| 18. TRADE WIND FIELDS PRESERVE
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 efforts for the sandplain species --- purple tiger beetle, sandplain blue-eyed grass, purple needle grass, bearberry, wild indigo and sickle-leaf golden aster --- are underway.
The restoration effort is a dynamic process. Please stay on designated trails and follow all property rules as outlined in the posted signage.
A portion of the property continues to be used as an airstrip. Pilots are welcome to land here but must have an approved permission-to-land slip in advance; details may be obtained by telephoning the land bank office.
nature study, hiking, picnicking, mountain-biking, horseback-riding, dog-walking (except on runway and taxiway), cross-country skiing, scenic vista, universal access (difficult terrain).
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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