Friday, December 30, 2011

Westport: Day 4

One thing that I love about Sourthern New England is that open space is valued and protected. While there are few large undeveloped areas, many towns have established trust funds to preserve historic farms and protect remaining forests and streams. The Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, for example, has over 50 properties in the town of Dartmouth. Most of these places are accessible to the public and many have trails.

Today I drove to North Dartmouth to explore the Ridge Hill Reserve, which is part of a fairly mature pine forest. There's nothing quite like the open, airy feel of the pine woods, with the sunlight filering down to the soft needle carpet. There was only enough time for a short walk, but I relished every minute of it.

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