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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Save the Date! GWLT Hike Series on Feb 16 in Nick’s Woods!

Getting a little stir-crazy staying inside this winter? Get out and explore wild Worcester with GWLT board member Mike Peckar at the Trust’s Nick’s Woods conservation area. Hikers will leave at 10am and return about noon.

Participants may park at Tri-Life Church, Holden Street, Worcester, MA.  map

Free and open to the public!
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Pictures from our First Day hike in Kinneywoods here!

 

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In the news: GWLT Grant to Protect Paxton forestland

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette has an article by Craig Semon about GWLT’s recent grant to help add a missing piece to our Four-Town Greenway:

A round of state grants for land conservation awarded last week includes money that will help extend a hiking trail loop next to the Paxton recreation complex off West Street (Route 31) and preserve a “missing piece” of an east-west corridor of open space that connects a hiking trail in Worcester to the Mid-State Trail, according to the Greater Worcester Land Trust.

To read the entire article, visit: https://www.telegram.com/news/20190121/paxton-forestland-to-be-protected-under-state-conservation-grant

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GWLT Series: Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Earlier this year, I became a board member of the Greater Worcester Land Trust. As the youngest member on the board, this was a somewhat intimidating prospect at first, but I’ve slowly become accustomed to the position. It has been a rewarding experience that has opened my eyes to conservation and recreation in ways I never would have imagined. 

The GWLT is a non-profit conservation organization based in Worcester, Massachusetts that has helped to preserve myriad properties in and around the city. One such property is Broad Meadow Brook. Deemed “Your Sanctuary in the City,” it is a Massachusetts Audubon Society property, but the Land Trust holds a Conservation Restriction on the Property.

On a beautiful blue Christmas day, Lauren and I parked at the visitor center on Massasoit Road and began our jog through the pristine city wilderness. There wasn’t a drop of snow left on the ground sans a few icy patches here and there. We took the Holdredge Trail to the Frog Pond Trail and then cut over to the Sprague Trail up the hill and caught up with the Power Line Trail.

The Power Line Trail had perfect footing, so we opted to take it all the way to the Cardinal Trail, where we made a brief stop at the Quarry Overlook and then headed back down toward the Troiano Brookside Trail, which follows along the scenic Broad Meadow Brook on a nearly flat trail.

We followed the signs back toward the visitor’s center over the Lady Slipper Trail, with a run of just over 4 miles. It’s definitely a place I plan on coming back to and am grateful there is such a place located in the heart of the city.

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