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   18. TRADE WIND FIELDS PRESERVE

Size
71.8 acres

Description
Here is the classic sandplain grassland habitat, whose survival in this location was just a matter of good fortune: the land was used for decades as a grass-strip airport and the regular mowing and rolling that accompanied that use prevented the land’s succession into woodland.

Ongoing rescue effortsfor the sandplain specie-purple tiger beetle, sandplain blue-eyed grass, purple needle grass, bearberry, wild indigo and sickle-leaf golden aster are underway. The greatest threat to the rescue zone is boots and shoes.  Animals, such as dogs, pose little or no threat, as paws tread rather lightly on the surface

of the land (unless they dig holes - owners are asked to call their dogs

back if they see them plowing up the land).  Hikers themselves are asked to                                                                   

limit their own exercise to the existing marked trails on the zone's                                                                                            perimeter; these trails have been sited so as to allow maximum human                                                                                freedom to ramble on the preserve while permitting sandplain species to                                                                                 continue to exist.

A portion of the property continues to be used as an airstrip but landings                                                                               are few.  Pilots are welcome to land here but must receive in advance a                                                                                    permission-to-land slip; details may be obtained by telephoning the

land bank office.   

 

Uses
Nature study, hiking, picnicking, mountain-biking, horseback-riding, dog-walking, scenic vista, universal access (difficult terrain).

Access
Trailhead and bicycle rack located on-site. Start at the intersection of the County, Barnes and Wing Roads. Travel on the County Road toward Edgartown; after 0.5 miles, turn left into trailhead driveway.

Trail / Property Map

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Features

biking hiking picnicing mountain bikinghorseback riding dog walking