3d Printing Helps Record Dam Removal

By: 
J.R. Logan

The one constant in nature is change, but sometimes that change is too slow to notice in any one visit. It is with this in mind that I started off on a mission to document the change over time at the Pond Lily Nature Preserve.

 


Rendering of Pond Lily after dam removal

 

The preserve is soon to undergo a great transformation. For more than 250 years a dam at the location blocked the free flow of the West River. Recently, through the work of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and the funding of a resilience grant through the US Fish and Wildlife Service that dam will be removed sometime in 2015.  At first the change will be swift and dramatic. Construction staging will be setup, the river will be diverted to a temporary channel, earthwork and the careful teardown of the dam wall will proceed. When the deconstruction is done we will have a river which as been returned to a state that it has not been for centuries.

Youth at Work: Week Two

By: 
Chris Dickey

To be completely honest at first, before being placed at The Land Trust, I had no idea what the Land Trust was about. But as I began working in the community, I began to have a better understanding of what the Land Trust was about. And my understanding of what the Land Trust does is that it helps the community in 3 ways: the Land Trust creates awareness of our community gardens, also that it's cheaper and healthier to grow your own vegetables, and also creates awareness of our precious preserves.

First Week of Work

By: 
Eneida Martinez

When I applied for Youth@Work I knew exactly where I wanted to be placed over the summer, and it was the New Haven Land

Trust. My senior year in high school at the Sound I had the opportunity to build a bridge for the NHLT on the Long Wharf Nature Preserve with help from peers and staff. Building the bridge entailed of organizing, planning, and constructing a 16ft bridge along with railings.  I learned to manage my time and plan ahead, essential skills one needs to become successful in the real world.