Hurricane Isaias caused extensive tree damage to many if not all of Ridgefield’s open spaces maintained by the Conservation Commission. While cleanup was going on elsewhere in Ridgefield, the job of assessing the damage was underway by the commission in open spaces.
The mountain bike community represented by the Fairfield County Northeast Mountain Bike Association (FCNEMBA) started checking the damage in Hemlock Hills, Pine Mountain, and Bennetts Pond, our most popular hiking areas. Shortly after, they dispatched crews to start the cleanup to reopen these areas. Large trees have to be left for later removal by professional chainsaw operators. After the assessment, some trails were found to be so badly damaged that they will have to be rerouted at a later date.