Elm Tree Work Party at Czikowsky Hill Preserve on Sep. 26.

On Thursday, Sep. 26, at 10:00 a.m., help the Nature Conservancy plant 20 disease-resistant elm trees in the Czikowsky Hill Preserve as part of the organization’s ongoing effort to reestablish the iconic American elm along our riverbanks and in our floodplain forests.  The Czikowsky Hill Preserve is owned by the Town of Lyme and the Nature Conservancy, with a Lyme Land Conservation Trust easement.  Residents who plan to attend should contact Wendy Hill, Lyme’s open space coordinator, at openspace@townlyme.org; and plan to bring heavy-duty work gloves, sturdy shoes, bottled water and, if possible, a shovel.  Parking for the outing is at Hemlocks Preserve on Joshuatown Road, just across from the end of Old Hamburg Road.

Fall Hunting Seasons Begin Soon in Nehantic State Forest & Selden Neck

Various hunting seasons will soon begin in the Nehantic State Forest and Selden Neck – both of which are public lands controlled by the state.  Lyme residents planning to hike or otherwise enjoy the use of these state lands during hunting seasons are encouraged to practice caution and wear bright colors.

  • Bow hunting season for turkey and deer will initially run from Sep. 16 to Nov. 19.
  • Shotgun hunting season for turkey will run from Oct. 5 to Oct. 31.
  • Firearm hunting season for deer will run from Nov. 20 to Dec. 24.
  • Bow hunting season for turkey and deer will resume from Dec. 25 to Jan. 31.

The state allows hunting to take place during hunting seasons from Monday to Saturday, from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.  Because these lands remain open to all users during hunting seasons – not just hunters – everyone is advised to practice caution and wear bright colors.

Please note that no hunting is allowed on Sundays on state land.  Archery hunting is allowed on Sundays on private property with the written permission of the owner.

For more information on state hunting permits, seasons and regulations, download the “2019 Hunting & Trapping Guide” from CT DEEP here.

Construction at the Hamburg Recycling Center

Starting today, Friday, Sep. 13, construction at the Hamburg Recycling Center will temporarily change the location of the recycling dumpsters. The dumpsters will temporarily be relocated next to the road salt building and residents will not need to use stairs to access them:

  • There will be a large dumpster for recycling corrugated cardboard.
  • There will be smaller, separate dumpsters for recycling paper, plastics, metal and glass.
  • There will be a town employee on hand to assist residents on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

As always:

  • All recyclable items should be empty, rinsed, clean and open.
  • All recyclable items must be sorted into the appropriate bins.
  • No household garbage or unrecyclable materials can be accepted or left at the recycling center. 


Bow Hunting Season for Turkey & Deer To Begin in Lyme Preserves on Sep. 15

Bow hunting season for turkey and deer is about to begin in several Lyme preserves. Hikers and other residents using these preserves during hunting season are encouraged to practice caution and wear bright colors.  It is a good idea to wear bright colors in all preserves during hunting seasons as adjacent public and private lands may allow hunting.  

Bow-hunting season for deer and turkey will run from Sep. 15 through Nov. 19, then resume again from Dec. 25 through Jan. 31 – with hunting permitted Monday through Thursday, from a half-hour before sunrise to sunset, in the following preserves:

  • Beebe Preserve
  • Chestnut Hill Preserve
  • Eno Preserve
  • Hand Smith
  • Honey Hill Preserve
  • Jewett Preserve
  • Mount Archer Woods
  • Pickwick’s Preserve
  • Plimpton Preserve
  • Slawson Preserve

The preserves, which are owned by the Town of Lyme or the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, will remain open to everyone during bow hunting season for turkey and deer. Please note that no hunting is allowed in these preserves on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.

Permits for hunting on these preserves are granted by the Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator each year to a limited number of licensed hunters. The hunting program for this year is fully subscribed. (For more information on hunting programs and seasons, go here.)