Members in Attendance:
Beth TheriaultNichole Fecteau gave a short introduction and then introduced Jacob Burgess, Eagle Scout hopeful
showed us a map of the area, indicating his intended trail and talked about his plan to construct the trail from Dobson Rd to Sullivan Street starting in March and ending in early June.
We then talked about ways the Trails Committee could support Jacob. One way we can help out is to make trail signs, pointers, blazes, and name the trails.
Kate Gardoqui, Noble High teacher of the Nature Writing Class is looking to involve her class in making 3-4 signs to guide people to understanding the woods around them. Kate and her class will scout out the area via a few field trips and identify unique where the signs should be located. The signs will be PVC signs printed with illustrations.
Having been turned down for one grant she applied for, she is working on getting some money from Hannaford for the project.
Michelle Manning, an abutter on Logan Street, spoke of her concern about “undesirable” people using the trail and trail safety. Dave Andreesen, who lives on Dobson Rd concurred with her concerns. We brainstormed about how we could involve the local police department, possibly adding a bike patrol to that area. We also could use trail cameras in areas that are prone to trouble, if that becomes an issue. We all agreed that we want to foster a respect for this land and that the more people we have using it for its intended purpose, the less undesirable activity we will see.
Beth and Kate talked about having geocaching available.
The site would be registered on Geocaching.com and a volunteer would plant a couple of Geocaches in the woods. This is a popular hobby and would bring in people from out of town to explore our Penny Pond trail area.
Christina Richardson- wants to explore using Letterboxes in the area- similar to geocaching but no GPS needed. A rubber stamp in in a weatherproof box and finders of the letterbox stamp their books.
Brian Rhodus thought that upon completion we should try to do a race/run of some sort.
possibly a Boyscout sponsored run- fun run?