Successful Trail Work Day, October 20, on the Lower Section of the West River Trail!

west-river-trail-nov-2018 - 1Charlie, 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!

Riverstone Preserve Trail Closure

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RIVERSTONE PRESERVE TRAIL CLOSURE UPDATE! The West River Trail will be open again from the Marina trail head to the Rice Farm Rd trail head, starting Wednesday, Sept 5, for the rest of the week and until further notice. The trails on the Riverstone Preserve will be closed this Wednesday and Thursday, due to the invasive plant treatment. There will be signage explaining which trails are closed.

There will most likely be more trail closures announced during the fall for this purpose.

Thank you for your patience!

RIVERSTONE PRESERVE TRAIL CLOSURE

The Friends of the West River Trail received a grant from the USDA and have hired Long View Forest, Inc to treat Bittersweet, Multiflora Rose, Black Swallowort, Buckthorn, Japanese Barberry (and possibly a few others).

Monday, Sept 3 and Tuesday, Sept 4 the Riverstone Preserve portion of the West River Trail will be closed for treatment on invasive plants. The main West River Trail will be closed where it passes along the Riverstone Preserve. Trails within the Riverstone Preserve will be closed. There will be signs at the trailheads at the Marina and Rice Farm Road, and at either end of the section of the Main trail that will be closed. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

West River Trail Workday Report

 

WRT trail workday June 2017Huge 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.
WRT trail workday June 2017 - 2
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 lowersection@gmail.com with any questions.

 

West River Trail Improvements

West River Trail Improvements

West River Trail Summer - 1This summer, work on the lower section of the West River Trail will greatly improve the trail.

A crew from Vermont Youth Conservation Corps will be working on the trail June 22nd through July 10th. They will be building stone steps down to the river, cutting new trails and improving drainage. Most of their work will be on the Riverstone Preserve, about 1/2 mile North of the Interstate bridge. If you are out on the trail, please stop and say hello!

In addition, there will be trail improvements through the generosity of Jason Evans Construction who will be bringing in equipment to haul and grade several tons of surface material to fill in muddy and rutted areas. This work will begin sometime after July 5th. Please be careful using the trail near this work.

A huge thanks to the VYCC Crew and to Jason Evans & Crew for the help. Enjoy the trail!

West River Trail Improvements

West River Trail Improvements

Conservation 11 Youth Crew  L to R back row: Henderson Ramirez, Beth Maguire, Hannah Chitambar, Nate Keeney Front: Altanai Winston, Ellen Holmes (crew leader), Chris Wu (assistant crew leader)

Conservation 11 Youth Crew
L to R back row: Henderson Ramirez, Beth Maguire, Hannah Chitambar, Nate Keeney
Front: Altanai Winston, Ellen Holmes (crew leader), Chris Wu (assistant crew leader)

A huge thanks to local volunteers and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) for the many trail improvements accomplished in June and July.

On June 15. a small, but dedicated team of volunteers worked hard to clear stumps that had come up in the new section of trail . They also improved drainage from the bridge up to the Fox Farm Road right-of-way. Thanks to Jason Cooper and Diana and Hank Lange.

From June 30-July 11, 2014, the VYCC crew completed many projects and did a terrific job while here for 2 weeks . They replaced two drainage culverts on the trail adjacent to the Riverstone Preserve, which stood up very well to the torrential downpour we had a few days later. The crew was very happy to get to see how the work they did on the culverts would perform in such an extreme condition. They also cleared a lot of the knotweed from the bank of the river, completed a new section of trail on the Riverstone Preserve that includes a 30′ raised walk over a chronically wet section and demolished an old shed that was falling down. Thanks so much to the VYCC crew for doing an excellent job to improve the West River Trail.

Thanks to Jason Cooper for the work reports and for all his good work to improve the lower section of the West River Trail. Take a run, walk or ride on the trail soon and check out all the improvements!

End of Season Vermont Youth Conservation Corps Report

End of Season Vermont Youth Conservation Corps Report

wrt bridge 2 july 2013Last summer, major trail improvements were the result of the hard work of a crew from the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. Click the link below to read the end of season report on the VYCC crew time spent on the West River Trail this year. Many thanks to Keegan Tierney, Operations Director and the fabulous VYCC crew!
VYCC Report 2013 Friends of the West River

West River Trail Work Completed by the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

West River Trail Work Completed by the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

Recent West River Trail improvements are the result of the hard work of a crew from the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. In their three weeks on the West River Trail, the crew rebuilt the bridge by the beaver dam, including stone work underneath, new locust posts set on new stone pilings and lashed railings in place. Wooden mile marker posts have been set every ½ mile, more drainage work was completed, all the old car metal debris and tires have been hauled away and a 1/2 mile of new trail will be cleared, north of the Rice Farm Rd Trailhead, on The Nature Conservancy land. A big thanks to Corps crew members Roslyn Peters, Emma Rubalcava, Gray Barret, Dylan Berger, Amelia Barton, Kate Stevens, Nick Martiros and Zach Sullivan and crew leaders Brittany Kusserow and Alec Harris of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps for their good work.