Dogs are allowed on all of our properties on-leash. This policy was created to protect and preserve the abundant but fragile wildlife diversity that exists. Dogs are perceived by wildlife as predators. Ground nesting birds are heavily distressed by dogs and may abandon or lose their nests if constantly disturbed. They are also susceptible to undue stress and may suffer injuries from unleashed dogs. Many populations of ground nesting birds are in long-term decline on a regional basis. Owners should refrain from allowing their dogs to swim in wetland areas, such as streams, ponds, marshes and vernal pools. Waterfowl and water birds that use these areas are usually frightened away from their nests. Dogs wading through vernal pools and marshes have a negative impact on these important amphibian breeding sites. Egg masses left behind by wood frogs, spring peepers, and various species of salamanders can be destroyed. In addition, the pathways that dogs and their owners have created to gain access to these wetlands have destroyed important riparian habitat and caused significant erosion.
Please follow the following common sense companion dog rules:
- Dogs must stay on trails so as not to disturb flora and fauna habitat (also helps to lessen ticks).
- Owner must remove dog waste from trails.
- Dogs must yield to horses.
- Dogs must not jump on other hikers especially children.
- Dogs must not run into neighboring properties.
- Biking with off leash dogs is not permitted.