The Salem Land Trust’s Woodland Warbler Preserve is comprised of four adjacent parcels, all formerly owned by the same individual who wanted to see the properties conserved. The first parcel was donated to SLT in 2018. SLT purchased the additional 3 parcels in 2019, with a bargain sale from this seller. These 3 parcels were sold to SLT for half their appraised value. The funds to purchase these parcels were raised from a Large NAWCA [North American Wetlands Conservation Act] Grant, through a partnership with the State of CT DEEP, with additional grants given from the Bafflin Foundation, the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee, and donations from over 100 individuals.
Old logging roads traverse the Preserve and are wonderful for recreational access and stewardship monitoring. SLT has marked some of these trails for public hiking. The land as a whole is very rugged, containing six distinct ridges with steep slopes, rocky outcrops containing numerous caves and sharp drop-offs of 30-50 feet. The valleys form some deep gorges containing intermittent streams, wet woodlands, and vernal pools, providing multiple habitats with outstanding biodiversity. Land elevation varies between 275’ to 460’ above sea level. The Preserve is perfect for wildlife and bird watching.
We ask that you stay on the marked trails.
DIRECTIONS: The entrance is marked by a very large rock, and large wooden gate.
From Salem roundabout take Rt. 82W [go under Rt. 11]. In approximately 2.8 mi. turn R onto Woodbridge Rd., which turns into West Road. The WWP entrance is on R approximately 2.3 mi. from the turn off of Rt. 82.
From the North: From Rt. 85, just south of the Salem Fire House, turn onto Witch Meadow Rd., [go under Rt. 11] in 1.5 mi. turn L onto West Rd., in 1 mi. WWP entrance is on L. Watch for the big rock almost on the road.