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April 28, 2016 Cold Harbor Trail- the floating bridge on the Cold Harbor trail is on our list of projects this year. The oak planks that were installed a few years ago have not lasted as long as we had hoped. New trail bridges and some new pontoon floats will be put in place as part of an Eagle Scout project this summer.
May 24, 2013
Thanks to the hard work of Eagle scout candidate Chris Lang and his volunteers, there's a new trail in place in the woods behind the Assabet Park playground/splashpad area. Chris' mentor on the project is NTC volunteer Marielle Stone. Chris and Marielle worked together to design a multi-loop trail through the woods that maximizes the space and provides a beautiful view of the forest. Last weekend Chris and Marielle painted blazes on the trees and this weekend Chris will work with NTC volunteer Forest Lyford to build an information kiosk to be installed at the trail head.
November 27, 2012
Hikers, be aware that the loop off the Cold Harbor trail (called Beaver Loop) has a "widow maker" hazard hanging about 35 feet up in a red maple. The dangerous limb is hanging directly above the trail about 200 yards into the trail. I crossed some sticks across the trail and tied a few scraps of pink ribbon on the sticks to make people aware of the hazard. I hope to get out to this tree and remove the widow maker in the next few days. Sincerely, Bob.
The Wegmans trail marker for the Fitness Passport has been vandalized. This trail marker was located at the North View of Mt. Pisgah. The entire 4x4 post that was anchored in concrete was ripped out of the ground and thrown some where in the woods. The trail marker plaque was taken off the post about two weeks earlier.
I received some feedback from a hiker wondering why the trails near Juniper Lane were not being mowed. These trails are in Westborough and are under Mass Wildlife management. I contacted the district supervisor for the area about the mowing and was informed that the trails will be mowed sometime after July 15th. The reason these trails are not mowed sooner is to allow ample time for grass and shrub-nesting bird species to fledge their young.
There are several miles of paths through this area that are currently in great shape even without the mowing. Hikers, runners, etc. can enter the area either from Juniper Lane or off Rt. 135 near the Northborough/Westborough town line and take the paths all the way over to Little Chauncy Pond on Lyman St. where there are more trails connecting over to the Cedar Hill area.
On Saturday afternoon, Forest and I built 7 12 foot long sections of boardwalk, each 2 feet wide, that can be installed in some perpetually muddy areas. I'm contacting the local scout troops to see if they want to do some installations. Three or four need to go on Cold Harbor trail before the floating bridge and 1 or 2 need to go on Bird Song trail.