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Houghton 2018 Reports

Houghton Section Trail Work Reports – 2018

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Date
Name
Trail
Hours
Work
Volunteers
Remaining Work
Comments
2018-01-21Bob FlaggDark Hollow Path0.75Walked trail removing branches after heavy rain & winds last week. Removed medium sized tree
2018-01-21Bob FlaggTucker Hill Path0.75Walked trail removing branches after heavy rain & winds last week. Removed medium sized tree.There was evidence of significant water flow from Marker 2094 to Skyline. Trail edges are raised above treadway so would be difficult to find many places to get water off the trail. Should try to find two - three sites.
2018-01-21Bob FlaggAthol Path0.5Walked trail removing branches after heavy rain & winds last week.
2018-01-21Bob FlaggBoyce Hill Trail0.5Walked trail removing branches after heavy rain & winds last week from marker 2117 to 2130.
2018-01-21Bob FlaggBarre Trail0.25Walked trail removing branches after heavy rain & winds last week from Marker 2130 to Quincy Path.
2018-01-28Bob FlaggDoe Hollow Path0.5Removed branches from trail from Marker 2152 to HQ Path.
2018-01-28Bob FlaggBugbee Path0.5Walked trail removing branches from path and side ditch.
2018-01-28Bob FlaggForest Path0.75Walked trail removing branches. picked up small bag of trash, cleaned swale near HQ Path.
2018-01-28Bob FlaggBouncing Brook Path0.75Walked trail removing branches. picked up small bag of trash, removed small trees overhanging path.
2018-01-28Bob FlaggFells Path0.75Major cleaning on grade reversal near Doe Hollow and second one near Marker 2152. Also unblocked culvert under Mass. Trail.
2018-01-28Bob FlaggBuck Hill Trail0.5Cleaned two grade reversals east of Marker 2210.
2018-02-13Bob VogelMattapan Trail (FBH)1Removed all small branches from trail. Scuffed duff from a good section of trail to make trailbed more visible, so folks can follow it. Rebuilt small cairns at Skyline end to mark start of trail.
2018-03-04John HahnfeldBoyce Hill Trail1.75Cleared a great deal of debris from path - more to be done - between marker 2153 and South Boyce Hill. Cleared the top part of a fallen Beech that was blocking trail on South Boyce Hill.Entire trail should be gone over once more to completely clear debris. (One can bend over just so many times in a day at 74.) There is a leaner over the trail between marker 2130 and the point where the Skyline trail crosses Boyce Hill Trail. This is hazardous and should be cleared by DCR asap.As indicated, the leaning tree from the recent storm should be dealt with as promptly as possible.
2018-03-06Bob VogelMattapan Trail (FBH)1Cleared all downed sticks from trail.No big trees down across my trail, however a BIG tree across Skyline just east of Dark Hollow Path.
2018-03-11John HahnfeldBurnt Hill Path5Beginning at Old Route 128, we cleared debris from the trail. Much of it could be dragged off, some of it required sawing. Did not complete full length of trail, as there was too much to do. Will return soon.Allan Greenberg
2018-03-18Bob FlaggBoyce Hill Trail2.5Walked trail from 2130 to Tucker Hill Path removing many large branches and medium sized trees from trail after heavy winds and 17" of snow over the last two days. Many of braches were half buied in the snow. Also cleaned trail from 2130 to Chickatawbut Road.
2018-03-18Bob FlaggDoe Hollow Path3Walked trail from 2137 to 2151 removing many large branches and medium sized trees from trail after heavy winds and 17" of snow over the last two days. Many of braches were half buried in the snow.
2018-03-20Bob VogelMattapan Trail (FBH)2Cleared downed trees.Bobby VogelThere is a LARGE (Chainsaw) tree across the Skyline trail between Dark Hollow PAth and MAttapan Trail. This is confusing folks and those going east are getting off the Skyline and creating a new trail up to the right of the Skyline. We piled brush to discourage this, but the real answer is to remove the downed tree on the Skyline and put up a bit more blue paint, so people can follow it through that wet section, where it tends to widen out as people try to avoid getting wet feet.We also cleared a downed tree at 2094 and cut up and removed a large limb in front of the gate at 2112, as well as cleared along Dark Hollow Path on our way to Mattapan Trail.
2018-03-26John HahnfeldBoyce Hill Trail2.5Worked section from 2153, not quite all the way to Red Dot Trail, significant medium sized debris from recent two storms was removed. Carol HahnfeldLEANER STILL EXISTS ON TRAIL BETWEEN 2130 AND LOCATION WHERE SKYLINE TRAIL CROSSES BOYCE HILL TRAIL - THIS IS DANGEROUS AND SHOULD BE REMOVED AT EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME. To my eye, there did not seem to be much supporting the upper portion of the tree where it hung up when falling. Walking under this thing is a bit nerve-wracking.
2018-03-25AMCSEMSkyline Trail7Removal of blowdowns following recent stormsPete Tierney, Skip MayslesBrush to usual standardsLarge trees requiring removal with chain saw have been reported to FBH
2018-03-27Pete TierneyPaddock Trail12.5Clear numerous blowdowns on unpaved section connecting roadway to intersection 2053.Lars, Eva, Peggy, Miho, Bill, UteOne tree has been limbed but needs removal with chain saw. Low priority, can be passed without leaving treadway.
2018-03-27Pete TierneyAyer Trail7Many blowdowns removed within 400 yards of trail's origin at intersection 2072Lars, Eva, Peggy, Miho, Bill, UteCut back greenbriar
2018-04-01Chris MullinAMC Footpath1.5Removing branches and limbs downed in the storms.Rachel Mullin, Molly MullinThree larger trees fallen across the trail still need to be removed.
2018-04-01Chris MullinNEMBA Trail (FBH)1.5Removing fallen branches and limbs from trailRachel Mullin, Molly Mullin
2018-03-31John HahnfeldBurnt Hill Path2Completed the removal of trail blocking obstacles and debris. Trail is now open from end to end. Minor debris that doesn't actually impede convenient use of trail will be dealt with later in spring.
2018-04-08Chris MullinPrescott Foot Path0.5cleared downed branches and trees from trail.
2018-04-08Chris MullinDover Trail0.5cleared downed branches and trees from trail
2018-04-08Chris MullinFern Spring Foot Path0.75cleared downed branches and trees from trail
2018-04-08Chris MullinBuck Hill Trail0.5cleared downed branches and trees from trail
2018-04-08Chris MullinDoe Hollow Path0.5cleared downed branches and trees from trail
2018-04-07Pete TierneyAndover Path0.75Cut branches and trees obstructing trail, remove debris from trail
2018-04-07Pete TierneyNursery Trail1Cut branches and trees obstructing trail, remove debris from trail
2018-04-09Bob VogelMattapan Trail (FBH)0.5Cleared two downed trees from trail, and top of a third tree hanging down. Removed all small sticks from trail.
2018-04-09Bob VogelSkyline Trail1Removed 5" hardwood that was leaning into the trail. Removed parts of large (18" or so) downed tress that was laying diagonally across the path, causing folks to get off trail. I couldn't move the large 18" but end, but it isn't IN the trail. I got the upper 2/3 of the tree moved out and it's passable now. Removed downed hardwood tree across Skyline at junction with Dark Hollow Path.
2018-04-14John GoldrosenForest Path3.5Cut and moved downed trees from side of trail (where DCR had pushed them) further back, and off living trees. Cleared brush off trail. Cleaned and cleared culvert under trail at 2194. Trimmed foliage overhanging trail.Clean trash from trailheads.
2018-04-26Bob VogelSkyline Trail0.5Cut downed trees, picked up downed branches.Only did from Headquarters Path to 2072. There is one big tree top that was hanging into the trail. I cut away some branches to allow easier passage, but was alone it wasn't a 1 person job to try and take it down.
2018-04-26Bob VogelAyer Trail0.25Cut downed trees and picked up downed branches.
2018-04-26Bob VogelDover Trail0.25Cut downed trees and picked up downed branches.
2018-04-26Bob VogelBugbee Path0.5Cut downed trees and picked up downed branches.
2018-04-26Bob VogelMattapan Trail (FBH)0.5Cleared fallen branches. Rebuilt cairns at ends.
2018-04-26Bob VogelMassachuseuck Trail0.25Cut downed trees and picked up downed branches.
2018-04-26Bob VogelWinthrop Path (FBH)0.25Cut downed trees and picked up downed branches.
2018-04-26Bob VogelHillside Pond Trail0.25Picked up SOME of the vary many sticks down on this trail.MANY, MANY more sticks down, but I ran out of time today.
2018-05-03Bob VogelPig Rock Path0.75Cut fallen trees sticking into trail. Cleared trail of downed branches.
2018-05-03Bob VogelFern Spring Foot Path0.5Cleared downed branches from trail.Three trees across trail that I couldn't cut because I didn't have my saw with me.
2018-05-03Bob VogelBugbee Path0.5Cleared downed branches. Cut back tops of downed trees sticking into trail. From 2140 to 2190.
2018-05-03Bob VogelSkyline Trail0.25Picked up downed sticks.Big tree across trail between Buck Hill and Rt 28.
2018-04-13Judy JacobsBugbee Path52.5Rakes side ditches from 2111 to about 2155.Marie Ryan James MacDonald Tristen Harrop Gregory Potts Rosie Hickey Thanh Lai Dan Butterfield Michelle Leonard Jonathan Reich Nathan Pelletier Chris Detwiller Curtis Reaz David Colleran Rebecca Dorant Joe RobinoThere was still some raking.

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