Border Woods is approximately 36.7 acres and abuts a housing subdivision called Greystone Farms. Located on the east side of Eastford Road (CT Route 198), just north of the intersection with Old Turnpike Road (CT 197) in Woodstock, Border Woods is a 36.7-acre property opened to the public for walking and hiking; a perfect environment for the bird watchers.
The property is mostly wooded, with a mix of hardwood trees, predominantly oak and hemlock, and an understory of yellow birch and mountain laurel. The site is hilly, with unconsolidated soils and exposed bedrock. Wetlands account for approximately 7.0 acres of the property. Significant amounts of erosion and damage to the wetlands and soils are apparent, primarily due to unauthorized vehicle use.
The site is very hilly, with very stony, unconsolidated soils and exposed bedrock with a 3-45 percent slope. It is forested with a mix of mature deciduous and coniferous tree species dominated by oak and hemlock, with yellow birch and mountain laurel dominating the understory. A south-running perennial stream bisects the eastern portion of the property. There are no developed trails by The New Roxbury Land Trust (the Trust) on this site.
Motorized all-terrain vehicle use on the Border Woods property would erode the topsoil on the wood road, especially along the steep slopes abutting the stream. All-terrain vehicles have left deep ruts in the streambed and wetland soils. There is also concern that invasive species may establish themselves because of this damage to the wood road, stream and associated wetlands. The slope leading down to the stream is of approximately 15% grade.
In addition to our management plan of a naturalized area, under the Department of Justice Assessment Factors, we do not permit motor vehicles including ATVs, trucks, snowmobiles, or any wheeled or motorized vehicles OPDMD.
Passive recreation is required to maintain the health and functionality of this property. We thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep this natural property pristine and untouched for future generations.
ADA Accessibility Determination
Other Power Driven Devices (OPDMD) are not allowed on Border Woods due to the property’s environmental condition and safety concerns.