The October Woods Committee (WC) meeting will be held by remote access via Zoom meeting on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Our meetings are routinely held on the first Monday of each month. An online meeting will also be held on Monday, November 2nd.
To join the WC meeting, please use: By internet: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83939301231?pwd=bFF3VmtEelhDOFlobERyMFBaekFFQT09 By phone: 301 715 8592 / Meeting ID: 839 3930 1231 Password: 340604
The goal of the Woods Committee is to preserve our forests in the East and West Woods. One present focus is trail identification and maintenance. The Woods Committee encourages enjoyment of our woods and trail systems. However, sometimes use by residents and surrounding neighbors threatens forest preservation. Bicycles cause rutting and deterioration of the trails. Short cutting and bushwhacking compact root systems of established trees, trample blueberry and spice bush, and prevent the growth of holly and other tree saplings. Use of metal detectors and digging for artifacts invites erosion. We encourage hikers to stay on authorized trails and to keep dogs on leash. Authorized trails near Town residences have been identified with wood chips. Other trails are marked with a yellow blaze on trees. The Cherry Trail from the Franklin Trail to the bridge has been recently rerouted and chipped to avoid traversing wet areas.
Special thanks go to Virginia Quesada for her efforts. During the coming year, the Woods Committee will continue to work on marking and identifying trails and making authorized trails more passable in wet weather. We would like to preserve our forests for the enjoyment of current residents and future generations.