Save the Dates! Two West River Trail Workdays Scheduled

West River TrailTwo West River Trail Work Days scheduled:

Thursday, June 9, 4 PM
Remove/control Japanese Knotweed on the cobblestone shoreline of the Riverstone Preserve.  Meet at the Marina Trailhead. Bring water, work gloves, snack, bug dope, wear work boots.  We have tools, but bring your own if you prefer–shovel and loppers. Help keep the Riverstone Preserve beautiful and able to support its native plants! Contact for more information on the June 9 workday.

Saturday, July 23, 9 AM
Meet at the  Fox Farm Rd access.  We will replace a culvert, work on drainage issues and do more work on removal and control of invasive plants.  More information to come. Contact for more information on the July 23 workday.

Many hands make light work!  Please join us!

Thank you for considering coming out to help maintain the beautiful West River Trail!


West River Trail Work Day Nov 1

West River Trail Work Day Nov 1

west river trail signSave the date and come on out to our West River Trail Work Day!
Saturday, Nov 1, 10 AM to 1 PM.
Meet at the Marina Trailhead & bring boots, gloves and water
We have plenty of tools, but if you prefer, bring your own shovel, iron rake, hand saw, clippers or leaf rake. It should be light work– mostly drainage clean out and pruning as needed. Hopefully it will be a great fall day on the trail!
Bring a friend and join the work party! Questions? Please email Jason at See you on the trail!

West River Trail Workday Sunday Nov 3 at 10 AM

West River Trail Workday Sunday Nov 3 at 10 AM

wrt 5Happy Fall!  We hope you can join us for an upcoming West River Trail Workday.
When: Sunday November 3, 2013 at 10 AM
Where: Meet up at the southern Marina trailhead
Who: All are welcome to join in, even just to chat, take pictures or lend moral support to the effort.
What: A bit of cleanup of the trail to get it ready for the winter – cleaning out some culverts, removing a few logs, putting up some new signs. This is all light work and should be quick with many hands.
Hiking shoes and gloves are advised. We have the tools.

Come and hear about future plans and help open a couple of trails to the river. The West River Trail now includes a new 21 acre piece of land along the river, The Riverstone Preserve. Get a close-up view of the bridge construction and hear about what the Agency of Transportation is doing and how the West River Trail will benefit.

Everyone is welcome to join us at the Marina afterwards for a beer or a hot drink.

Posted on behalf of Jason Cooper & Peter Yost.
Contact Jason at with any questions.

West River Trail Work Updates

West River Trail Work Updates

Many thanks to all volunteers and helpers for contributing precious time and hard labor to help improve and clean up the West River Trail. A tremendous amount of clean-up work has been accomplished on the trail! The major task of removing huge quantities of trail-side metal debris was achieved with the hands of many individuals and with the help of some very large equipment and machinery.

A big thanks to Jason Evans for removing the junk cars, repairing the access road from Rice Farm Road and doing some resurfacing work. Big thanks also to Bob Spencer of WSWMD for the donation of a dumpster, delivering it to the site and hauling away all the scrap metal and junk cars.

Trail Work Day on Saturday, May 11th

Trail Work Day on Saturday, May 11th

Spring has arrived—Hurray!  And so the time has come to get back out on the Lower Section of the West River Trail and continue cleaning it up and improving it!

Our next Volunteer Work Day  is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Meet up with Jason Cooper and other volunteers at the Trail Head near the Marina. Please wear your work boots and bring work gloves, loppers, shovels, other tools you think would be useful. Bring water and snacks. We will have an ATV with a trailer and will continue to haul out debris from that “dump” area.  We will also do some drainage work in wet areas.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

WRT Lower Section News Update

So, what’s new with the West River Trail lower section?  

Work Days are being scheduled!!! 

Recent visitors to trail.

To volunteer to work on the trail, keep your eyes open for dates on our website:  Our plan is to begin working on the trail surface with donated surepack, start putting in kiosks, begin bridge work, and remove more trash and debris along the trail.

A lot has been going on behind the scenes, that is not visible as you play on the trail.  Here are some examples…

  • Our dedicated fundraising committee put together an appeal recently, which you may have received.  We hope you can make a donation if you haven’t yet!
  • We have been communicating with VTrans about trail use while the I-91 bridge is being rebuilt during 2014-2015, and trail improvement up to and under the bridges once the work is completed. .
  • We have been working with the Brattleboro listers to get the WRT on the tax map and have requested a tax waiver as a non-profit public use property owner.
  • We have been meeting property owners whose land abuts the WRT from the Nature Conservancy parking lot on Rice Farm Rd to the quarry to discuss the existence of  the West River Trail and future work on that section of trail.
  • Chris Thomas of Pleasant Valley Yardworks has been keeping the trail along the west side of Rice Farm Rd mowed.
  • Rachel Zamore has been volunteering her time to do a title search to uncover ownership of the West River Railroad bed from the quarry, where our deed ends, 10 miles to the north.
  • A feasibility study was completed for a pedestrian bridge from the WRT to the West River Park.  Tom Brown volunteered his time and expertise to do this for us.
  • Tom Brown also voluntarily completed a feasibility study for a rail with trail from the train station in downtown Brattleboro along the Connecticut River to the West River.
  • Mike Cersosimo agreed to donate 2 loads of surepak (18 tons!) for trail surface improvement.  Thank you Mike!
  • Dennis Smith will donate his backhoe and his time to help move the surepak to the trail, and has offered a place to unload it until it can be spread.
  • We have chosen a design for kiosks at the Rice Farm Rd and Marina ends of the trail.
  • Home Depot in Keene, NH has offered a 20% discount on materials for building kiosks and picnic tables.
  • A new appraisal was done on the 20 acre parcel of land along the river, 1 mile north of the I-91 bridge, that we are looking to acquire.
  • Eli Gould did a drawing for the bridge needed at mile 5, where the trail crosses a brook entering the river along Rice Farm Rd.  We hope to get the abutments in place (granite stones) before winter.
  • New trail maps have been printed, distributed to various businesses and organizations around Brattleboro, and are available for download off the website!  Thank you Jeff Nugent for creating the maps!
  • We’re updating and improving the website.  It will soon have capability for viewers to add comments and photos!

Notice:  If you are walking the trail with your dog, please clean up after it.  More trail users equals more dogs equals more waste on the trail.  Please be considerate of all trail users.  Thank you!

We welcome donations of money, materials, time and talent!  We are pushing to meet our fundraising goal of $35,000 in order to receive the Thompson Trust grant.  It is now easy to contribute on our website  Please let us know if you have time and talent to give, for trail work, participation on a trail improvement task force, website updating, newsletter writing, title searching, fund and friendraising… other ideas, let us know!  There are many ways to contribute.  We look forward to seeing you on the trail!

Editor, Kathleen White