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A Great Eagle Scout Project in the Offing

by Bobby Blair
September 27, 2018

Only on several occasions have I actually seen a vehicle parked in the small parking lot of the Town Forest located on Highland Street directly across from the apple orchards at Highland Farm. 

A parking lot which appears to be separate from the actual entrance to the forest is a short distance of less than several hundred feet apart.

This town forest, not to be confused with a larger tract of land on Adams Street in the west of town is smaller than its cousin, consisting of over thirty acres of woodland. The land was donated to the town by Bill Henrich who served the town at one time as our tree warden.

The parking lot is small, maybe large enough for several cars, maybe one more if a pile of brush (above) were removed from the property. Litter and empty bottles and cans are strewn about. A large billboard which the viewer would assume at one time showed maps (below) to the property has now deteriorated to the point it is literally unreadable. No discernable foot paths appear to emanate from the parking lot leaving one to wonder exactly where the entrance to the forest actually is.

Back down Highland Street towards Hollis Street a distance of several hundred feet next to the town forest sign a gravel fire road (below) appears. No signs indicate that this could be the entrance to the town forest. One could only presume that it could be. What a great project for a member of the National Honor Society or a Boy Scout looking to make it their Eagle Scout project, by replacing the map sign and doing a general clean up of the area.

Interested parties can contact Chairwoman of the Town Forrest Committee Joanne Hulbert at 508-429-6175 or Conservation Agent Ryan Clapp at 508-429-0607.

 

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Comments (3)

Just a thought....would paddling out or wading through the thicket to retrieve the orange DPW barrel that is in view from the recently beautified 8 arch bridge area be a consideration for a merit badge or scout project? The scenic view from atop the bridge is disrupted by the DPW barrel...although the buoyant barrel is orange, it does not blend very well into the natural fall color palette. An alternative suggestion would be for DPW to put a bounty on the barrel...reminiscent of the scene from Jaws when anyone/everyone with a boat was ready to take to the waters... just sayin...could be great sport

- Paul | 10/1/18 11:42 AM

I have a scout looking for an eagle project - he will call today.

- Toni Spitzer | 9/28/18 3:11 PM

I'll make sure Troop 76's Eagle candidates see this

- Bruce Wood | 9/27/18 11:57 AM

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