Wednesday morning some very hard workers volunteered to help trim and prune a one-mile stretch of the North Trail of the Greenway Preserve. This Earthkeepers initiative started out at 8:30 am with Kathy Russell, Manager of the Greenway, leading the way. Using loppers, hand clippers and a couple of machetes (handled very carefully by those who knew how), the trail was trimmed backed gently to 12-feet wide.
Some have asked, “Why 12 feet?” Well, according to the Greenway Master Plan, the 12-foot span allows the passage of small trucks when spraying and removal of invasive species is necessary.
While at the present time, it is an arduous task to hand trim the entire Greenway, Wednesday’s event allowed us to trim this particular path in an aesthetic manner – and keep wildlife protected from the mechanized maintenance. The City machinery may need to be used in the fall, but Earthkeepers will try to work with personnel to manage the process as eco-friendly as possible.
The Earthkeepers initiative was so successful that another date has been set for this Saturday, September 24th at 9:00 am. Volunteers will meet at the Residence Inn entrance on Sadler. Drive behind the hotel and you will see parking spots designated for the Greenway. Please bring your own tools if you have them, gloves, and your enthusiasm! Dress to protect yourself from sun and bugs (though we didn’t encounter any on Wednesday), and bring bug spray. Kathy will supply drinking water. You can also take a free swim at the Rec Center after the trimming.
So today Earthkeepers thanks Ken and Elizabeth Wilson, Faith Ross, Michael Leary, Chris Occhuizzo, and Griffin Bowen, who is also a town lifeguard.
Add your name to the volunteer effort on Saturday, and be part of the “cast” party. Earthkeepers members are also needed to help with a booth at the Centre Street Farmers Market, Saturday morning, October 1st. To volunteer for either event, send an email to Anna!