This nature area is located on North River Road, just East of Broadway. The property was donated in the late 1990's to the New Haven Parks and Recreation Department. In 2003, the land was entered into the Wetlands Reserve Program through the Department of Natural Resources. A critical step to combating the millions of acres lost to development since colonial times. Since then, efforts have been made to restore this area into its original habitat. Native grasses and trees have been planted. The area is an ideal habitat for wildlife, including many speicies of birds, deer and fox. A gravel access road exists along part of the perimiter of the property. This access leads to a clay canoe launch. The access road is typically closed and accessed by maintenance staff only or for special programming.
A prescribed burn will be scheduled for late 2013 or early 2014. This process is necessary and has been approved by IDEM.
Why wetlands like the North River Road Nature Area are critical: Wetlands prevent flooding by acting as a holding area for an overabundance of water and retaining water until it can slowly be released. This allows wetlands help keep river levels normal and filter and purify the surface water.
While wetlands are truly unique, they must not be thought of as isolated and independent habitat. To the contrary, wetlands are vital to the health of all other biomes and to wildlife and humans everywhere.
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