Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Spring Cleaning

Spring is sprung,  
The grass is riz,
I wonder where
The boidies is?

Finally we had a weekend of warm, mostly dry weather, and an opportunity to work on one of our trails. Overcast skies and potential rain probably kept some potential volunteers away, but we gathered up a few industrious souls and worked on cutting away some of the overgrowth at the Lane Street end of the Shelton Rec Path. While we had some young, strong SHS students to do the dirty work, we were also able to move a large boulder onto the entrance to the trail to prevent unauthorized vehicles from wandering into the meadow.
Trails Committee members Jim, Terrance, and Richard were assisted by volunteers Steve, Steele, and Cameron. Committee member Sandie was our photographer.

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Jim enlists the aid of Steele and Steve
"You're moving that pebble from here to there?" asked Cameron

Just as they were about to give up, here comes the cavalry!
Terrance is poised to provide an unwelcome poke if necessary

"Almost there, men!"

"What do you mean 'This is the wrong boulder!' ?"

Work switches over to opening up the overgrown path. Steve, Steele and Cameron cut, rake and remove unwanted vegetation

Cameron and brother Steele

Work progresses farther down the trail

Refreshing drinks were kept cool in nature's refrigerator, the brook.

Jim used hedge clippers to clear out the heavy stuff...

...while Terrance employed a weed-whacker to get down low

Meanwhile, Steve cleared away brush from an old water tank discarded near the edge of the wetlands. It was on the list of trash to be removed from the area

At first thought to be too heavy to haul out by hand, it was much lighter than expected, and Steve and Steele were able to carry it out to the street for the city to pick up.

This completed a fruitful morning of several accomplishments. The rain never materialized, and we were able to attain our goals for this work party.