Welcome everyone for the first hike of the series part of the North Quabbin trails association
we will be meeting at lake Dennison recreation beach area in winchedon mass, baldwinville, templeton.
hike will start around 10:30 on sunday morning ...
Please everyone must bring winter gear water for the trail lunch snacks ect micro spikes are a must ...please do not bring any guess everyone hikes as a group and end as a group .... please follow these easy request for this event .... its going to be about 40 degress on sunday somewhat clear ... so I am looking forward to this hike series
I will be doing one a month in the NQTA area ... until lake spring ...... thanks again for followers
ps who is carpooling from Greendale mall meet at 9am left lot along fence line .. some people may just wanna follow that also fine ... hope this link will help you all out
Hello All Forest Peeps ,
Welcome to Winter !
Tomorrow Monday December 12th at 6 o'clock at OIC is NQTA's Gathering .
Hoefully the snow should be gone in morning so we will have a winter wonderland for our Gathering time.
We will be having a special seasons celebration so please bring those 'Delicious Dishes ' with a holiday twist.
( cooking the chili as I write )
Joanne Deacon will be leading our $10.00 limit Yankee Swap .
We all had a lot of fun with this last year so please bring an inexpensive gift to exchange. ( No Obligation ! )
Patsy again will be having her wonderful hand made soaps available ( great Christmas gifts) which she generously donates a portion of sales to NQTA.
It been a truly exciting and rapid developmental year for NQTA led by the purchase of the Freedom Chair and development of the Challenge Mobility team.
The new and exciting collaberation with The Winchendon School.
But mostly NQTA has met it's inception goal of the creation of the Q+M trail map and guide book.
A now 250 mile eastern - western loop trail with 15 overnight facilities in place !
Due to a generous grant from the Q2C iniative from the folks at Society for the Protection of NH Forests we have just completed this Prototype Q+M trail map and guide book (author John Burk) and we will have it on full display premiering at this Gathering .
Also NQTA's Membership Maps are Back!
We will have available for all NQTA members the new " Tully River Basin "
So many exciting things happening and none of this is made possible without yours and the community support. 💝
I look forward to seeing you all , if you haven't come for awhile please join us for this special holiday celebration.
Upward and Onward !
I got yesterdays paper Winchendon Courier in the mail free today and we were in there page 8
2 sections on the same page
I believe the write up was originally done by our wonderful insultant Allen Young :)
Hello all Forest peeps ,
We have a special guest speaker for NQTA's Gathering for Monday November 14 at 6 o'clock at OIC.
DCR N.Quabbin Regional Forester Fletcher Clark will be educating us the valuable role of a experienced forester has in managing and protecting our lands .
Fletcher as the DCR Forester has a special role in ensuring and enforcing proper land management .
We met Fletcher as he was fufulling this role for a private landowner that had received bad harvesting work and Fletcher was mediating a positive results. (mission accomplished)
Fletcher stepped out if his role and assisted NQTA in ensuring the ' Red Polka Dot Access Trail' was ready in time for use at the Garlic Festival.
Out on the trail NQTA is closing in on the completion of the Q2C grant requirements for a prototype trails map and guide of the now over 200 mile Q+M Trail , we will be unveiling the trackline.
NQTA's new Secretary Tammy Goodjion is now leading the Challenge Mobility team with a new newsletter that we also will be unveiling. (outstanding job thanks Tammy ! )
We have now started a collaberation with the Carson Center for Traumatic brain injury and are taking their group out on Challenge Mobilty hikes as well as longer hikes.
NQTA has also been working with Mount Grace on stewardship of the Gifford property along the Tully ,
coincidently with new Masslift Americorp also named Fletcher ( Harrington ) .
Mount Grace is continually bringing in these talented and educated young people to better our region , thanks Mount Grace !!
There will be a opening Saturday November 11th at 10 o'clock to dedicate this beautiful new fishing and picnic spot in honor of Sen.Wetmore .
The location is just past Noels nursery on Tully rd.
So please bring those ' Delicious Dishes' and some fluids and I hope you will join us for this upcoming Monday Gathering .
Upward and Onward !
Kris and I are reaching out to folks who most likely will be attending the celebration of life for Tom Hardy at Hartman's Herb Farm next Saturday. Would you be able to help us provide some finger foods/desserts? We spoke with family and they would greatly appreciate help with finger foods/desserts for up to 300 people. We thought it'd be a nice way for many people to pitch in and relieve the family of the burden. We have a sign up sheet here at the café so we can keep track of numbers etc. Hopefully we can all do enough to provide ample for the event.
Will you let us know and also provide some names of others we might contact for this donation? Many thanks.
Miller's River Café
1 South Main Street
Orange, MA 01364
Devil's Washbowl Hike, 10/30
Naturalist-educator Clare Green of Warwick and journalist Allen Young of Royalston will lead a hike on Sunday, Oct. 30, through the Arthur Iversen Conservation Area off Gale Road in Warwick, following a new loop trail that includes the Devil’s Washbowl. Although little water may be flowing, the hikers will have a chance to have a close-up view of how, over centuries, water has shaped the rounded concave rocky formation.
The hike is considered easy to moderate, with a total distance of about 2.5 miles. Please bring a snack and water and appropriate footwear since parts of the trail may be slippery because of fallen leaves. The starting point is located on Gale Road two-tenths of a mile from Athol Road. Access to Gale Road is only from Athol Road, as a bridge is out on the North Orange side of Gale Road.
Rain cancels. The hike is limited to 20 people. Please register at http://www.mountgrace.org/devils-washbowl-hike-1030
Hello All Forest Peeps ,
NQTAs usual Gathering on Monday October 10th is delayed one week to Monday October 17th due to Columbus Day .
NQTA is excited and proud to announce the 2nd procurement of a grant from the Q2C iniative from the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forest.
This grant allows for the completion of the Q+M (Quabbin to Monadnock ) trail map and guide book with author John Burk.
This vision was the reason for NQTAs inception and is now a 200+ mile eastern - western loop trail with 14 overnight facilities already in place.
The gpsing , mapping and waypointing is well underway .
NQTA's Freedom Chair rating program will be a critical component of this multi usage trail system .
So come next week Monday October the 17th and see the Q+M trail conceptual map and plans on how this trail system is going live .
We look for all input and your ideas will be welcomed .
Also tales from the Freedom Walkers on the Freedom Chair exciting unfolding developments .
Truly Upward and Onward !
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NQTA is reaching out to its membership for new members to the board of directors. There are vacancies for one, two or three year terms. One must be a current member of NQTA. During the Annual Meeting in January there will be a vote for the new slate of Board of Directors presented to the membership. If you would like to be considered or know of someone who is interested, please contact Charlie Shatos, Gary Brigham, Joann Deacon or Marilyn Elwood.
Tully Triathlon, on Saturday, October 15, NQTA members have volunteered before, and Volunteers would start at 7am.
We need help with set-up, parking, checking people in, security to watch over racers boats and bikes, water stop cheerleaders, boat movers and clean up.
Volunteers are welcome to camp for free both Friday and Saturday night of the race, they just have to call the campground to reserve a site.
We have to order t-shirts by October 2- sorry-short notice! We plan to order some extras to have on hand for those that don't get their sizes in to us before the deadline.
Things start to slow down around 3pm, so volunteers could leave then, or if they still had energy could stay to help with clean up, which is generally all done by around 5pm.
Look at the smile on Nate's face as he is out on the first NQTA challenge mobility rating system day !! Videos to follow
Look at the smile on Nate's face as he is out on the first NQTA challenge mobility rating system day !!
Videos to follow
Tully Lake Campground is now renting Mountain Bikes for our 7.5 mile Mountain Bike Trail. Come and try it out! Rental rates: $15/1 hr; $25/2 hrs; $40/4 hrs; $80/full day. Discounted rate of $15 from 3pm-7pm every Sunday through Thursday (non-holiday weekends). Call the campground for details 978-249-4957.
For more information and to view the video included in their original Facebook post, please visit
Contact: Bobby Curley
Freedom Chair Presentation
At Red Apple Farm Sunday
PHILLIPSTON – State Rep. Susannah Whipps Lee (R-Athol) will join other community members Sunday, Aug. 21, from 10- 11 a.m. at the Red Apple Farm for the presentation of a Freedom Chair to Andy Kingsley of Athol, a veteran of the Afghan war.
The program is organized by North Quabbin Trails Association (NQTA) President Bobby Curley of Athol, with the cooperation of the Rose family, owners of the orchard, and the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. Attendees will gather at the base of the wind turbine there at 10 a.m. for brief comments and chair demonstrations by Kingsley and others.
Whipps Lee stated, “I'm very happy to see the North Quabbin Trails Association has gone above and beyond to share their passion of hiking with people with disabilities. This is a perfect example of how our community excels in inclusion.”
The veteran, whose injuries in the war included the loss of a leg, uses his upper body strength in the chair to go out on trails inaccessible with ordinary wheelchairs.
With donations from community members and proceeds from a raffle, NQTA has purchased two of the easy-to-use specialized wheelchairs. One is a gift to Kingsley, the other will be maintained at the Orange Innovation Center, 131 West Main St., Orange, for use by area residents and visitors who have mobility issues.
The chairs are manufactured by a Somerville firm called GRIT, launched by recent graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. GRIT representatives will be present at the program. Anyone who attends can try out a chair.
Curley commented, “As a bonus, come see Nate Johnson of Orange whose family has also acquired a Freedom Chair for him, and see how incredible Nate, in a few short weeks, is doing on his chair.” Johnson has cerebral palsy.
Curley added: “We will also be unveiling our plans on utilizing NQTA's trail system, including the trails around Red Apple Farm, to begin the cutting edge program of redefining what is meant by ‘handicapped access.’ Come on out for a short while and see a true game changer for the challenged mobility community and how our North Quabbin region can be a base to effect this change !”
NQTA, which creates, maintains and maps trails in the region, plans to develop a four-level easy-to-difficult system for non-paved trails that can be used by people with challenged mobility.
Mia Haringstad of the Visitors Bureau pointed out that the Freedom Chair availability goes along with the installation of a universal Millers River access dock at the Orange Community Boat House, and another soon to be installed in Athol’s Allen E. Rich Environmental Park. She proudly stated, “Our region will offer unique opportunities for people of all abilities to enjoy recreational opportunities on our trails, and on the Millers River.”
Video #1 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwWlt11FU3jdalU3X0VNRHU3Um8/view?usp=drivesdk
Video #2 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwWlt11FU3jdU2gwdjk5Y3F5WTQ/view?usp=drivesdk
The fit trail is now designed with granite ridges 'Burn Baby Burn', 'Go Go Ridge' and 'Rockscrambling Ridge' that will have fit stations integrated into them of cutting edge design.
So we now have the, 'OIC Lucky 13 Fit Trail'. This will include a a station to station education on specific use and rating system using signage and QR technology.
Also a Command Center and Digital kiosk area that will allow for continuing uploading and education on historical, harvesting and forestry principles.
We have reached out to Mahar high school that has a summer grant for students 6 week work program.
Billy is organizing his Spartan Athletes to help with the building and creation of this fit trail.
We put the call out to the community with anyone that would like to help and experience on construction ,digital and signage development is needed or just willing to give a hand, much work needs to be done.
So come out to our Gathering on Monday and we will be unveiling the brand , brand new map of the
' OIC Luck 13 Fit Trail'
We will be going station by station and seek all input on their development.
Also as most of you know the ongoing Freedom Chair Fundraising has secured us one chair and deposit on a second With the current 120 Veterans Freedom Chair fundraising raffle will put us over the top and tickets will be available.
Also Nate will debuting his new Freedom Chair and we will have our new one available for test driving.
So please come to NQTA's Gathering Monday at 6 o'clock at OIC and see these community vision projects unfolding and as always your input is welcomed and valued.
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
For more information visit
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 email@example.com 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.