Can you imagine Candlewood Lake without any forested areas on its shoreline? Development threatens our remaining forested lands, but the Candlewood Lake Authority is working on protecting as much of that land as possible.
Right now, Candlewood Lake has roughly 1,600 private residences along its shores, but it also has some vital stretches of remaining natural land. This undeveloped land is critical to the health of Candlewood Lake.
Natural lands provide so many benefits. They slow and filter water runoff when it rains, helping to ensure that the cleanest water enters Candlewood Lake. Natural lands also offer vital habitat for numerous animals, including many birds such as osprey and American Bald Eagles. A natural shoreline also offers habitat for species that live in the water along the shoreline, which are aided from the shade from overhanging trees and bushes that cool warming summer waters.
It's all about balance, and having natural lands such as Vaughn's Neck are not only beautiful to look at while enjoying the Lake, but they provide much needed environmental benefits for Candlewood Lake's ecosystem.
Vaughn's Neck runs down the center of Candlewood Lake in the northern half, and is the largest, undeveloped area on Candlewood.