August 20th, 2003 10:24 AM
Belmont & The Fells
On Monday evening, a group of four volunteers spent a couple of hours in the evening trimming back the brush along one of the trails at Rock Meadow in Belmont. The trail is the one that goes over the tiny bridge toward Concord Ave. and loops around the meadow. It is nice to be able to ride that section without being slapped in the face by brush. We didn't do a perfect job. We learned that a different attachment for the brush cutter would be more productive as would a second brush cutter but it is a lot better then it was. We are going to schedule a second day to touch up this trail and to do one other trail as well. The date will be finalized shortly and will be published on mtb-boston and the forum.
This type of event is a very useful way for mountain bikers to build good will with the local land managers. Because of State and local budget problems, a lot of routine maintenance is not being done. By helping out with these tasks, we become a useful volunteer labor force that mobile and self equipped. It really helps when we are at the bargaining table trying to negotiate mountain bike access.
I also just completed a meeting this morning with the folks at the Middlesex Fells. We discussed the upcoming maintenance days we have scheduled for September 13 and October 25. Among other things, we will be cutting a small section of singletrack as a reroute and extending one of the new boardwalks (we were about 10' too short). I hope that you will put one or both of these dates on your calendar and plan to help.