This is a piece of a larger effort to protect more than 100 acres of land around Angeline Brook. Last winter, the Coalition worked with the Westport Land Conservation Trust to conserve 50 acres and expand Herb Hadfield Conservation Area, a popular network of public walking trails along Angeline Brook.
This newly preserved land is along the stream on the north side of Adamsville Road near where three separate acquisitions totaling 39 acres were completed earlier this year. An abutting land owner has committed to donate still four more acres along the stream in the coming months.
Angeline Brook is one of only a handful of coastal coldwater streams left in southern New England where sea-run brook trout live. The presence of these rare fish speaks to the pristine, undeveloped condition of the land around Angeline Brook. Protecting natural forests and wetlands around the stream helps keep water temperatures cool and provides places for fish to spawn. These natural areas also protect clean water in the Westport River estuary and Buzzards Bay.