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Some of the many people who helped on the Whetton Woods project: l-r,  Greg Padick, Terry Wakeman, Bill Bland, Rob Beach.

It turned into a busy summer for stewardship activities at Joshua’s Trust.

During July, volunteers were hard at work building a bridge at our Whetten Woods preserve in Storrs.  Carpenter Bill Bland was joined by several other volunteers who hauled materials out to the site and constructed a 40+ foot bridge/boardwalk over a stream on the preserve.

This will allow easier hiking for the various groups and individuals using this preserve.  As Storrs Downtown grows, Whetten Woods will play an increasingly important role both as a recreational outlet and as preserved open space for the growing community.

Thanks all who participated in the Whetten Woods work party:  Bill Bland, Owen Bland, Rob Beach, Gwen Haaland, Bill Ingalls, Charlie McCaughtry, Neil Moynihan, John Morey, Greg Padick, Andy Torres and Terrence, Terry Wakeman, and Karen Zimmer. for their enthusiasm for working in the woods in the summertime along with the humidity and the bugs!

Our next stewardship projects include a bridge at the Utley Hill Preserve in Columbia and repairs to the boardwalk at Dunham Woods.  We are also gearing up for repainting and repairing signs and kiosks as well as installing new ones where needed.  In addition to the routine trail and boundary maintenance conducted by our preserve stewards, we’ve also got lots of other stewardship projects in the works to improve access to and wildlife habitat on the preserves.

So, please join us.  We need your help to keep our properties serving a vital role as open space in our communities.  Please visit us at our new headquarters at the Atwood Farm, 624 Wormwood Hill Road in Mansfield.  We are open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1- 4 p.m.

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