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Trail maintenance in the Blue Hills
Friends of the Blue Hills helps maintain the Reservation's 125 miles of trails, control invasive plants that threaten endangered species, and advocate for policies that protect the park from inappropriate development.
Name: Owen Hartford
Town: Milton, MA
Volunteer Activities: While occasionally I attend the trail maintenance events, I devote most of my volunteer efforts with FBH to graphic design. I’ve been doing the layout for the newsletter since 2008, and also have worked on invitations, fliers, brochures, maps, letters, t-shirts, baseball caps, banners, web design and judging photo contests. I’ve also done photography and video for special events.
FBH member since: 2006
Favorite thing to do in the Blue Hills: Hiking, photography. I’ve used photos taken in the Blue Hills as part of a multimedia composition for mandolin orchestra called, Neponset Valley Suite.
Funniest thing that happened in the Blue Hills: There is an upturned tree along one of the trails that has a large, beautiful, exposed root system. I’ve tried to photograph it many times, but never seem to get it right. I’ve gone there on cloudy days and sunny days. I’ve used several different cameras — from the latest digital model to my fine old 1914 Kodak. I’ve placed the camera up close and further away, but just can’t seem to capture the spirit of it. I guess you could say it’s getting funny at this point.
Favorite activities with Friends of the Blue Hills: Working on the newsletter and special projects.