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Hikers Can Enjoy Three-Hour Tour of Weston Trails

Come breathe fresh air while learning about Weston's open space during a three-hour, 4-mile tour through every section of Trout Brook Valley on June 5 as part of the Connecticut Trails Day Celebration. Hikers will stride up Crow Hill, go through an orchard, take the red trail in Trout Brook Valley, then Jump Hill and back onto Trout Brook Valley with Lisa Brodlie, Aspetuck Land Trust vice president, and Princie Falkenhagen, Aspetuck Land Trust president.

Brodlie and Falkenhagen will lead the challenging hike and tell stories of the land's history and how it came to be maintained by the Aspetuck Land Trust . Brodlie will show hikers wildflowers, apple trees and a blueberry patch in an orchard, as well as 15 varieties of ferns on the violet trail. Trail maintainers have been removing the invasive garlic mustard, which has given way to a "minor explosion" of wild flowers returning to Trout Brook Valley.

"At all times we'll talk about conservation," said Brodlie, chair of the land management committee. "Our first mission is to conserve the open space we've been made responsible for."

The number of hikers frequenting the trails has increased over the past six years, Brodlie said. "It's one of the last places someone can take a dog and be outside with their animal."

Those wishing to take the tour from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 5 should register by emailing lbrodlie@aol.com . Hikers are asked to bring their own refreshments and meet at the Bradley Road entrance.

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