Many thanks to our dedicated trail workday volunteers!
Eight volunteers had a beautiful morning on the Riverstone Preserve on Sunday, September 26. The air was cool and fresh, the West River sparkling in the sunshine, and leaves were floating down. Starting at the north end, we walked the loop trail and pulled mostly Oriental Bittersweet seedlings growing along the trail edge. As we pulled, we also identified interesting plants, with the help of local botanist Mike Duffy. Having completed the interior of the loop on our work day a month ago, we worked our way beyond the south leg of the trail, finding copious amounts of bittersweet seedlings to pull. Very gratifying.
Many thanks to our volunteers: Diana Clark, Mike Duffy, Hank Lange, Eric Pofcher, Jesse Wagner, Kathleen White , and Jerelyn and Alex Wilson! Look for the announcement about our next invasives work day. All are welcome to join.
Thanks to Diana Clark for the photos.
Come learn to identify plants (especially invasive plants) and help remove them from the Riverstone Preserve at the same time!
The Friends of the West River Trail are hosting a volunteer work day on Sunday, August 1 from 9:30 am to 1 pm.
Dan Healey of LongView Forest (whose crew has been working on invasive mitigation on the RP for the last 3 summers) will be there to help us with identification and pulling methods. Mike Duffy, who is a botanist and has been creating an inventory of all the plants on the WRT will also be there.
Bring work gloves, water to drink, a snack, and a plastic trash bag. We will meet where the Fox Farm Rd access road meets the West River Trail, near the northern border of the Riverstone Preserve. For questions and to let us know you are coming, email email@example.com.
Thanks and we hope to see you there!
Volunteers needed for West River Trail work day!
Wednesday May 15
4 PM to 6:30 PM
We will meet at 3:45 PM on Wednesday, May 15 at the Marina Trailhead and plan to head out on the trail at 4 PM. We will mostly be doing drainage clearing, though a few people will be chainsawing downed logs. All in all the trail is in great shape, but we need to clear the leaves and debris out of the drainage ditches along the wetter areas of the trail. Bring mud boots, gloves, bug dope, water and an iron rake or hoe if you have one. We have extra tools, if needed. Optional gathering at the Marina Restaurant afterwards! For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working out on the trail with you!
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!
Pat LaBelle, a happy brush trimmer, photo by Kathleen White
A post was set at the Rice Farm Rd Trailhead, photo by Kathleen White
Thank you to our work day volunteers! We so appreciate the work of Pat LaBelle, Risha Gordon, Bill Dixon and Orlando who joined members of the lower section steering committee–Jason Cooper, Malcolm Moore, Matt Mann, Wendy Harrison and Kathleen White. Thank you all!
Tasks accomplished: A post was set at the Rice Farm Rd trail head, grass and brush was trimmed along the overgrown section of trail under the power lines, drainage ditches were cleared of leaves and debris, a few fallen trees were sawed and removed from trail, and caution signs were placed at washout areas on the Fox Farm Road access trail.
After all the tasks were completed, our work day organizer, Jason Cooper found time for some fun and created this stump jump!
Photo by Kathleen White
Photo by Kathleen White
Jason Cooper also discovered evidence of beavers hard at work and Wendy Harrison found an “ice leaf” while working on the trail.
Ice leaf found by Wendy Harrison.
Now that the I-91 heavy equipment is all gone, the next phase of construction work moves in along the West River Trail. Photo by Jason Cooper
Three intrepid West River Trail volunteers successfully moved a huge boulder about 2 feet to get it out of the trail, using only pry bars, brute strength and ingenuity! Hurray!
Our next workday is Saturday, November 18, 10 AM-2 PM, weather permitting. Click link for more details – West River Trail Workday.
Hope to see you on the trail!
Thanks to Malcolm Moore for the photos.
We will meet at the Marina trail head on Saturday Nov 18 at 9:45 and begin our walk in at 10 AM. We will be working on clearing leaves from drainage ditches and culverts, clearing a few trees off the trail, putting up caution signs on the Fox Farm Road trail access road and whatever else we see that needs doing.
Wear your boots, work gloves and warm clothes; bring water and a snack, rakes and shovels. We will have tools as well. Stay for as long as you can. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to RSVP. We look forward to working with you on this beautiful trail! Thank you in advance! (Our sincere apologies to anyone who showed up on October 29. We forgot to announce that we needed to cancel. We’ll not let that happen again!)
Our sincere apologies to anyone who showed up on October 29. We forgot to announce that we needed to cancel. We’ll not let that happen again!
The new date is (weather permitting) Saturday Nov 18. We’ll meet at the Marina Trailhead at 9:45 and begin our walk in at 10 AM. Contact email@example.com with questions or to RSVP. More info on this post.
Huge thanks to the 5 volunteers who showed up to help repair the West River Trail.
Below is Jason Cooper’s report from the Trail Work Day.
We got an incredible amount done today!
Repaired erosion on the steeps of the I-91 bridge bypass.
Trimmed back brush and grass on the bypass.
Cleaned out and repaired many culverts from I-91 (mile 2) to just before mile 3.8.
Removed many downed trees.
Filled many holes in the trail.
The biggest surprise was the incredible washout on the Fox Farm Road access. It is as bad as it was after Hurricane Irene. This will take some structural redesign. There is also still some work to do between mile 3.8 and the foot bridge at mile 4.1, and a ditch at mile 2.8. Beyond the foot bridge there are several erosion cuts in the trail bed that will need fill trucked in.
Photos are on the Fox Farm Road trail access. Photos by Jason Cooper. The trail really needs your help! If you use the trail regularly, please consider lending a hand on the next workday or making a contribution to help maintain the trail. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
If you like and use the trail, we need your help!
Please come help repair the damage from last Monday’s storm. If you have a shovel or iron rake, please bring it along. Meet at the Fox Farm Rd Trail Access and stay as long as you like. Hope to see you there!