Welcome to the Upcoming Events list for Northboro trail work. We are a group of regional volunteers that love to hike and maintain the trails of metrowest Boston, more specifically in and around Northborough, MA.
Get involved and come out to one of our events that includes trail maintenance, guided hikes, and a variety of other regional nature activities.
Several sections of trails need bridges to replace old planks or span muddy areas. Former Chairman Charlie Bradley came up with a great way to build a bunch of bridges simultaneously by building a 12x12 foot "deck" then cutting it into 2 or 3 foot sections to form the bridge.
If you want to help build a deck or two, meet in the parking lot behind the Northborough police station at 1:00 pm this Saturday (October 23rd) and we can build some bridges. We have the tools, but a few volunteers will be very helpful.
I'd like to get a few volunteers to help move some sections of boardwalk from Overlock Drive into the Edmunds Woods. The Northborough DPW kindly dropped off these sections for us, so all we need to do is position them over the swampy sections. Let's meet at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning at Overlock Dr.
The trails have mostly dried up from the record setting spring rain and are in fine hiking/biking condition.
We have a couple projects that need volunteers: on Bird Song trail, there's a long (three section) bridge that floated off it's blocks, so we're going to have to move that back. There are wood planks on Tall Grass trail near the Assabet River that need to be moved into the muddy areas of Bird Song/Coyote trails.
There was some vandalism of trailhead kiosks at Edmunds Woods and Cold Harbor. NTC volunteers will be working this summer to fix those. If you want to help, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Northborough Trail Committee booth at Applefest attracted a lot of people yesterday. Some folks were from neighboring towns who were unaware of the extensive trail system in Northborough, and others were long-time hikers on one particular trail looking to expand their repertoire. We talked to mountain bikers, snow shoers, skiers, walkers, people with pups, etc. I was handing out maps left and right and sensed a great deal of enthusiasm.
I'd like to thank all the NTC volunteers for making this such a great day. Earlier in the month, George had all the necessary materials printed and worked with the Applefest committee on the details for the booth. Claude, Scott, Nancy and Charlie were at the booth all day handing out materials and promoting the trail network.
It was great to see Art Cole (our Founder) who stopped by for a nice talk with the group.
I was out yesterday with the trimmer, clearing the weeds, grass, etc from Coyote Trail, Bird Song Trail and Tall Grass trail. I saw a few people on the trail and let them know they could stop by the NTC table at Applefest to get maps of all the trails and expert advice on pretty much anything.
Today, Jim Stone dropped the NTC Maintenance Trailer off at the model airplane field near Lil' Chauncy Pond. I ran the mower all around there and also the trimmer, so the area is now ready for the big influx of visitors that will certainly occur following Applefest. I spoke with Jim about the need for some sort of hedge trimmer attachment that could be added to the brush trimmer to cut the growth that hangs over the trail from above. I'm going to look into whether Honda makes such an attachment for our trimmer.