This marker is used to identify Public Open Space owned by the City of Shelton. It does not mark the exact location of the property line and may be as much as 100 feet away from the boundary, depending on site conditions. The Conservation and Pedestrian Easements markers have a similar look but different text.
The Land Trust is a private, non-profit group that owns 364 acres of open space in Shelton, marked with these signs. People frequently confuse the Land Trust with the City of Shelton.
These rectangular wetlands marker may be found in some newer subdivisions, usually on 4x4 posts. They mark the location of areas regulated by the Shelton Inland Wetlands Commission. These are generally on private property and are not related to open space.
This mix of forest and hayfields does not have any official trails at this time, although there are some old woods roads that are used by neighbors. The hayfields are harvested under an annual license granted by the City. The three parcels that make up the Klapik open space abutt wooded portions of Long Hill School and other open space lands to the north, so the entire open space corridor is closer to 100 acres.
A portion of the meadow area may be used for a future Community Garden.
The combined acreage of all the fields is 15 acres. Invasive Russian and/or Autumn Olive shrubs are growing along the perimeter of the fields and encroaching steadily into the fields. Since the permeter of the fields totals about 3 miles, removal is difficult. These shrubs are not native to American, however, they do provide some food and shelter value to wildlife.
A pile of debris pulled out of a swamp needs removal - good volunteer project for Shelton Clean Sweep.
"Prime" and "Important" farmland soils
per state map.
OS 105.01 (the northern parcel abutting Long Hill School - 16.35 acres) was purchased in 2000 for $400,000. There are no restrictions on the deed, which is filed at Book 1662 Page 312, with reference to filed map Vol. 33 Page 2013 with exceptions per the deed.
OS 105.02 (22.84 acres) and 105.03 (19.16 acres) were purchased in 2002 for $2,000,000 and recorded at Book 1970 page 60. There are no deed restrictions.