Thursday, September 29, 2016

Mowing Project Surprises!

When most people think of the Appalachian Trail, they probably think of the famed "green tunnel" phenomenon. Once the leaves come in in the spring, the forested footpath can seem never ending, punctuated only occasionally by a wide-sweeping view. While the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the volunteer maintaining clubs do spend lots of time and energy maintaining the tread of the trail, in the late summer and early autumn, we also spend time maintaining those beautiful open views. From the Lion's Head lookout in Salisbury, CT, the rolling fields of Bunker Hill are a critical part of the view. Maintained as grassland bird habitat, these fields are mowed once a year in mid-September.

This year, we captured some surprising wildlife in the bucket of the tractor.....

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

September Events

As the trail crew season comes to an end here at the Kellogg Center, September events are taking it up a notch in the second half of the month!

Friday, September 16th is the next in the series of hikes we're offering with help from the Egremont COA. This month, the hike is also in conjunction with the Berkshire County Clean Air Challenge! Meet at the Kellogg Center at 10AM for a mile long hike through the beautiful surrounding forests and fields, after which we will do a walking tour of the historic outbuildings and barns!

On Saturday, September 17th, Hannah Chamberlain, the Trail Management Assistant at the Kellogg Center and Beth Critton, chair of ATC's Stewardship Council, will be leading a Housatonic Heritage hike from Bull's Bridge in Kent, CT to the 10-Mile River AT shelter. This hike is about 2.5 miles round trip and we will walk at a family pace and make lots of stops to enjoy nature. Meet at the Bull's Bridge parking area south of the town of Kent at 10AM.

On Friday the 23rd, Stargazing on the Appalachian Trail is taking place at the Kellogg Center. Thanks to a grant from the Alford-Egremont Cultural Council, we were able to involve two astrophysics students from Williams College who will lead us in a talk about the stars and an outdoor session of stargazing. We also have a telescope to use thanks to one of our very own South Egremont community members! The event will take place at the Kellogg Center from 7:30-9 PM.
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On Saturday the 24th, join Hannah Chamberlain and Christine Ward, from Gt. Barrington Land Trust at the Tyringham Cobble for a moderate, history hike to the top of one of New England’s major thrust faults, with a view of the beautiful Tyringham Valley below. Wear boots/sturdy footwear and bring drink/snacks. Limited to 12 hikers. 2.5 hours–3 miles. Meet at 10AM at the AT parking on Main Road in Tyringham. 

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Happy trails!