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 and birds interacted in natural ways after disruption. He ex- plained about invasive species of plants and how and why they arrive. He pointed out the different types of trees that populate Tyler Mill Preserve, their approximate ages, how they began, and their typical life spans. Peter also told us about different types of invasive non-native insect borers that could do great damage to the trees. His depth of knowl- edge, like Dianne’s, was remarkable.
Subsequent to the hike, I met with Dianne and learned so much from her that is shared here. We are so fortunate to have a community that wants to protect the beauty and pleasures of open spaces in our town. It is quite a long and interesting story.
Before I begin, I want to share something that is avail- able to all in our town. It is the “Tyler Mill Conservation Area Interpretive Trail Guide,” as prepared for the Town of Wall- ingford Conservation Commission by M. Kasinskas, Ferrucci & Walicki, LLC 2011. There is a note on the cover that much of the information contained within is from Lisa M. Toman’s 1999 “Tyler Mill Trails: A Guide and Natural History,” available at the Wallingford Public Library and the Environmental Plan- ning Office, Town Hall. The guide opens with a map of the In- terpretive Trail which runs one and a quarter mile covering various different color-blazed hiking trails within the pre- serve. It identifies 25 different spots along the trail numbered 1 to 25.
The next 11 pages identify and show the locations of the
Old Tyler Mill Road, Wire and Walls, Corduroy, Old Red Cedar, Opposite Sides of Wall, Intermittent Stream, Wolf Tree, Slope with Ferns, Ecotones, Traprock Ridges, Complex Forest Di- versity, Wetlands, Homestead and Autumn Colors, White Ash With Wire, Wetland Seep, Oak Forest, Mixed Hardwood Forest, Vernal Pools, Duck Box, Pillow & Cradle, Riffles & In- sects, Three Wetland Features, Floodplain Forest, Muddy River & Bridge, and Mill & Raceway. If that list doesn’t inspire curiosity, I am surprised. It sure got my attention and I read the information under each of those titles, learning so much I never knew.
Then the guide goes on to identify 27 types of trees in the preserve, six types of vines, and 18 types of shrubs! Finally, it identifies spring, summer, and late summer/early fall wild- flowers, numbering more than 100! Next is a trail map and a guide to Hiking Safely With Children. There is so much we can learn about the natural environments in which we live and exist.
The Wallingford Land Trust, Inc. also offers a trail guide to all of the open space land throughout the town with maps of the trails one can hike on to explore these beautiful natural spaces. Check out their website: www.wallingfordlandtrust. org.
At this juncture, I offer you an appropriate tongue-in- cheek quote from our Summer, 2016 story by Mary Heffernon about the Wallingford Land Trust Open Spaces of Walling- ford: “While attending a recent Banff Film Festival, I was de-

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