Letter: Conservation Commission says thanks


Editor of the Reformer:

The Chesterfield Conservation Commission would like to acknowledge the support of our volunteers, our dedicated bridge builders, the Town of Chesterfield and the financial support from The Quabbin-to Cardigan Partnership Trail Grants. These small trail grants are offered to specifically support the development, improvement, maintenance and protection of hiking trails in the Q2C region. The Commission has been very fortunate to be the recipient of several small trail grants.

The Chesterfield Conservation Commission has developed and maintains three different major trail projects with partners: the Friedsam Town Forest (220 acres with 4 miles of trails); the Madame Sherri Forest (owned by the Forest Society) which connects to the James O'Neil, Sr. Forest (513 acres with 7 trails); and 6 acres of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Keene Connector Trail. These trails link the Wantastiquet State Forest to Pisgah State Park and the California Brook Natural Area (6,000 acres) as part of the Greenway link between Brattleboro, Vermont, and Keene, N.H. Two of our responsibilities are managing town land and developing open space recreational opportunities through construction and maintenance of hiking trails. We are currently in the process of improving walkways and bridges in both the Friedsam Town Forest and in the James O'Neil, Sr. Forest on the popular Ann Stoke's Loop Trail.

Sunday, October 11 was a perfect day of sunshine, leaves and volunteers who joined in to carry the rough hemlock boards to the work sites. This volunteer effort will allow Lew Shelley (SnowHawk LLC) to improve two new walkways on the current trail systems. Later this month, Rob Koning (KonTech Design) will be improving the decking and rails on the Ravine Bridge in the Friedsam Town Forest.

Big thanks to the Friedsam Town Forest Crew: Jon and Val Starbuck, Ken Walton, Graham Golden, Joslin Frank, Kathy Thatcher, and Greg Hammett with his cross country helpers from the Chesterfield School, Tanner and Jeremy Faucher and Melanie and Jacob Migneault.

Big thanks to the James O'Neil, Sr. Forest crew, Patti and John Hudachek, Phil Hueber, Steve Lowe and the kindness of hikers found in the Madame Sherri Forest, Anna and Jake.

Nice trail work, folks.

Lynne Borofsky Chesterfield Conservation Commission, Oct. 14


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