Final Preparations underway for participating in the nation’s largest single volunteer day.
Sturbridge: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers of East Brimfield and Westville lakes, the local trail committees of Brimfield, Holland, Sturbridge and Southbridge along with the Grand Trunk Trailblazers are in final preparations for hosting National Public Lands Day (NPLD) to be held on Saturday, September 22 for Holland and East Brimfield Lake and Saturday Sept 29 for Westville, Southbridge, Brimfield and Sturbridge, from 8:30 am to noon.
NPLD is the nation’s largest one day event to encourage volunteerism to help support our public lands. Locally this year’s NPLD is the 10 consecutive event. This year’s effort is spread out over four towns, on two different days. On Saturday Sept 22, the Holland Trail Committee along with the Corps of Engineers Park Rangers of East Brimfield Lake will be working on improving the Lake Siog Pass, a trail that links Holland and Lake Siog to the Grand Trunk trail in Brimfield. Work includes minor grass and brush trimming, spread base gravel and applying the fine gravel finished surface. The Holland trail committee has a special need for small utility bucket type tractors to assist in the fine gravel work. Registration will be held at the trail head parking lot on Pond Bridge Rd. starting at 8:30 am. A pizza lunch will be served at noon.
Pre registration is requested so appropriate plans can be made and pizza ordered. Walk in registration will be held at each area at 8:30 am. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, water bottle, and wear appropriate shoes and clothes for the work and weather.
NPLD will be held rain or shine (except for extreme wet weather). For more information on NPLD visit their web site at http://www.publiclandsday.org/. Local registration for any of the above projects can be done by contacting Park Ranger Tom Chamberland at Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 508-347-3705, or contact Sturbridge Trail Committee chair Randy Redetzke at RRedet@charter.net or Richard Haller, Holland Trail Committee chair at email@example.com or Rob Mahlert, Brimfield Trail Comm Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org .