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Conservation Commission

Orange Open Space Guide Available
“A Guide to the Open Spaces of Orange, Connecticut” is a full-color reference for maximum enjoyment of the town’s 1,000 acres of public open space.  It provides useful information including trail maps, brief descriptions of each sites, facilities, hours, even GPS addresses for the parking areas.  The 18 x 24 guide folds into a convenient pocket-sized tool.  It features a town map indicating the locations of all of the passive and active open spaces, and charts showing available and permitted uses at each site.  Copies will be available at Case Memorial Library, the Orange Parks and Recreation office and the Orange Chamber of Commerce.   

Land Stewards Needed
The Orange Conservation Commission needs more volunteers to help maintain trails and care for the land on the all properties for which the OCC is responsible—Paul Ode Nature Trail (High Plains Community Center), Wepawaug (off Mapledale Rd), Wrights Pond (Old Grassy Hill Rd), Housatonic Overlook (Cedar Grove Rd/High RidgeRd), Racebrook Tract (Racebrook Rd), Ewen Farm Preserve (Lambert Road/Tyler City), and Turkey Hill Preserve Derby-Milford Road.  We are seeking highly motivated individuals or families who regularly use the trails and want to give something back to the town. Training in basic trail maintenance skills can be provided. The OCC is especially interested in:
· retired persons looking to stay physically active
· young adults looking for a challenge
· students who need to fulfill community service hours for graduation
· families with older children who enjoy working together in the outdoors
· owners of properties in the vicinity of town-owned land who would personally benefit from good stewardship practices nearby
· amateur or professional naturalists
· people who have or would like to develop leadership skills
· those experienced with hand tools, painting, carpentry, or landscaping
If you are interested in helping the OCC in this way, please contact OCC commission chair Cindy Ruggeri at 203-506-2430 or Aside from being a great way to provide community service, trail maintenance can be very rewarding!

Commission Openings
Residents who have an interest in and/or experience in environmental issues, environmental programs, natural resources, conservation, preservation and land management are encouraged to apply for open positions by calling the office of the First Selectman Jim Zeoli at 203-891-2122 Ext. 737 or e-mail:


Ewen Farm Preserve
Ewen Farm Preserve, a town-owned space.

Cindy Ruggeri, Chair Term exp. 5/28/19
Jonathan Clark Term exp. 5/28/18
Sharon Ewen, Vice-Chair Term exp. 5/28/19
Robert McCorkle Term exp. 5/28/20
Kent Tully Term exp. 5/28/20
Donna Wesolowski Term exp. 5/28/18
Amy Williams Term exp. 5/28/19

The Conservation Commission meets in the Conference Room at High Plains Community Center at 7:00 PM on the first Wednesday of each month.

Town of Orange Conservation Commission (Section 6.60, Town Charter)

There shall be a Conservation Commission consisting of seven members for the development and conservation of natural resources, including water resources, within the territorial limits of the Town.

Said commission shall have the powers, possesses all of the rights and may engage in any of the activities enumerated in Section 7-131(a) of the General Statutes.

Town-Owned Passive Open Space

Click here to view a list, including acreage and date of acquisition.


South Central Regional Council of Governments

Connecticut State Parks and Forests

Town of Orange Annual Report

CT Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commission

Southwest Conservation District