June 3, 2022 Charlotte Hood

Berkshire Natural Resources Council 2022 Summer Volunteer Workdays

Summer workdays are posted below!

Email RSVP to Charlotte at chood@bnrc.org

Fall workdays will be posted at the beginning of September.


JUNE STEWARDSHIP WORKDAYS

Corridor and cellar hole clearing at Steepletop, New Marlborough (10 volunteers)
Tuesday, June 21, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 

This workday will focus on clearing the trail corridor and the cellar hole along the 2.2-mile Edie’s Way Loop. Using hand tools such as loppers and handsaws we will ensure that the trail corridor is clear of debris and the cellar hole is clear of saplings.  

  1. Jeffrey Turner
  2. Gary Shalan
  3. John Lyons
  4. Tim O’Brien
  5. Rosemary O’Brien
  6. Nancy King
  7. Open slot
  8. Open slot
  9. Open slot
  10. Open slot

JULY STEWARDSHIP WORKDAYS

Habitat Restoration at The Boulders, Pittsfield (15 volunteers)
Saturday, July 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Join us in a continued effort to remove winged eunoymus (also known as burning bush) from the Blue and Red Trails at The Boulders reserve. We will hike in approximately 3/4 mile to the worksite. Participants will use hand tools such as loppers, shovels and handsaws.

Winged euonymus can negatively impact biodiversity in its non-native environment if left unchecked. By removing it, we are helping to restore habitat where a wide variety of plants can thrive.

  1. Jeffrey Turner
  2. Louise Lieblich
  3. Juliana Hektor
  4. Roxanne Reed
  5. Dave Quirk
  6. Rosemary McLaughlin
  7. Scout Swonger
  8. Charles Dutelle
  9. Gail Parker
  10. Stephen Veilleux
  11. Craig Wojcicki
  12. Erin Wojcicki
  13. Open slot
  14. Open slot
  15. Open slot

Corridor Clearing at Hallow Fields, Richmond (6 volunteers) AT CAPACITY
Friday, July 15, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm  

This workday will focus on clearing the trail corridor of the Perry’s Peak Loop. Participants will hike approximately 4 miles with a lot of elevation gain. Using hand tools such as loppers and handsaws we will ensure that the trail corridor and viewpoint are clear of debris. 

  1. Susan LeBourdais
  2. Albert Stern
  3. Gary Shalan
  4. John Lyons
  5. Bob Johnson
  6. John Kidd

Thomas & Palmer Trail Construction, Great Barrington (8 volunteers) AT CAPACITY
Wednesday, July 20, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 

Support BNRC’s trail crew in building a new trail at this popular reserve. Due to the complexity of the project, the workday tasks will be outlined closer to the event but will include corridor clearing, light trail surface cutting, or helping to carry decking materials for a bridge.

  1. Juliana Hektor
  2. David Dutra
  3. Jane Jacobs
  4. Jane Jacobs husband
  5. Nancy King
  6. Wendy Stebbins
  7. Robert Johnson
  8. Charles Dutelle

Field Maintenance at Steadman Pond, Monterey/Tyringham (12 volunteers)
Wednesday, July 27, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Join us in trimming back the woody debris that has grown up in the field adjacent to Steadman Pond. Using hand tools such as loppers, pruners, and hand saws participants will remove the woody growth so that it is fit for mowing maintenance for years to come.  

Mowing fields on conservation land may seem paradoxical to some. However, it is a management practice that is key to maintaining early successional habitat (grasslands, old fields, shrub thickets), a habitat type that is declining across the region. These areas provide excellent food and cover for many declining grassland bird species as well as songbirds, turkey, deer, rabbit, and many other species. 

  1. Susan LeBourdais
  2. Herm Ogulnick
  3. David Dutra
  4. Tim O’Brien
  5. Wendy Stebbins
  6. Charlie Dutelle
  7. John Lyons
  8. Diane Saunders
  9. Open slot
  10. Open slot
  11. Open slot
  12. Open slot

AUGUST STEWARDSHIP TEAM WORKDAYS

Trail Blazing on the Hoosac Range, North Adams (6 volunteers)
Saturday, August 6, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm  

Help future visitors enjoy this beautiful reserve by re-painting the blazes on the 3 miles of trails at the Hoosac Range Reserve. We will only be covering a section of the 3 mile out and back trail, walking 3 miles total.  

Your efforts will help future visitors easily navigate the trail. The clear markings help hikers enjoy their time outdoors without having to worry about whether they are still headed in the right direction. 

  1. Jeffrey Turner
  2. Louise Lieblich
  3. Scout Swonger
  4. Natalie Montoya Barnes
  5. Open slot
  6. Open slot

Trail Blazing on the Hoosac Range, North Adams (6 volunteers) AT CAPACITY
Tuesday, August 9, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm  

Help future visitors enjoy this beautiful reserve by re-painting the blazes on the 3 miles of trails at the Hoosac Range Reserve. In this workday, we will organize a shuttle connecting to the Hoosac Range trail via the Busby Trail in Savoy State Forest. We will hike 4.5 miles total. 

Your efforts will help future visitors easily navigate the trail. The clear markings help hikers enjoy their time outdoors without needing to worry about whether they are still headed in the right direction. 

  1. Susan LeBourdais
  2. Jeffrey Turner
  3. Juliana Hektor
  4. Kathleen Mosher
  5. David Dutra
  6. Tim O’Brien
  7. Rosemary O’Brien

Trail Blazing on the Hoosac Range, North Adams (4 volunteers) AT CAPACITY
Wednesday, August 17, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm  

Help future visitors enjoy this beautiful reserve by re-painting the blazes on the 3 miles of trails at the Hoosac Range Reserve. In this workday we will organize a shuttle connecting to the Hoosac Range trail via the Busby Trail in Savoy State Forest. We will hike 4.5 miles total.  

Your efforts will help future visitors easily navigate the trail. The clear markings help hikers enjoy their time outdoors without needing to worry about whether they are still headed in the right direction. 

  1. Steven Rogers
  2. David Dutra
  3. John Kidd
  4. Katherine Kidd

Thomas & Palmer Trail Construction, Great Barrington  (8 volunteers)
Saturday, August 27, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm  

Support BNRC’s trail crew in building a new trail at this popular reserve. Due to the complexity of the project the workday tasks will be outlined closer to the event but will include corridor clearing, light trail surface cutting, or helping to carry decking materials for a bridge.

  1. Juliana Hektor
  2. Sharon Siter
  3. Jeffrey Turner
  4. Scout Swonger
  5. Robert Johnson
  6. Charles Dutelle
  7. Open slot
  8. Open slot

Habitat Restoration at The Boulders, Pittsfield (15 volunteers)
Tuesday, August 30, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Join us in a continued effort to remove winged eunoymus (also known as burning bush) from the Blue and Red Trails at The Boulders reserve. We will hike in approximately 3/4 mile to the worksite. Participants will use hand tools such as loppers, shovels, and handsaws.

Winged euonymus can negatively impact biodiversity in its non-native environment if left unchecked. By removing it, we are helping to restore habitat where a wide variety of plants can thrive. 

  1. Jeffrey Turner
  2. Juliana Hektor
  3. Kathleen Mosher
  4. Wendy Stebbins
  5. Kathryn Wedderburn
  6. Charlie Dutelle
  7. John Kidd
  8. Open slot

Other Community Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • The Rusty Anvil is seeking a Volunteer Logistics Coordinator. Do you have experience with trip logistics planning and emergency coordination? They are looking for 1-2 volunteer for the immersion season to support. The Rusty Anvil is a platform for Black, Indigenous, and People of color to reconnect to nature through mindful wilderness trips and ancestral living skills. We seek to address the complex relationship between BIPOC liberation and wild spaces. Click here to fill out the volunteer application.  
  • The Dalton Open Space and Recreation Committee is currently embarking on a community project to enhance the access and use of “The Pines” property through an improved walking and hiking trail network. The Pines is a unique forested ~40-acre in-town property located adjacent to the intersection of High and Pleasant Streets. Proposed enhancements include an approximate ½ mile ADA compliant trail accessible from High Street and adjacent to Dalton’s Senior Center. Existing and new trails will be built or maintained with appropriate drainage and signage to encourage exploration of the properties features which include; hardwood and softwood forests, the ledges, wetlands, and many viewpoints to see the forest’s many creatures. First phase projects include invasive plant removal and control, trail mapping, and kiosk planning. If you have experience with trail mapping software, sign building or you’d like to help us continue our efforts to eradicate the Pines of invasive bittersweet and Japanese barberry, please send an email to taylor@berkshirefamilyhikes.com.
  • The Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) hosts a weekly invasive hardy kiwi cut and pull at Burbank Park in Pittsfield. If you’d like to volunteer with BEAT by helping us continue our efforts to eradicate this destructive and problematic vine, please send an email to Noah at noah@thebeatnews.org 
  • BEAT and Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) are collaborating once again to continue  to clean up the Housatonic River. They have planned the cleanup dates below: 

Saturday, June 25 @ 9 AM — 1 PM
» Participants will meet at Wahconah Park (105 Wahconah St, Pittsfield) before splitting into small groups to tackle various sections of the river. 

Saturday, July 23 @ 9 AM — 1 PM
» Participants will meet at Wahconah Park (105 Wahconah St, Pittsfield) before splitting into small groups to tackle various sections of the river. 

Prepare to get wet and dirty. Wear old sneakers, rubber boots, or waders. (They may have a few pairs of waders for people to borrow — inquire below.) Bring a full water bottle, as well as bug repellent and sunscreen if you need them. 

Please reach out to noah@thebeatnews.org for more information or to RSVP.