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The Commission is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Monroe by protecting the community's outdoor assets and water resources. "

Arbor Day celebration


Members of Girl Scout Troops 34444 and 34266 assembled at Great Hollow Lake in Wolfe Park April 29—the Saturday after Arbor Day—and planted six authentic American chestnut trees in a ceremony marking Monroe's designation by the U.S. Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for the 13th consecutive year. The trees were donated by Tony and Janet DeCarlo of Newtown and were planted north of the lake with the assistance of Russ Tice's ground crew in Monroe's Parks and Recreation Department. Shown here, clockwise from the lower left, Lauren Breyan, Grace Yeager, Maya Fox, Katelyn Alix, Abby Kellogg, Libby McHugh, Ava Tornay, Evelyn Goyette and Park Ranger David Solek who supervised the activities.

Pequonnock River Steamside Buffer Remediation


Pequonnock River Trail


The goal of this project is to connect segments of existing trails along the Pequonnock River to create a continuous green way from Long Island Sound and Downtown Bridgeport, through Trumbull, to the Monroe-Newtown town line.

Maintaining Your Septic System - A Guide For Homeowners

Septic care

Preventing groundwater pollution from failing septic systems is a priority for us in Monroe. Contamination of the groundwater source can lead to the pollution of local wells, streams, lakes, and ponds- exposing family, friends, and neighbors to waterborne diseases and other serious health risks.

The Blue Blaze Trail has been extended.


The Paugussett Blue Blaze Trail runs 12.9 miles through Monroe and Shelton. Whenever you're planning to hit the trails, the latest information is waiting here for you. Have a fun and safe journey! Thanks to the Connecticut Forest & Park Association


Click on the above Pequonnock River Initiative logo to see the Conservation Commission's contribution to the Project.

Native Plant Meadow

trails day photo

Monroe Parks & Recreation, Monroe Conservation Commission, and the Monroe Land Trust & Tree Conservancy are partnering to develop a native plant meadow at Oak Grove near Great Hollow Lake. The area will showcase native plantings that support birds, beneficial insects, and other wildlife and will support education on how low maintenance and beautiful native plants you can use in your own garden.

Trails Day Hike June 4, 2017

trails day photo

Watch for next years info here. Trails Day unfolds across the U.S. the first weekend in June, either Saturday or Sunday, and participation state-wide is heaviest in Connecticut where a majority of the state's 169 communities take part under the administration of the Connecticut Forest and Parks Association.

Tree Canopy in Monroe: View the new interactive story map

Tree growth in our community improves water quality, saves energy, lowers summer temperatures, enhances property values and much more. Matt Fulda, regional planner at the Metro Council of Governments (MetroCOG), has made available the Urban Tree Canopy Project, a study done by the University of Vermont that analyzed the benefits of tree canopies in Monroe and the five other communities in the MetroCOG region. The "story map" depicts Monroe's tree canopy, breaking it down into close-ups of streets, neighborhoods and watersheds so you can see and understand the implications of tree patterns where you live. Clich on the logo below to see the maps


GIS comes to Monroe


Thanks to the Metro Council of Governments (MetroCOG) we now have a local Geographic Information System (GIS).
By clicking on the above logo you can access the system whereby you can locate your house, lot and proximity to Open Space in Monroe.


To Learn more about the conservation commission Just click on the button and fill in your name and phone number. We will get the process started!

Monroe Land Trust & Tree Conservancy


Every day, over 5,000 acres of land are developed in the U.S. If you're a landowner looking to preserve your property, learn more today.

Open Space in Monroe

Click Here to Open a PDF of our Open Space Map. We welcome your comments concerning any errors in the map.
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The Commission is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Monroe by protecting the community's outdoor assets and water resources.

Commission Members

Karen Burnaska

Vice Chairman
Marven Moss

Ellie Krevolin

Ryan Driscoll

Cynthia Giancaspro
Jeff Fulchino
Barbara Thomas

Ranger Dave Solek

2018 Regular Meetings

Please note all meetings will be the first Wednesday of the month.

January 3

February 7

March 7

April 4

May 2

June 6

July 11* (This is the second Wednesday of the month.)

August 1

September 5

October 3

November 7

December 5

January 2, 2019

(Subject to Change)

All meetings will begin at 7:00 PM at Town Hall.

Discovery Zone

Webb Mountain Discovery Zone Discovery Zone
An outdoor learning center for the whole family with a scavenger hunt for children and over 25 interpretive signs developed by top state education experts highlighting natural and historical points of interest. Three loops with several resting areas on gently sloping terrain. Free to the public. Closed at sunset.

Click here for a printable Teacher Guide
For more information visit
Discovery zone brings wonders of the woods
Joel C. Thompson, July 27, 2008, Connecticut Post
Discovery Zone: An Outdoor Classroom In Monroe from the Hartford Courant, June, 2008
An Education in Mother Nature from the June 14, 2008 Monroe Courier.

Webb Mnt.

Webb Mountain Park

Webb Mountain Park
One of the few overnight camp grounds in Fairfield County. For residents seeking a more rustic, rugged outdoor experience with several trail loops highlighted by the overlook high above the Housatonic River. Closed at sunset.

Camping season begins Memorial Day weekend and lasts through Labor Day weekend. Camping permits for Webb Mountain will be available between the hours of Noon and 4:00 PM beginning May 1st in Room 205 Monday through Thursday. The cost is $5.00 per site per night for 1-5 people. Camping season begins May 23rd.

Click Here For a printable map of Webb Mountain Park and for camping regulations.

Halfway River

Halfway River

Halfway River
Bordering Monroe and Newtown off of Bagburn Rd., a small trail along this gorgeous river that leads to the Stevenson Dam is available to residents. The Conservation Commission is in the planning stages in tandem with the town of Newtown and Trust for Public Land and potentially the CT DEP for future use. Parking off of Bagburn Rd. is limited to five cars. Closed at sunset.

Chalk Hill

Chalk Hill Nature TrailChalk Hill Nature Trail
Gentle quarter mile loop through woods nestled behind Chalk Hill Middle School. The Conservation Commission has a received a grant for improvements and plans are in the development stage. Closed at sunset.

Lanes Mine

Lanes MinesLanes Mine Nature Park
Located on 75 acres on the corner of Fan Hill and Garder Rd. Trail system available. Plans for future use are being developed. Closed at sunset.

The Monroe Conservation Commission
meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm
in the Town Hall conference room.
Public participation is welcome.
Email us at Monroe Conservation with questions, comments or concerns about our properties.
WebMaster Michael O'Reilly
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