How do you clear 5 miles of trail through rugged country and the densest laurel you’ve ever seen? You bring in an Americorps crew!
Americorps NCCC is a domestic service program, with teams of young people who commit to a year of service doing all kinds of volunteer and relief work. CFPA was lucky enough to be approved for a month-long crew this past August. Hailing from all corners of the country, the team arrived in Warren, CT ready to clear and build a new section of the Mattatuck Trail. CFPA recently received permission from the City of Waterbury to build 6 miles of new trail on watershed lands on the west side of the Shepaug Reservoir. Previously inaccessible to the public, this new trail will wind through a wild landscape connecting an important piece of the Mattatuck Trail to the Mohawk Trail in Cornwall.
But none of this would have been possible without the Americorps team. They worked through the rain, the heat, and the mosquitoes. The laurel was no match for their loppers, the roots no match for their rakes. They encountered nearly a dozen ground nests of bees, but undeterred they worked on. Thanks to their hard work and commitment to service, this new trail is almost a reality. We expect to officially open the trail in Spring, 2015.