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Chickatawbut 2018 Reports

Chickatawbut Section Trail Work Reports – 2018

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Date
Name
Trail
Hours
Work
Volunteers
Remaining Work
Comments
2018-01-27Bob FlaggWampatuck Path1Walked trail removing branches after heavy rain & winds from two weeks ago from Marker 3160 to 3171. Removed two medium-sized dead tree trunks across trail. Clean some of the side ditches and two grade reversals.Side ditches need more throrough cleaning - good for group project.
2018-01-27Bob FlaggCurve Path0.75Walked trail removing branches after heavy rain & winds from two weeks ago from Marker 3160 to 3131.Water is coming onto trail from the woods and Squamaug Notch Path upslope near Marker 3143. Need to put water breaks in the woods to spread water out. Also need to facilitate how water crosses trail.
2018-01-27Bob FlaggSquamaug Notch Trail1.25Water is flowing from two grade reversals near Marker 3143 and flowing thru the woods onto Curve Path. Need to put water breaks in the woods to spread water out. This could be a large group project including work on Curve Path.Water is flowing from two grade reversals near Marker 3143 and flowing thru the woods onto Curve Path. Need to put water breaks in the woods to spread water out. This could be a large group project including work on Curve Path.
2018-01-13Bob FlaggBouncing Brook Path3Walked trail removing branches and cleaning drainage structures on the trail from Marker 3042 to 3085. Heavy rains overnight and that day put lots of water on the trail. Cleaned side ditch for 50 yards heavy east from Skyline Trail.Side ditches need to be improved east of Skyline. Lots of water coming down from Slide Notch which must be addressed. The culvert by Marker 3085 is partially blocked by rock at inflow. Will need to address after waterflow subsides.
2018-01-20Bob FlaggHawk Hill Path0.75Walked trail removing branches after heavy rain & winds last week from Marker 3030 to 3072.
2018-01-20Bob FlaggSavoy Path0.75Walked trail removing branches after heavy rain & winds last week. Cleaned drainage structures.
2018-01-20Bob FlaggStreamside Edge Path0.5Walked trail removing branches after heavy rain & winds last week from Marker 3030 to 3072.There was a significant amount of water flowing down the trail. Could easily add half a dozen grade reversals. It is a long walk to site but could access from Rt 128 as there is a break in the fence so could drive people and tools close to site.
2018-01-20Bob FlaggBranch Path0.75Walked trail removing branches after heavy rain & winds last week. Removed medium sized tree across the trail.
2018-01-20Bob FlaggGlover Path0.5Walked trail removing branches after heavy rain & winds last week.
2018-02-25Bob FlaggWood Path1.5Walked trail removing many large branches from heavy winds and rains the last two days. Cleaned several swales of debris. Removed medium sized tree across the trail.Chris MullinTwo very large trees (18") blocking trail, located about 150 yards from Wood Road trailhead. Also need to clean out culvert about 100 yards from Wampatuck Trail. Should walk trail and site several more swales to carry water straight across the trail as it was quite wet.
2018-02-25Bob FlaggWampatuck Path2Walked trail from 3157 to 3152 removing many large branches from heavy winds and rains the last two days. Removed two medium sized trees across the trail.Chris Mullin
2018-02-25Bob FlaggBouncing Brook Path1Walked trail from 3042 to 3152 removing many large branches from heavy winds and rains the last two days. Cleaned grade reversals along the way.Chris MullinSide ditches on this stretch of the trail could use a good cleaning.
2018-03-24Bob FlaggBouncing Brook Path3Walked trail from Rt 28 to 3130 removing many large branches and medium sized trees from trail after three storms in the space of 3 weeks. Many of the branches were half buried in the snow.
2018-03-24Bob FlaggLee Path1Walked trail removing many large branches and medium sized trees from trail after three storms in the space of 3 weeks. Lots of branches and small trees on the trail. Many of branches were half buried in the snow.There is some opportunity to dig out some of the culverts on the path and improve the flow of water. This is mostly toward the Braintree Pass side.
2018-03-24Bob FlaggSlide Hill Trail1Walked trail from Braintree Pass to Bouncing Brook removing many large branches and medium sized trees from trail after three storms in the space of 3 weeks. Lots of branches and small trees on the trail. Many of branches were half buried in the snow.
2018-04-05Bob VogelSquamaug Notch Trail1.5Cleared downed trees and branches.Pete Tierney, Paul Brooks, ...
2018-04-05Bob VogelRidge Path1.5Cleared downed trees, branches, etc.Pete Tierney, Paul Brooks, ...
2018-04-05Bob VogelEndicott Path (FBH)1.5Cleared downed trees, branches, etc.Pete Tierney, Paul Brooks, ...
2018-04-09Bob VogelBraintree Pass Path1Picked up downed limbs.Pete Tierney
2018-04-09Bob VogelCarve Path1Cleared downed limbs and cut some trees.Pete Tierney
2018-04-09Bob VogelSassaman Notch Path1Cleared downed limbs and cut trees.Pete Tierney
2018-04-09Bob VogelStokes Foot Path1Cleared downed limbs and cut trees.Pete Tierney
2018-04-09Bob VogelStowe Path1Cleared downed branches and cut some of the trees.Pete TierneyThere are several big trees needing a chainsaw.
2018-04-09Bob VogelThayer Path (FBH)2Cleared downed branches and cut some of the trees.Pete TierneyMore work needed. Large trees.
2018-04-09Bob VogelTower Path (FBH)1Cleared downed limbs and cut trees.Pete Tierney
2018-04-12Fred TaylorLaurel Path2.5Many downed trees and branches. Cleared some with small limb saw.Still at least six more downed trees requiring larger saw/chain saw.
2018-04-12Fred TaylorGreat Dome Foot Path2.5Some brush work with small limb saw and clippersTwo downed trees requiring bigger saw.
2018-04-23Anne ComberBraintree Pass Path36Cut off branches from three large trees blocking the trail. Pulled those and other branches and debris into the forest. 3072 intersectionStephen Trahan, Joseph Welch, Joaquim Ramos, Haiie Aradom, Amsalu Asnake, Teri McLaughlin, Tom Gomes, Tyler Young, Joe Blotner, Ashley Fernandez, Brandy Montissol
2018-05-01Anne ComberBraintree Pass Path21The volunteers split into two groups: raking the drainage ditches at the start of the path and removing the large logs and branches that had been left along the side of the trail by DCR., particularly at marker 3042.Jose Camacho Elise Pazienza ,Stephanie Perkins, Ashley Knott, Brendan Minich , Mark IngallsWe could see trees blocking paths on the right from that intersection--we cut the branches off, but the trees themselves require a chainsaw.
2018-05-07Anne ComberBraintree Pass Path21We finished raking this trail from 3024 to 3085.Lindsey Kahler, Matt Thomas, Michael McGrath, Brendan Taylor, Julie Beckham, Karen Marryat
2018-04-28Jessica BaumgartGas Pipeline4We tried to remove a few trees from Pipeline. One leaning over the trail we were able to trim to make passage beneath it easier. We cleared another that was mostly off the trail. A third we decided to leave and add to the chainsaw list.Paul McPartland, Heather Pettigrew, & a group from the Student Conservation Association: Phillip Groshenet (? can't quite read writing), Aibhlin Hannigan, Matthew Urick ( (? can't quite read writing)), Nicholas Martines, Kevin Cigala, Janina PeppersSomeone with a chainsaw should return to the area to clear these two trees. Both are within line of sight of the intersection with Braintree Pass Path.Braintree Pass Path could benefit from having its side ditches cleaned.
2018-04-28Jessica BaumgartSkyline Trail4Along Skyline between 3042 and 3065, we cleared a few downed trees and scouted the reports of other trees being down. We tackled everything.Paul McPartland, Heather Pettigrew, & a group from the Student Conservation Association: Phillip Groshenet (? can't quite read writing), Aibhlin Hannigan, Matthew Urick ( (? can't quite read writing)), Nicholas Martines, Kevin Cigala, Janina Peppers
2018-04-28Jessica BaumgartCarve Path4Reports indicated only one tree was down just north of 3051, yet when we walked this trail, we removed 5 blockages, including one of multiple trees.Paul McPartland, Heather Pettigrew, & a group from the Student Conservation Association: Phillip Groshenet (? can't quite read writing), Aibhlin Hannigan, Matthew Urick ( (? can't quite read writing)), Nicholas Martines, Kevin Cigala, Janina Peppers
2018-04-28Jessica BaumgartSlide Notch Path4We didn't find the downed tree someone reported, but we did clear some different blowdowns of smaller trees. Kevin fixed a drainage problem, since the side ditch was flowing quite nicely.Paul McPartland, Heather Pettigrew, & a group from the Student Conservation Association: Phillip Groshenet (? can't quite read writing), Aibhlin Hannigan, Matthew Urick ( (? can't quite read writing)), Nicholas Martines, Kevin Cigala, Janina Peppers
2018-05-06Jessica BaumgartWood Path2Cleared debris from chainsawed trees and generally tidied the trail.
2018-05-06Jessica BaumgartHemlock Path2Cleared debris from chainsawed trees and generally tidied the trail. I removed several small fallen white pines from the trail. I scouted the reports of trees down near 3151 and 3152. They were removed. I continued down to the intersection with Chocato Path near I-93. I improved passability near two blowdowns, but wasn't able to completely clear the trail.Two blowdowns block the trail near the zigzag on the map near the Quincy/Braintree line. One is just north of the sharp angle; the other is just south. Much closer to the intersection with Chocato Trail (near I-93) are two tires with rims. While it looks like they've been there for years, I can't help wondering if we should remove them. They're not too far from the fence to I-93.
2018-05-06Jessica BaumgartRomari Trail2I cleared a pair of small, old fallen trees from the trail.A drainage problem exists behind one of the Wood Road businesses about 1/3 of the way from marker 3174. It looks like an outflow pipe near the business dumps water into the woods. No real path exists for the water to follow, so it travels quite a distance along the trail in both directions. With some perhaps not too complicated shovel work, we could make a channel across the trail (or something like that) to guide the water off the trail. A culvert or some other more formal structure would probably be better. I don't remember seeing lots of rocks in the area. ; A tree is down just south of the intersection with 3174. It could probably use a chainsaw.Parking along Wood Road is tricky, as it seems like parking is mostly not allowed. I parked near 3171 along Wampatuck Path and hiked down. That's probably no ideal with a chainsaw.
2018-05-06Jessica BaumgartWood Path2I cleared miscellaneous debris from the trail while I scouted the report of three trees down not too far from 3174. They are no longer blocking the trail.
2018-05-12Jessica BaumgartStokes Foot Path24.5We brushed Stokes Foot Path.Jason, Ethan, Tim, Goat, Kevin, and Ben Houston
2018-05-12Jessica BaumgartStokes Foot Path24.5We cleared some major blowdowns on Stokes along the two western prongs of the trail.Jason, Ethan, Tim, Goat, Kevin, and Ben Houston
2018-05-12Jessica BaumgartGreat Dome Foot Path24.5We brushed the trail and scoped a report of a leaning tree along the top of Kitchamakin Hill. We decided it's not suitable for us volunteers to try to remove.Jason, Ethan, Tim, Goat, Kevin, and Ben HoustonThe white pine leaner along the top of Kitchamakin probably either needs to fall on its own or be removed by someone with more training and experience than us average volunteers.
2018-05-12Jessica BaumgartLaurel Path24.5We confirmed a report of a fallen tree.

(This piece of single track between 3121 and the Great Cedar Swamp doesn't seem to have a corresponding identity on http://friendsofthebluehills.org/trails-resources/chickatawbut-section-3000/. I'm grouping it with Laurel Path because that's what it's near, but it could be an eastern part of Hemlock Bound Foot Path.)
Jason, Ethan, Tim, Goat, Kevin, and Ben HoustonThe tree on the single track next to the Great Cedar Swamp and 3121 needs a chainsaw.
2018-05-12Jessica BaumgartCochato Path (FBH)24.5This path was too flooded for us to give it the attention it needed. We removed some blowdowns and debris and could see more along the fence in portions that were under water. We decided not to wade in to make more progress.Jason, Ethan, Tim, Goat, Kevin, and Ben HoustonLots of trees are down along the fence with I93. Since this trail floods, it might be that working it needs to wait until late summer when conditions are often drier.
2018-05-12Jessica BaumgartCochato Path (FBH)24.5We brushed and removed some blowdowns from this single track that is west of Cochato, but doesn't seem to have its own identity on http://friendsofthebluehills.org/trails-resources/chickatawbut-section-3000/.

The closest identifying numbers on the map are 3090 and 3121. This trail is the one just north of I93, almost across Laurel Path from Cochato.
Jason, Ethan, Tim, Goat, Kevin, and Ben HoustonA chainsaw would most efficiently remove a fallen tree from the 3121 end of this unnamed single track immediately north of I93 (across Laurel Path from Cochato).
2018-06-05Judy JacobsWampatuck Path20Raked about 1/4 mile (not as far as 3153 and cleared brush and debris on the side of the trail.Kit Maz-Stanley, Susan Fitzgerald, James Stanley, Jeff Hedden, Venn Jammela Medela, Cherry Chun, Danielle Berry, Kelley Medeiros, Lesa Leppo, Kerri JoyceMore raking. We'll bring corporate groups to complete.
2018-06-20Judy Lehrer JacobsWampatuck Path22Raked, cut some of the low-hanging branches and removed some of the storm debris from the side of the trail. Started where the last group left off on Wampatuck Path so that it's now raked up to 3153.Charlie Samia, Michelle Froc, Jordan Shaw, Matt Darst, Martha O'Connor, Jeff Korske, Yiu Wong, Shawn Clark, Paul Folino, David Alger, Melissa PalumboThere is still raking that can be done as you follow Wampatuck to the left after 3135.

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