Archive for June, 2019

Eagle Scout Project at Indian Meadow

Eagle Scout candidate, Michael Collen, has completed his project at our Indian Meadow nature area.  The land trust has owned the 34-acre Indian Meadow property for more than 30 years, but had not developed it for public use due to difficult access issues.  The access at White Oak Dr. has a steep slope and a stream crossing just down from the road.  Michael’s project has made public access from White Oak Dr. safe and inviting.  Last year, he completed a bridge crossing over the stream and this summer he completed steps leading down from the road to his bridge.

Michael and his dad finishing up work on his bridge, summer, 2018.
Michael’s completed project
The steps and footbridge make for easy access to the area’s trail system

Michael’s work opened the way for the land trust to develop a 2-mile trail system at Indian Meadow and to manage it for conservation purposes.  Now that the project has been completed, the area is ready for public use.

We thank you, Michael, for the great work you did.






Improvements made by volunteers in 2019

The Harwinton Land Trust continually maintains and improves its properties with volunteers.  Last year, land trust volunteers worked on our nature areas for a total of 599 hours on 68 separate days.  Harwinton prides itself on the high level of volunteerism from its residents, and our land trust exemplifies the good things that can be accomplished with volunteers.

Help from the Wilderness School

Once again, the Land Trust received volunteer help from the Wilderness School.   On July 9th, kids and their counselors moved nearly 5 yards of gravel 1,000 ft. or more to sometimes muddy sections of trail at Meadowview.  Land trust directors Steve Craig, Eric Rahn, and Bob Orciari worked alongside them.  As usual, the kids did a great job and now the entire trail should provide dry walking even during wet times of the year.

The Wilderness School is run by the CT DCF, and is intended to instill confidence and self-reliance in the kids who attend.  This was the sixth consecutive year that we received help from the Wilderness School.   As part of the program, kids spend one day in community service.  We feel that it’s an excellent program and hope our strong relation with the Wilderness School continues.

Spring Work Parties

This past spring, the land trust held four work parties (Indian Meadow on 4/27, Bull Pond on 5/4, Forever Forest on 5/11, and Meadowview on 5/18). Work included trail improvements, installing park benches, mulching gardens, planting shrubs for wildlife conservation, and expansion of a pollinator meadow. The land trust wishes to thank all 24 volunteers who came out to help at our work parties: Kenn Baldwin, Bruce Baldwin, Paul Begley, Frank Buonocore, Karen Burnett, Brandon Burton, Brian Burton, John Chevalier, Bob Clark, Larry Connors, Cathy Cook, Steve Craig, Celeste Echlin, Bob Hart, Steve Kaczynski, Karen Kelleher, Dan Lyga, Matt O’Connell, Bob Orciari, Donna Potwin, Eric Rahn, Elaine Sederquist, Bill Tracy, and Sam Walker.  We had fun and got to make new friends  who share a love of the outdoors.