hill Road into the Park, and offering the yellow Laurel Grove Brook Trail. The history of these two properties link Colonel Wadsworth’s Legacy and The Rockfall Foundation. From potato farm to wild forest to outdoor classroom, Rockfall Forest has a story to tell.

Colonel Clarence S. Wadsworth founded Rockfall Corporation (now The Rockfall Foundation) in 1935 “to establish, maintain, and care for parks and forest or wild land for the use and enjoyment of the public”. One of the Colonel’s land holdings was a large plot in Middlefield and Rockfall. He entrusted the land to Rockfall Corporation, with a small section known as “The Captain’s Field” retained for use by his son, Seymour Wadsworth.

In 1941, after Colonel Wadsworth’s death, the largest portion of the land, 267 acres known as the “Great Falls Region” was donated by Rockfall Corporation to the Connecticut State Park and Forest commission. The State still maintains this land, the present day Wadsworth Falls State Park. Adjacent Captain’s Field, in the meantime, was leased out by Seymour and used for potato farming in the 1940s and 1950s. After Seymour’s passing, Captain’s Field was transferred to Rockfall Corporation for preservation. To this day, The Rockfall Foundation continues to protect these remaining 16 acres of land, which has reverted to forest since farming was abandoned. No longer a field, The Rockfall Foundation adopted the name Rockfall Forest in 2020.

Details

Date:
October 20
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Venue

Rockfall Forest via Wadsworth Falls Parking Lot
Waterfall parking, 25 Cherry Hill Rd.
Middletown, CT 06457
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