Oct 7th was NSNA’s first volunteer trail maintenance day for the upcoming season. The work was coordinated in conjunction with the DCR and Essex County Greenbelt (ECTA).
A dozen volunteers tackled three projects: restoration work on the Asbury Loop Trail in Bradley Palmer, site preparation for installation of a sign kiosk in Bradley Palmer that was fabricated and donated by NSNA, and restoration work on ECGA’s Pingree Woodland Trail.
At Bradley Palmer, we worked to maintain the trail improvement project that we completed last year. Water bars were cleaned, and the trail surface was regraded. We will be doing some additional work with the help of the DCR on the upper section of the trail.
Volunteers also cleared an area for the new kiosk which will be located at the east end of the footbridge over the Ipswich River. The new kiosk will allow for a winter trail use map.
The Pingree Woodland Trail runs between Pingree School and Appleton Grass Rides. Our work was primarily the removal of boulders exposed on the trail surface. Last season, it was difficult for our groomer to get over the exposed boulders and skiers would often hit them while skiing. The boulders were removed and the holes were filled and compacted.
Our volunteers deserve a big thanks for the hard work they put in during the day. Thank you to William Mead, Scott Skinner, Andrew Mott, Chris Fauste, Tom Beard, Cindy Woods, Natalie Medici, Michael Woods, Brian Lawney, Greg Horner, Tom Catalano, and John Kenney!
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