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Stockbridge Land Trust Annual Meeting

Dear Friends of Stockbridge,

The colors of autumn highlight the natural beauty of Stockbridge. And much of that beauty is a product of conservation restrictions obtained by the Stockbridge Land Trust. You can learn more about these properties by visiting the Land Trust’s website – www.stockbridgelandtrust.org.

Since its founding in 1987, the Land Trust’s fifteen-member board of directors has worked to preserve Stockbridge’s open spaces, forests, farmlands, wetlands, waterways, and other natural resources.

We invite you to learn more about the work of the Land Trust at its annual meeting on Saturday, September 29th, at 10 a.m. The meeting will take place at one of the Land Trust’s most prized properties, the Chestnut Preserve on Route 7, south of the town center. There is ample parking at the site and there will be light refreshments.

TAKE THE HIGH ROAD – that is the main topic at this year’s meeting. Our speaker will be Jenny Hansell, president of Berkshire Natural Resources Council. The mission of BNRC is the same as that of the Land Trust but its geographic scope is broader: the whole of the Berkshires. Jenny’s presentation will focus primarily upon BNRC’s ambitious program to create a “High Road” – a hiking path that will traverse Berkshire County.

The Land Trust could not carry out its mission without financial support from the Stockbridge community. The enclosed envelope provides an opportunity for you to support the Peter Berle Fund, created in memory of a former past president of the Land Trust who was also president of the National Audubon Society. The Berle Fund is the Land Trust’s environmental “war chest” — enabling the Land Trust to help preserve land when an unexpected opportunity arises with a short window to act.

If you prefer, you can contribute to the Land Trust by credit card or PayPal – which can be effectuated on our website – www.stockbridgelandtrust.org. Those who contribute $100 or more will receive a packet of five note cards which feature the winning photographs in the Land Trust’s annual photo contest. A sampling of these photos can be found on the Land Trust’s website.

Thank you for your support of our efforts to preserve the natural resources of Stockbridge.

Sincerely,

John Hyson

President

Parsons Marsh Accessible Trail Opening a success thanks to you!

 

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

On Saturday, September 15, 2018 more than 200 visitors of all ages came to preview Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s new accessible trail at Parsons Marsh in Lenox. The 1,800 foot accessible trail and boardwalk gives visitors an intimate experience through a meadow, forested wetland and an exquisite marsh—a habitat that would otherwise be very difficult to access.

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

To kick off the event, renowned Berkshire birder Ed Neumuth led a bird walk for early visitors. He reported “a female Scarlet Tanager, Wood Duck, great looks at a male Hairy Woodpecker and from the platform shortly after the walk, at least 2 kettles of migrating Broad-winged Hawks numbering well over a hundred birds!”

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

BNRC president Jenny Hansell gave welcoming remarks, acknowledging the outpouring of support that led to the conservation of 183 acres in the Undermountain Valley. Ken Fowler, Chairman of the Lenox Selectboard, and BNRC board member Pat Callahan joined forces to cut the grapevine ribbon with golden loppers to commemorate the opening of the trail. Visitors were then encouraged to check out the trail and enjoy the delightful music of The Russet Trio.

Due to delays caused by extreme summer weather, trail construction is not quite complete and the Parsons Marsh reserve will be closed for another week or so while construction is going on. Please be patient as the professional trail construction crew, Peter S. Jensen & Associates, works their magic on the site. We will announce when the trail is fully open, most likely right at the beginning of October.

Please call BNRC at 413-499-0596 or email frontdesk@bnrc.org with any questions!

Be sure to check our list of upcoming hikes and events for four upcoming guided Parsons Marsh experiences.

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

 

2018 September Enews: Parsons Marsh trail opening is right around the corner!

The Old Mill Trail Volunteer Workday, Hinsdale 

Help to maintain and support native plants on this beautiful trail!

Saturday, October 27th 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join BNRC and HVA at this work party for the Old Mill Trail. We’ll be raking the trail, installing ramps on two of the bridges to improve accessibility, removing invasive plants and transporting gravel to raise the trail surface in some sections. Gloves, tools and lunch will be provided. Please bring water and wear sturdy shoes.

Directions: From the center of Dalton: take Route 8 south to the Hinsdale line. From the town line, continue 4/10 miles to a left on Old Dalton Road. The trailhead parking is the first, immediate left.

Please RSVP to Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or 413-499-0596.

Hoosac Range Volunteer Workday, North Adams

Help to update the trail blazes.

Friday, October 5th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K Murphy

Join BNRC’s Stewardship Staff to update trail blazes on this popular and historic trail! BNRC will provide all supplies including gloves.

Please wear sturdy shoes, clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on and bring water and lunch.

Directions:

From North Adams: Take Route 2 east. Past the hairpin, on the top of the hill, the parking and trailhead will be on your right.

From Pittsfield: Take Route 8 North, at the Cumberland Farms in North Adams, take a right onto 8A. Then take a right, heading east on Route 2. The trailhead parking is on the right at the top of the hill, immediately after the Wigwam Cabins.

Please RSVP to Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or 413-499-0596.

Olivia’s Overlook at Yokun Ridge South Volunteer Workday, Stockbridge/Richmond

Help to clear the waterbars on the Burbank Trail and Old Baldhead Road.

Tuesday, September 18th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K Murphy

Improve trail water drainage by clearing and re-shaping waterbars for rain runoff. Please wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring water. BNRC will provide all tools and gloves.

Directions:

From the center of Lenox (Routes 7A and 183): Take Route 183 west for 1.5 miles, passing Tanglewood. When Route 183 curves left, bear right onto Richmond Mountain Road (sign says to Rt. 41/Richmond). Drive 1.5 miles and the parking lot will be on your left.

From Pittsfield (intersection of Route 7 (South Street) and Route 20 (West Housatonic Street): Take Rt. 20 west 0.8 miles. Make a left onto Barker Road and drive 6.6 miles. Make a left onto Lenox Road and drive 1.8 miles to Olivia’s Overlook, on the right.

From West Stockbridge at the intersection of Route 102 and Swamp Road (across from Shaker Dam Coffee House & Stanmeyer Gallery): Head north on Swamp Road and make an immediate right onto Lenox Road. At 2.0 miles, turn right and continue another 0.1 mile to Olivia’s Overlook on the right.

Please RSVP to Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or 413-499-0596.

Parsons Marsh Trail Opening Event, Lenox

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K Murhpy

Looking for volunteers to fill short shifts and help with parking, kid’s activities, tabling, crowd welcoming and clean-up.

Saturday, September 15th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Directions: Stonover Farm’s Event Parking Area, across from 169 Undermountain Rd, Lenox, MA 01240.

Please RSVP to Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or 413-499-0596.

Alford Springs Volunteer Workday, Alford 

Help to re-blaze the Mother Loop and Connector Trail.

Thursday, September 6th 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K Murhpy

Together we can update the trail blazing on the trails at Alford Springs. BNRC will provide all supplies including gloves.

Please wear sturdy shoes, clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on and bring water and lunch.

Directions:

From Great Barrington: Take Taconic Avenue, which becomes Alford Road.  Drive past Simon’s Rock to a left on Seekonk Road; follow Seekonk Road (becomes Green River Road) for 3.6 miles. Turn right on to Mountain Road (if you come to the New York State line, you’ve gone too far). Follow Mountain Road for 0.8 miles, bearing left at the first “Y” and left again at the sharp right turn at 0.8 miles. Alternatively continue right to reach a second, three-season parking lot further down the street.

From Pittsfield: Take Route 20 West and turn left onto Route 41 heading south. Drive to Great Barrington and turn right onto Division Street which becomes Seekonk Road. Follow Seekonk Road which becomes Green River Road, turning right on Mountain Road (if you cross the NY state border you have gone a little too far. Follow Mountain Road for 0.8 miles, bearing left at the first “Y” and left again at the sharp right turn at 0.8 miles. Alternatively continue right to reach a second, three-season parking lot further down the street.

Please RSVP to Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or 413-499-0596.

The Boulders Volunteer Workday, Pittsfield/Dalton

Put the finishing touches on the first leg of the new access trail!

Saturday, August 25th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K Murphy

Join us in putting the finishing touches on the first section of the new access trail at The Boulders Reserve. We’ll be trimming roots, applying soil, blazing and leafing-in the trail.

Please wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring water. BNRC will provide all tools and gloves.

Directions: To the trailhead parking area on Gulf Road, Dalton: take routes 8/9 east from the center of Pittsfield. Take a left onto Park Avenue, passing Craneville School.  Take a left onto Gulf Road. Park at the pull-off on the left, opposite the parking for the Appalachian Trail.

Please RSVP to Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or 413-499-0596.

This trail is a partnership with the Berkshire Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association.

2018 August Enews: A New Trail Coming to the Berkshires!