Cedar Meadows
Cedar Road, Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut
2 acres

Acquired: 2000-2001

Conservation Commission


Directions:

US 95 north to exit 20; turn right onto Bronson Road; turn left onto Cedar Road soon after reaching Hill Road; the meadows are located on the right (south) side of the road across from Cedar Lane.


Trails:

11/14/2005. This is a small meadow, part of it a wet meadow. There are some informal paths through the meadow. We parked by the sign for the meadows and walked east parallel to Cedar Road. Toward the end of the meadow, turned right and walked along a very small informal path that soon became wet. Came to a small pond in the southeast section of the meadow. At the pond, we turned right to walk west along the woods edge. Turned right again to complete the rectangular loop trail. Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney, 11/14/2005


Trees:
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus flagellaris (northern dewberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Herbs:
(Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Apocynum sp. (dogbane) lots
Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress)
Galium sp. (bedstraw)
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed)
Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)
Pycnanthemum sp. (mountain mint)
Rumex crispus (curled dock)
Solanum carolinense (horse nettle)
Solidago sp. (goldenrod)
Vernonia noveboracensis (New York ironweed) ?
(vetch)

Rushes:
Juncus canadensis (Canada rush)
Juncus effusus (soft rush)
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Carex crinita (fringed sedge)
Carex laxiflora type (loose-flowered sedge type)
Carex lurida (sallow sedge)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Grasses:
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass) ?
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Schizachyrium scoparium (little blue stem grass)
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)
Setaria glauca (yellow foxtail grass)
Tridens flavus (purple top grass)