Greenwoods Conservancy Hike – Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Report by Monica & Irv Peters It was a wonderful day for a hike, especially after the somewhat miserable weather we have been having. 12 ADKers, (including a new member from Westford), and one guest showed up promptly at 8:45 at the meeting site and we were at the trailhead by 9:00. Seven did the Yellow Trail hike through the fields and woods to the beaver dams and gorge and the remainder walked Cranberry Bog Road and all met up at the big Bog. At that juncture we met up with another ADKer and homemade cookie bars were enjoyed there and finished off at the end of the hike back at the cars.
The dam hikers were treated to a newly reconstructed beaver dam below the original pond which appears to be about 10 feet high, in addition to the dam at the large pond where the bridge overlooks the Osprey nests and beaver house. Deer were observed and a blue heron as well. The stream passing under the gorge bridge was especially lovely with a mighty gush of water flowing past. Dr. Petersen has done a lot of trail work and the group enjoyed a chance to talk with him and meet his son who was engaged in trail maintenance and tree cutting along the Bog Road. It was a beautiful day and all who came were happy to have done so. Photographs of the beaver pond and dam were taken in August 2008 by Currie Marr.

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