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   18. TRADE WIND FIELDS PRESERVE

Size
71.8 acres

 

Description                                                                                                                               
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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Uses
nature study, hiking, picnicking, mountain-biking, horseback-riding, dog-walking (except on runway and taxiway), cross-country skiing, scenic vista, universal access (difficult terrain).

Access
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.

Historical Highlights

  • "in the 1800s, the preserve was a successful dairy farm run by the Chase family; this property also included part of the Farm Neck golf course

  • "in 1930 the Chase family sold the farm to Antone Sanchos, who started the first Vineyard repair shop forairplanes and opened up one of the fields for airplanes; in the 1950s retired United States Air Force Captain Carolyn Cullen and Rachel William formed the Trade Wind Flying Service here


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Features

biking hiking picnicing mountain bikinghorseback riding dog walking