Hello all Forest Friends ,
Tomorrow Saturday June 11th from 10 to 2 o'clock is the Nates Run / Muddy Pond Laurel Loop Trail Grand Opening !!
Rt 2 west
Exit 24 West Main St / Westminster
At lights ( pharmacy ) take left Bacon St
Go by DPW onto Oakmont
At stop go straight up Bragg Hill rd 1.3 miles Barrel rd on right # 141A , park on road walk up driveway .
There will be Mount Grace signs .
Fun and Educational Programs
Naturalist Naturalist Walk
Grand Opening Ceremony
Water craft available all day from the Engmans private boar launch out around cranberry bogs and over to Muddy Pond shelter .
Scavenger hunt going on during day !
Raffle with great prizes
All this is free and geared for families to see a beautiful new trail opened due to the efforts of private landowners the Engmans , NQTA and Mount Grace
Weather looks great so come out and play with us !!
Support MRWC and Party!
MRWC fundraising dance Friday 7-10 at French King Restaurant
Where the MillerS meets the CT! Will have 50/50 raffle, and the restaurant and bar will be serving food and drinks-- the band is the very popular Free Range, beloved by Wendell and many others
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Muddy Pond Celebration Features Family-Friendly Outdoor Fun
Westminster – North Quabbin Trails Association, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, and the Engman Family invite the public to celebrate the permanent protection of Muddy Pond and the grand opening of Nate’s Run and Laurel Loop Trails. The family-friendly celebration will be held on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near 203 Bragg Hill Road in Westminster. The event features canoe and kayak rides, guided nature walks, scavenger hunts, a raffle, and a BBQ.
“Muddy Pond is one of our region’s hidden gems. We invite you to come down to the pond to experience this wonderful place with a guided nature walk or by jumping into one of the canoesor kayaks for a paddle on the 30-acre undeveloped pristine pond”, said Dan Bartkus, Chair of the Westminster ConservationCommission.
In 2015, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust worked with the Westminster Conservation Commission and landowners Len and Amy Engman to conserve the last unprotected land around the 30-acre Muddy Pond. “Now the entirety of this wonderful area is permanently protected, thanks to the Engman family, the Town, and many supporters from the community,” said Leigh Youngblood, executive director of Mount Grace. “As we celebrate our 30th anniversary of working with landowners, neighborhoods, and municipalities to save farms, create parks and save the special places that are the backdrop to our quality of life, we hope you will join us and explore this protected natural treasure.”
At 30 acres, Muddy Pond is one of the largest remaining undeveloped ponds in the state and is home to an abundance of wildlife and unusual natural features like a wild cranberry bog. A newly developed trail off of Bragg Hill Road by the North Quabbin Trails Association provides beautiful views and connects to the Midstate Trail and the camping shelter area managed by the Westminster Conservation Commission.
“North Quabbin Trails Association is a boots-on-the-ground organization that works closely with organizations and private landowners to build and steward hiking and walking trails so that everyone can get out and enjoy nature,” said NQTA president Bobby Curley. “Lenny and Amy Engman have generously supported the creation of Nates Run Trail across their land to the Pond.” Mr. Curley led a team of NQTA volunteers to create the Nates Run Trail and Laurel Loop Trail at Muddy Pond.
Area naturalists will lead walks to explore the new trails and the secrets of Muddy Pond at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Scavenger hunts and kayak and canoe paddling will occur throughout the festival, with a BBQ running from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. At 12:00 p.m., a short celebration of the Engman FamilyConservation Restriction and the grand opening of the new trailswill occur.
A suggested donation of 10 dollars or more enters attendees in a raffle, with proceeds supporting the work of Mount Grace to conserve the beauty and quiet of the region and the efforts of the North Quabbin Trails Association to create and maintain hiking and walking trails. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to Jay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-248-2055 x 17.
“Thanks to Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, the North Quabbin Trails Association and the donations of many private individuals and businesses, the Town of Westminster has awonderful pristine natural area that is permanently protected and will always be a destination for people to experience the natural world”, added Dan Bartkus.
Hello ' Miracle on the Millers ' event participants.
Here is the press release for our Saturday event.
You and your groups are key players and could you please send the word to your members to join us in this fun , educational family day !
Thanks so much for your time and passion for our Millers river.
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For immediate release
Contact: Bobby Curley
978 549 1747
Millers River Success
Celebration June 4
ORANGE -- The successful cleanup of the Millers River will be celebrated Saturday, June 4, with an event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Orange Innovation Center (OIC), 131 West Main St.
The program, sponsored by the OIC and the North Quabbin Trails Associaton (NQTA), is entitled “Miracle on the Millers: A 40-year Success Story.” Participating organizations include the Milers River Watershed Council, the Millers River Fishermen’s Association, Trout Unlimited, and the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce , Greenworks ,and Visitors Bureau.
Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about how the badly-polluted river was cleaned up as the result of grass roots action and the involvement of municipal, state and federal governments, as well as the cooperation of area businesses.
The program will open at 10 a.m. with comments by the Rev. Don Erickson of the Community Church of North Orange and Tully. He will dedicate the program to the memory of the late State Senator Robert Wetmore.
Genevieve Fraser of Orange, former legislative aide, will read a poem written by Wetmore, who fished the Millers in his youth. In the poem, Wetmore recounts returning home from the Korean War and entering politics in response to the shocking environmental degradation of his favorite river.
Jack Dunphy, OIC owner, and Brianna Drohen, manager, will offer a welcome to their complex, and there will be opportunity to learn about how various projects are progressing there, including the Honest Weight Artisan Beer facility.
Rice Flanders of Orange and Allen Young of Royalston, members of the Watershed Council, will lead an informal conversation detailing grass roots action to protect the river since the Council’s founding in 1970. The backdrop for their conversation will be a video monitor display of photographs by MRWC board member Paul Rezendes of Athol.
The morning program will conclude with a brief talk by Eldy Taylor of Royalston who is a professional expert in waste water treatment worldwide. Local wastewater plants will be acknowledged
At noon, there will be a tour of the OIC fitness program including its gym and new Outdoor Activities Center with swing station demo unveiling of the 15 station Hosmer Woods / OIC Fit Trail
Starting a 12:30 p.m., the program continues with Dave Flint of the Athol Lions Club talking about the River Rat Race. Pete Mallet of the Milers River Fishermen’s Association will focus on the sport of fly fishing, and Scott MacDonald of Trout Unlimited will explain his organization’s role in cleanup, as well as its current mission.
Representatives of Greenworks, which has helped promote recreational activity on the river, and the NQTA will also speak.
Trail Head, a retail outdoor store in Orange Center, will have a promotional and products table set up. There will be musical performances as well as food and drink available -- including the Honest Weight Artisan Beer parlor which opens at noon every Saturday.
North Quabbin Trails Association, Inc.
Hello all NQTA, If you can make this fun , free family event for this Saturday from 10 to 2 at OIC Please join us for this fast moving celebration ...