Fox Hill Lake Association to host riparian buffer event Saturday

The Fox Hill Lake Association and the Highstead Foundation invite conservationists, native habitat gardeners and environmentalists to an Earth Day weekend event that will celebrate the completion of a grant-supported 55-foot riparian buffer, with the planting of a black tupelo tree, at the beach on Bennetts Farm Road.

The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Parking will be available on Rustic Road.

Geordie Elkins, Highstead’s director of operations, will also discuss the proper way to remove invasive plants and provide a planting guide that includes a buffer template with native plant suggestions.

The Fox Hill Lake Association was awarded an $800 grant in the fall of 2016 to establish a riparian buffer, an ecological transition zone between water and land, on its Bennetts lakeshore property. The association owns two lakes that are two of the three original Ridgefield Lakes (the third lake being Rainbow Lake). These lakes were developed in the 1930s and 40s and are nestled in the hills of northern Ridgefield/Ridgebury.

This project is dependent on volunteerism, additional grants and donations.

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