Turtle Creek Preserve located in Old Saybrook and Essex, CT
Connecticut: Turtle Creek Preserve located in Old Saybrook and Essex, CT © David Gumbart

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The Nature Conservancy to Allow Dogs On-leash for One-year Trial at Turtle Creek Preserve

The Nature Conservancy is also taking actions to better define the preserve’s designated parking area. Turtle Creek will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Old Saybrook, CT

Effective Thursday, Oct. 18, The Nature Conservancy will allow dogs on leash, for a one-year trial period, at TNC’s Turtle Creek Preserve in Old Saybrook and Essex.

Also, this week, TNC will take actions to better define the parking area at the preserve’s Old Saybrook entrance and limit parking to the designated area.

“These actions are intended to support The Nature Conservancy’s responsible stewardship of Turtle Creek Preserve in keeping with our core mission to protect lands and waters, while also connecting people and nature through preserve access,” said Shelley Green, director of conservation programs for TNC in Connecticut.

“The Nature Conservancy welcomes visitors to Turtle Creek Preserve, and we’re thrilled that this private nature preserve is loved by so many,” Green said. “We respectfully ask visitors support responsible preserve stewardship by following the guidelines for Turtle Creek’s use.”

Keeping dogs on-leash is intended to help minimize potential negative impacts to other preserve visitors and to the natural environment and wildlife.

The Nature Conservancy also asks that dog owners pick up their dogs’ waste. In collaboration with the Town of Old Saybrook, posts with available dog waste bags are being installed at the preserve to help with this.

To address parking issues, contractors working for TNC will install boulders both along the intended boundaries of the parking area and on the shoulder along Watrous Point Road. The Nature Conservancy has received a permit from the Town of Old Saybrook for placement of boulders on the road shoulder.

Boulders have been staged at the site, and work is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Oct. 17. The preserve will be closed on Wednesday for that work.

Eliminating the presence of parked cars along the shoulder of the narrow roadway near the preserve’s entrance will benefit public safety. Limiting parking to the designated area is also meant to reduce the potential for conflicts and improve overall visitor experience by limiting the number of people onsite at any one time. 

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.