Wish List

Looking for a community service project?  See below for ideas.  Prospective Eagle Scouts: Please scroll to the bottom of this page for more information about working with the Trails Committee to complete an Eagle Scout project. These project are listed in no particular order: 

1. Paugussett Trail - Meadow Street to Independence: 1. At the Wiacek open space between Meadow Street and Const. Blvd No., provide stepping stones ("harden trail") in the wet wooded areas and elevated planks on the edge of the hayfield where it is wet for much of the year. 2. Reroute off of meadow into woods. 3. Reroute off of utility road into woods (this is a barberry thicket).  4. Harden trail between Wellington and Independence Drive near bridge.

2. Paugussett Trail - "Poet Path" Section (north of Boulder Path/Princess Winonah in the White Hills):  Rebuild steps, build more steps, add privacy element at driveway, dig trail into side of hill. This is a big enough project for multiple Eagle Scout projects. This is Land Trust property so all improvements need permission from the Land Trust along with CFPA.

3. Bluff Walk reroute at Riverview Park: Move the section of trail that runs behind the ballfield fences down the hill in the trees. This would involve a lot of benching into the side slope. The path behind the fences is often overgrown, not attractive, and there is a pile of landscaping debris now between the two fields that people need to walk around.   DONE, although some finishing touches and litter cleanup are still needed as of Dec 2016. 

4. Trail Stabilization - multiple locations:  Badly needed! Once water starts running down a trail it's just a matter of time before the trail turns into a deep gully or a mud hole. A little effort now redirecting water off the trail will prevent bigger problems in the future. We have an AMC guidebook that shows how to do it. Problem areas are:
  • The Bluff Walk at Riverview Park (see map). 
  • Birchbank Trail - mud holes on lower section from ATVs and streams flowing down the trail (map)
  • Turkey Trot Trail (one steep hill is washing out - a reroute may be one option, see location)
6. Gristmill Trail:  Needs a small pile of solidified concrete removed and trail stabilization on one section that gets washed out when the Far Mill River jumps its banks and runs down the trail. This trail section is near the Judson Street end of the trail and has a lot of exposed roots. Some heavy gravel fill may be necessary. It floods about once a year and there is a strong current when it floods. (See map)

7. Paugussett Trail feeder trail steps at Indian Well: At the white trail across from the beach entrance, this trail leads steeply up the hill to connect to the Paugussett. Build a section of wide steps up the first steep section. Remove the defunct kiosk. Requires permission from the CT DEEP and CFPA. Also possible signage, but must be coordinated with CFPA.  CFPA is taking care of this.

8. Hope Lake: Remove the big concrete bridge foot on the Hope Lake island. We have no idea how. The concrete needs to be broken up.

9. Boehm Pond stream crossing. Bridge?  Trails Committee members completed this. 


Instructions for Eagle Scout Service Projects involving Shelton Trails

Boy Scouts interested in performing their Eagle Scout Service Project are requested to follow the following procedures. Shelton Trails has a list of potential projects listed on our blog (above). 

However scouts are encouraged to propose other projects involving trails. To select one of the listed projects or to propose your own project, contact Bill Dyer via phone, 203-668-8707, or email, billdyer3@gmail.com. Once a project is selected, the scout should talk to his scout leaders to insure it meets the requirements of an Eagle Service Project. Bill may assign another member of the Trails Committee to work with scout. The scout is requested to contact his assigned Trails Representative at least once per month by phone or email to verify continued interest in the project as he develops his detailed plan. The Trails Representative will sign the Eagle Service Project forms as the project Beneficiary. Should the scout decide on another project not involving Trails, he should immediately make contact to release the project to another scout.

All projects involving Shelton Trails must be presented to the Trails Committee and Conservation Commission for approval before work can begin. Trails meet on the first Wednesday of each month in Room 303 of City Hall from 5:30 to 7:00 pm and Conservation follows Trails at 7:00 to conclusion. Thus the scout is encouraged to come to Trails after 6:30 to present and then stay until Conservation convenes for a second presentation.

If the project involves crossing a stream or wetlands, the scout must also get the approval of the Shelton Inland Wetlands Commission. In order to obtain their approval, the scout must first meet with John Cook, the Inland Wetlands Officer, and fill in their application form. This must be done a week or more before the Inland Wetlands meeting, which occurs on the second Thursday of every month, also in room 303 of City Hall, starting at 7:00 pm. To meet with John Cook (203-924-1555, ext 23), the scout needs to make an appointment to meet with the Trails Representative and John at his office in City Hall, also in room 303, during his work hours of 8:00 am to 5:30 pm, Tuesday through Friday. Usually the scouts will get Trails/Conservation approval first, but if the schedule dictates, the scout may get Inland Wetlands approval first. After receiving all approvals, the scout and Trails Representative should meet at the site, can be the first day of the work, to insure no surprises with the finished product.   

The Trails Committee has a wide variety of hand tools available for use and a 6-wheeled “Gator” very useful for bringing heavy materials into a trail location. Once the project is completed to the satisfaction of the scout and the Trails Representative, he/she will sign off on the project and prepare the required acceptance letter. If schedules permit, the Trails Representative will come to the Court of Honor to say a few words on behalf of the scout and the benefit of the project to the trail user. 




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