Park Serve Day at Leominster State Forest
May 12, 2007
Wachusett NEMBA’s Park Serve Day was one of the chapter’s most successful events in years.
We couldn’t have asked for a better day than this, the weather was cool and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky that day. There were volunteers from outside of our typical core group and the DCR also supplied snacks, water, a couple of helpers and a Gator to help move some of our many rocks. The section of trail worked on was one that is steep and gravelly, and in the past when we have re-routed and brushed in trails someone comes along and removes the brushed in areas defeating the purpose.
To deal with the problem trail once and for all, we decided to rock armor the hill to stop the erosion and to create a few rock armored water bars to force the water off the trail. The hill may need a little more work in the future and will be monitored to check our results. The approach we used is similar to what the Appalachian Mountain Club is using for the hiking trail on Mount Wachusett, and if you wish to see some of their inspiring work, check out the Pine Hill Trail that ascends directly from the John Hitchcock Center in Princeton. These trails see hundreds of hikers on the weekends as do the trails in Leominster State Forest with mountain bikers.