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Fun at the Family Fest

The model train was a big hit during the Family Fun Fest at the Mass Central Rail Trail today!! So was face painting, drawing with chalk and hola hooping. Not to mention target shooting with a fire hose. The Imbier-Monson Farm opened their doors for tours in the morning. Several groups of visitors walked through […]

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Trees identified

Saturday afternoon was pretty warm, but a gentle breeze off the river kept the black flies away as the group strolled from tree to tree, looking and learning to identify what they saw. Thanks to Kate Marquis, the Mass Service Forester for our region, for leading the walk along the Gilbertville Fitness Trail. The trail […]

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In a matter of an hour 21 bluebird boxes were installed at Wendemuth Meadow yesterday! Many thanks to Harrison for providing all the boxes, hardware and know how to get it done!! Bluebirds are a declining species in Massachusetts primarily because of loss of habitat, meaning that their natural tree hollows and open fields with […]

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Rail Trail Planning

EQLT will be hosting a Friends of the Mass Central Rail Trail Information Night occurring on Thursday, March 12, 7-8PM at the East Quabbin Land Trust Office at 120 Ridge Rd Hardwick MA.   This information night is regarding the Hardwick- New Braintree portion of the trail. We are looking for interest from the community to […]

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Winter Species Sampled

The morning was cold and there weren’t many birds moving, but that didn’t stop the small, but hearty crew from walking around the 43 acre Pynchon’s Grist Mill Preserve today. All told we registered 65 species of vascular plants, 7 birds, 5 mammals, 5 tree lichen, and several insects. A good total for a cold […]

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Smoke in the sky

The sky over Wendemuth Meadow got hazy yesterday morning as we began the process of burning brush piles. It was a beautiful day for burning, but a little more wind would have helped the process! We used leaf blowers to create some of our own wind as we worked to reduce the size and number […]

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We welcomed in 2015 with a morning hike along the New Braintree and Hardwick section of the Mass Central Rail Trail this morning.  About thirty people and half a dozen dogs explored the area under a beautiful sun and chilly breeze. Along the way we talked about the rail trail, the origins of the Mass […]

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Pulling Knapweed

  Thanks to all the volunteers that helped pull and dig knapweed last Saturday at Wendemuth Meadow Preserve! The front field was weeded, which is a great accomplishment. There is more of course. We are talking about an invasive plant after all. So next spring we’ll ask volunteers to help dig more in other fields! […]

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After a week of rain the Ware River was full! At least two kayakers paddled their way through the rapids near the Main Street bridge over the river in Gilbertville while a group of twenty officially opened the Fitness Trail. Shelby, EQLT’s Americorps Service Learning Coordinator, welcomed participants to the site. Creation of the fitness […]

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  The Wheelwright end of the Mass Central Rail Trail was the focus of the trail clearing crew yesterday afternoon.  Because that end has fewer large trees and two sections of track were laid to the approach of the mill, the small trees and brush had taken full advantage of the sunlight. Thanks to Angelica, […]

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