A Welcoming Forest for Residents and Visitors
Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests, Inc. (FALPS) of Barkhamsted works to enhance, advocate, and encourage use and awareness of the recreational opportunities, cultural heritage, and natural resources of the American Legion and Peoples State forests.
FALPS provides guided trail walks, trail maps, and nature programs, and conducts trail maintenance and improvements. Throughout the year, FALPS hosts a wide array of events each season, including hikes, nature talks, camping education, historical studies, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and birding.
A recent grant from the Northwest CT Community Foundation Elson-Slemmer Fund for the Environment supported the purchase of lumber to finish rerouting the 2.8 mile Agnes Bowen Trail. Volunteers used the lumber to build an extensive network of bog bridges and an observation deck through a unique wetland habitat adjacent to Beaver Brook Meadow.
“In these Covid times, Peoples Forest is a very busy place that is enjoyed by a wide spectrum of people," said Jean Miller of Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests.
"State forests like Peoples are a great asset to our region and bring people here who then take advantage of other opportunities for recreation or dining. "