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Volunteer News: 2018 Earth Day Cleanup!

It happened again — another Earth Day Cleanup at Cascades East!  

And, thanks to a group of intrepid volunteers, it was a success!

Besides being kind enough to wake early on a Saturday morning, they jumped right into the task of pushing wheelbarrows up a hill to the old dump site.  They would then spend a fair amount of time removing broken glass, metal, tires, rubber tubing, etc. from the area. Being New England, and given a winter that just wants to hang on, all this was done while there was still about an inch of snow on the ground.

After filling a wheelbarrow, they headed back down the hill with their prize collection.

We then sorted through the materials to set aside recyclable metals from material that would end up in the dumpster.  (Thanks to another volunteer, the metal ends up at a recycling center the following week.)

After a brief break and some conversation, the volunteers would head back up the hill and repeat the process.

Unbelievable!

Despite frozen hands, hard work, and repetitive activity, they continued to work.  And chat!

All this was followed by a rather fun and relaxing cookout at Cascading Waters!  We had a chance to talk about the event, talk about future events, and chat like old friends around a campfire.

An absolutely wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning and a bit of the afternoon.

To all those that participated – THANK YOU!

You have made a difference!

Event: Green Friday / Opt Outside Hike!

Why fight the crowds when you can get outside? Here at GWLT, we’ll be celebrating Green Friday with a roughly 4-mile hike from 8 AM – 11 AM. The hike will start at Cascading Waters and go to the future Holbrook Forest on Salisbury Street on the Worcester/Holden line. Shuttle back to origin offered.

To RSVP or for more information email colin@gwlt.org.

Hike Tonight at The Cascades!

Tonight, Wed. the 27th, at 5:30pm, there will be a hike from Cascading Waters through Cascades East, through Cascades Park, and back to Cascading Waters. We will pass Wunneompset (the split boulder) and the Cascades.

If you are interested in attending we encourage you to park on Cataract Street by the bridge and hike down 0.05mi, or to park on Soheili Circle off of Olean Street, as the Olean Street parking at the trailhead fills up really fast.

Picture of part of the Cascades conservation area preserved by the Greater Worcester Land Trust in Worcester, Massachusetts
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A Bit of GWLT History: Cascades West

September 16, 1991:

Cascades West, a large property on the southern edge of Holden, adjoins Worcester’s Boynton Park on the west (in Paxton) and Worcester’s Cascades Park on the east (in Worcester). In the early 1900’s Cascades West operated as a farm, as did the areas atop the hill to the east of Howard Street (a.k.a. Silver Spring Road).

Previous to GWLT’s acquisition, the land was owned by three partners: Jones, Briel, and Whiting. They intended to develop the property and had intermittently looked into the costs and restrictions of installing required infrastructure in this remote location. They logged the property and allowed firewood cutting. When Mr. Whiting died, his surviving spouse Joan proposed that the two remaining partners either donate the property for conservation or finally develop it. Thankfully, they decided on the former.

This belt of open space, now known as “The Cascades”, was established as a GWLT property in September 1991. It ran from Cataract Street in Worcester to Mower Street in Paxton and totaled over 250 acres of forest, wetland, trail, and overgrown pasture. Working from the original linchpin of Cascades West, this belt of open space has expanded to run from Marshall Street in Leicester to Moreland Green Drive in Worcester. It now totals over 800 acres of open space.

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