LONDONDERRY — Join the Green Mountain Club and explore the West River Trail on Saturday, Feb.16, 2019. Participants are meeting 1 p.m. in the old railroad depot building at the corner of Rt 100 and West River Street in South Londonderry, then carpooling to the trail head. Depending on snow cover, snowshoe or hike with traction on the level railroad bed of the old West River Railroad on this northernmost part of the West River Trail. This is an easy, beginner hike. RSVP to Dale Malekoff at 802-824-5030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As 2018 draws to a close, we invite you to include the Friends of the West River Trail in your year-end giving.
At a recent meeting of the Lower Section Steering Committee, we paused to take stock of all that has been accomplished this year and acknowledge how good we are feeling about the trail. The trail is in great shape, largely because of generous donations received from all of you.
With these funds, we were able to hire Jason Evans Excavation, this fall, to do major repairs to the large, deep washouts on the trail access from Fox Farm Road. He also fixed some smaller washouts along the trail under the power lines and added gravel to widen and improve the trail surface there.
Other accomplishments in 2018:
- Two productive volunteer trail work days in the spring and the fall.
- Recent receipt of a permit from the Town of Dummerston to reconstruct the kiosk at the Rice Farm Road trail head. The kiosk will be set in place next spring.
- With funds from a USDA grant, we hired Long View Forest to treat the invasives on the Riverstone Preserve this fall. 90% of the buckthorn, barberry, multi-flora rose, oriental bittersweet and japanese knotweed was eradicated. The black swallow wort will be treated next spring/summer and we will receive more USDA funds to do follow up treatment in 2020.
- Jeff Nugent, of the Windham Regional Commission, updated the trail map, which will be found at the trail heads and around the community soon. (Printing generously donated by C&S Wholesale Grocers).
Your year-end gift will help us to continue our work on:
- Repair and maintenance of the trail surface and drainage culverts
- Control of invasive species in the Riverstone Preserve
- Protection of rare and endangered species along the trail
- Extension of the trail to the downtown Brattleboro railroad station, and south from there to the old railroad bridge that connects to a large network of New Hampshire trails
- Potential acquisition of additional land adjacent to the trail
- Creating and printing a map of the Riverstone Preserve Trails
- Promotion of trail usage through distribution of maps as well as through our website and Facebook page
- Amenities, such as benches along the trail, a picnic table near the I-91 bridge, and a shelter on the Riverstone Preserve
If you have not visited the trail recently, please do! The trail is seeing more and more usage, year-round, by hikers, runners, cyclists, skiers and snowshoers.
If you love the West River Trail and want to see it continue to be protected, improved and even extended, please support the Friends of the West River Trail with a generous donation. Click here to make a secure online donation. If you prefer to donate by check, please feel free to contact us at:
West River Trail, Lower Section, 138 Elliot St, Suite 3, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301.
With all best wishes,
FRIENDS OF THE WEST RIVER TRAIL
Lower Section steering committee:
- Lester Humphreys (chair)
- Jason Cooper
- Niko Malkovich
- Matt Mann
- Malcolm Moore
- Kathleen White
- Alex Wilson
- Orly Munzing
- Brett Morrison
- Marcia Steckler
- Tom Yahn
Charlie, Jennifer, Sue, Jason and Malcolm, our enthusiastic trail crew for the day, got a lot accomplished. They planted a post for the chain at the Rice Farm Road Trailhead and cleared the area for the new kiosk (for which we recently received approval from the Dummerston DRB!) Grass was trimmed and overgrown brush was pruned back a mile along the trail from each end. Drainage ditches and culverts were raked out, leaving the trail in good shape! A big thank you to our volunteers!
Save the dates! The Friends of the West River Trail, Weston Historical Society & The Londonderry Arts and Historical Society present:
Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, the first-ever documentary series about Vermont. All six chapters will be shown at the South Londonderry Railroad Depot; the first two episodes this Fall and the remaining chapters in 2019.
Part 1: “A Very New Idea”
Thursday, Nov. 15
Explores the roots from which the future state of Vermont grew, from Samuel Champlain to the Civil War.
Part 2: “Under the Surface”
Thursday, Nov. 29
Yes, quarrying, but also about social movements that have belied Vermont’s bucolic image.
South Londonderry Railroad Depot Route 100
Admission free; donations appreciated. For more information on the movie visit the Vermont Movie website.
On November 8, Jeff Nugent, a former volunteer with the U.S. National Park Service and presently a specialist with the Windham Regional Commission, will present “Grand Teton National Park: A Geographic Portrait” accompanied by beautiful images of this iconic locale.
Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 PM
South Londonderry RR Depot
Free Admission, donations appreciated
On October 20th, West River Valley Thrives (wrvthrives.com), a substance use education and prevention organization focusing primarily on youth, will host their 3rd annual costumed 5k run/walk along the West River Trail in Townshend, with registration starting at 9am. At 10 am, runners will race from the “Old Route 30” trailhead to the Townshend Dam Rec Area. At the finish there will be food, drinks, prizes and activities for everyone. Adults pay $20 to race and kids under 15 pay $15. Children under 5 run for free. Wear a costume – runner or not – and you might win a prize!
For more information and to register, visit West River Valley Thrives website at wrvthrives.com, scroll down and click on the registration button. You may also call Nick Plante at 802-365-4700.
This race is a fundraiser to benefit the programs of West River Valley Thrives, a youth substance use education and prevention organization in Townshend, Vermont, serving the upper West River Valley towns.
Impressive clean-up effort near the West River Trail! Click link for the full story on the Brattleboro Reformer website. Photo courtesy of the Brattleboro Reformer.
We are having a Trail Work Day on Saturday, October 20 from 10 AM to 2 PM. We will meet at the Rice Farm Road Trail head. We’ll be doing some trimming along the trail, weed whacking under the power lines, clearing drainage ditches of leaves and debris, planting a post, putting up some new signs, etc. Wear boots, bring water, snack, work gloves. We will have tools, but you are welcome to bring your own, such as a shovel, clippers, pruner, rake. Lunch will be provided. It will be fun! We look forward to seeing you and are so grateful for your help. For more information or to let us know you’re coming, contact us at: email@example.com. Thank you!
The River Loop on the Riverstone Preserve will be closed on September 29th for 1 day only. There will be signs about the closure posted at the junctions of this trail with the West River Trail, and at the Rice Farm Road and Marina trail heads. We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we deal with the important issue of invasive plant mitigation on this special piece of land between the river and the West River Trail.