Archive for May, 2015

New Observation Deck at Forever Forest

Thank you Eagle Scout Alex

The Land Trust wishes to thank Harwinton resident, Alex Colombie for completing his Eagle Scout project at Forever Forest. His project to construct an observation deck with a bench overlooking a large marsh is an important addition to the area’s trail system. A great deal of planning and effort went into his project. Just to get the tools and building materials to the location required that he and a half dozen other scouts had to lug heavy lumber a quarter mile in through the woods. Each scout had to make six trips back and forth, which means they had to hike a total of three miles–even before they could start work on the deck! Alex and his friends should be proud of the good work they did to benefit the residents of our town.

Alex and other scouts completed the work on May 2, 2015.

Alex and other scouts completed the work on May 2, 2015.

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Alex drilled the last screw in at 3 PM after starting work 8 in the morning.

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Alex with his proud parents, Geoff and Liz

Spring Clean-up at Bull Pond

We held our first work party of 2015 at Bull Pond on April 25. We had a big turnout, and for once we had great weather for working in the woods. All together, we had 14 people volunteer their time to help make improvements!

All of the work was done from the open area across from the Fairgrounds up to the pond overlook on the white trail. A wide variety of tasks was completed including:

  • planting perennials and a flowering crabapple by the wildlife observation deck,
  • planting/trimming/cutting trees,
  • making steps out of sliced tree trunks and placing them over soggy sections of trail,
  • pulling lily tubers from shore,
  • removing piles of slash near the map sign,
  • placing boulders around the sign garden and at eroded sections of shore, and
  • mulching around the sign garden, the deck, and around the blueberry bushes and mountain laurel planted along shore last spring.

The appearance of the area continues to improve after being devastated by the 2009 wind storm. The area is attractive for public use and it’s gratifying to see so many people enjoying the area.

Bill Linquist

A Land Trust volunteer plants a white pine seedling.

 

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