To help protect and preserve the natural resources of our park SGPA has formed the Environmental Stewardship Committee. The mission of the Environmental Stewardship Committee of the SGPA is to maintain the vitality and biodiversity of the Park lands through monitoring and management practices that will ensure high quality recreational opportunities and provide suitable habitat for native flora and fauna to thrive. Our work, in conjunction with the other committees of the SGPA will guarantee the continued presence of Sleeping Giant State Park as one of the premier parks in Connecticut and New England.
A major part of the work of this committee is directed at controlling invasive alien species in the park. An invasive alien is a non-native species that exhibits aggressive growth patterns thereby displacing native species. Our efforts will be aimed at controlling alien species or where possible eliminating them from the park so as to preserve the diversity of native species on the Giant. We are fortunate to have a wide variety of habitat on the Giant that supports rich and diverse native fauna and flora. We want to preserve this natural resource for future generations to enjoy.
How Can You Help?
We plan work parties once a month to focus on suppressing specific invasive alien species in targeted areas on the Giant. We will also carry out surveys to identify problem areas and train volunteers to identify invasive alien species. We encourage you to join us on the dates listed below to help preserve the quality and natural diversity of our park. Another way to help is to recognize and eliminate invasive species in your own yard and avoid using invasive species for ornamental plants.
Invasive plant removal dates for 2022:
- May 22
- June 26
- July 17
- Aug 7 (subject to change)
- Sept 18
- Oct 16
- Nov 6 (tentative)
Meet at the main entrance of the park by the Ranger Shed at 9:30 A.M. on the designated dates and we will move to specific work areas once organized.