Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Woods Forum 2013

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Great Barrington Trails and Greenways, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, and UMASS recently sponsored a Woods Forum at the Kellogg Conservation Center for community landowners who were seeking resources on how to best manage their property.  The event was well attended, with 35 landowners present as well as a number of professionals from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, MA DCR, Native Habitat Restoration, and private foresters.  Dave Kittredge, professor of Forestry at UMASS, was the facilitator.  The day began with a presentation by Dave to set the stage and then moved into Q&A discussion with the folks assembled.  A light, nutritious and delicious lunch was prepared by Christine Ward and then those that were able proceeded on a property walk to view some ongoing land stewardship efforts on the KCC property and continue our discussion in the field.  Thanks to all who showed up and made this a worthwhile and informative event.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Annual Volunteer Workday A Success!

ATC held it's annual Kellogg Conservation Center volunteer workday on Saturday April 2oth.  The day was dedicated to the memory of Frank Madeiros, a thru-hiker and passionate AT advocate.  A group of Frank's family members came out to help us work and did a fantastic job.  We were happy to be able to welcome them to the KCC on such a beautiful early spring day and their dedication and joy was buoyant.  This was the 6th year we have done this and I think I say this every year, but I truly do think this was one of the most productive annual workdays that we have held yet!  We had groups of volunteers as well as ATC and AMC staff, working on the following projects:

* Garden beautification
* Mulching and fertilizing our evergreen shelterbelt
* Junk removal out of the fields and hedgerows along the AT
* Yard and patio cleanup
* Well fork replacement
* Tree removal
* Waterline removal and storage
* Tool sharpening

The day was completed with a BBQ and a good time was had by all.  I love saying that.

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped us get the KCC looking nice for the summer season.