For many years, Elias Ricard, a neighbor to CFPA’s Whitney Forest, has been working towards becoming an Eagle Scout through his local troop in Lebanon, CT. He approached CFPA in 2016 to see if we had any larger projects for him to tackle on the Whitney Forest as his final Eagle Scout project. It just so
happened that CFPA had plans for several tasks, but was not sure when or how these projects were going to get completed.
In 2015, CFPA carried out a timber harvest on its Whitney Forest and also completed the Hibbard Trail, a 1.5 mile long loop trail that weaves through various harvest areas and habitats. The final stages of this project were to install additional trail infrastructure and a routed sign along the roadside to increase visibility of this local asset.
With minimal guidance from CFPA, Elias ran with this project and completed it in early spring 2017. With the help of CFPA volunteer, Emery Gluck, and that of his fellow scouts he built and installed bog bridges along the trail route and worked with teachers and students at Windham Tech to design, route, assemble, paint and install a beautiful property sign along the roadside.
This project has greatly improved the user experience along the trail and increased the visibility of the Whitney Forest, CFPA and the Hibbard Trail. Thank you Elias for the wonderful work you have done!