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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.


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!

Volunteer News: Trail Work Elves

Volunteering with Greater Worcester Land Trust and Greater Worcester Land Trust Volunteers come in many forms!

There are volunteers that love organized, group events.

There are volunteers that enjoy participating in an event, but sort of on the sideline.

There are volunteers that quietly work away on a project on their own.

There are volunteers that see something that needs doing, and they just do it.

And, there are volunteers that quietly tend to a project and we never know who they are!

It never ceases to amaze me how many volunteers are out there in the wilds of Worcester helping to steward GWLT lands.

Several years ago, when we began work on refreshing the Tetasset Ridge Trail and other trails associated with God’s Acre, I first noticed an amazing thing – work we planned on continuing during a subsequent Trail Work event had already been done!  There were Trail Work Elves! We would return to where we ended the trail work and discover more had been completed or the trail was “tidied” just a little more. Temporary bridges were placed over wet areas, trails were lined with downed branches, and there were signs the trail had been used.  It was incredible!

Since that time, Trail Work Elves continue to do their work!  We never see them, but we see the work they do!

This silent Corps of Volunteers continue their work to this day.  There are times we receive a notification informing us that a downed tree is blocking the trail, or that vegetation has overgrown onto the trail.  We plan on a Trail Work event to tend to the matter, and lo and behold – it is already done!

To all those secret volunteers – THANK YOU!

Your work is much appreciated.

And for those of you that LOVE big, organized events, get ready for the GWLT Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday, April 7th from 8am to noon.  This is the morning we continue our cleanup efforts at Cascades East. And, then follow-up with a cookout at Cascading Waters!  It is a time to do some hard work, help cleanup a GWLT property, and share a meal with friends.  

(It is also very likely Tracy’s cookies will be available…)


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