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Friday, November 14, 2008

Trails Committee shorts, Nov. 7

Public walk. The Trails Committee scheduled a post-Thanksgiving Trail Walk for Friday, November 28, at 1 p.m., on the Davis Corridor and Malcolm Meadows land. The route will include a bridge being named in honor of Hal Shneider who hand-made many of the trail signs around town. Interested hikers should plan to meet in the parking lot at Malcolm Meadows off Stearns Street.

Trekker Award. Chair Henry Cox bestowed the Trekker Award on Eric and Claire Brandhorst (see photo, page 3.) Past winner of the Trekker Award was Mary Zoll in 2007. To obtain the award, residents must hike the 35.12 miles of designated trails in town and assist a few hours on a Trails Committee project. The recipients, numbers three and four, received a sewn patch and a certificate. Anyone interested can obtain a log to record hikes by downloading a copy from

Documentation requested. The Massachusetts Society of Municipal Conservation Professionals has requested input from Carlisle according to Land Stewardship Committee Co-chair Warren Lyman. The Massachusetts organization has previously produced a book entitled “Managing Conservation Lands.” According to Lyman, the book needs revision and the society would like examples of the town’s land management plans, the trails network, sample land rental licenses and photographs. The trails group agreed to help in supplying the information. “It’s a huge thing to have a separate trails committee,” said Lyman. “You’re one of the gems of the town’s committees in staying on top of things and getting things done.” He added that the “one thing every one wants to know [is] where you get your monies from.” The committee, staffed by appointees, gets its funds primarily from grants, periodic Town Meeting support, and private donations. The group’s projects are staffed by volunteer labor.

Trail maintenance. On Sunday, November 16, the committee hopes to remedy some fallen tree issues on the Circle Trail in the Estabrook Woods in Concord near the Two Rod Road trail and the Carlisle border. ∆

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