November Nature Walks


November Nature Walks

Heald Orchard

Heald Orchard

November Nature Walks

To draw attention the land that could be affected by the TGP/KM pipeline, we are leading  nature walks along the proposed pipeline route. This will happen in November.  If towns hosts a walk through one of their most cherished forests, fields, or farms that would be affected by the construction of the pipeline, this will be a spectacular walking weekend.

Saturday, November 8,  10 am
Retelle and Deer Jump Reservations
Walk in the Retelle Reservation (conservation land) and Deer Jump Resevation (AVIS Land Trust land) where the proposed pipeline will cross Andover land, near access to our water supply, before crossing the Merrimack River. Fred Snell from AVIS will lead. Meet on Brundrett Rd., off River Rd. going west, off Rt. 93 in Andover.

Saturday, November 8, 10am- 1pm
Lowell-Dracut State Forest
Hike through the Lowell-Dracut State Forest on trails that would be crossed by the proposed pipeline.  1:00pm Join the New England Mountain Bike Association for a post-nature-walk “Pipeline Awareness Ride”. Meet at the Trotting Park Rd entrance.

Sunday, November 16, 1-3 pm
Pheasant Ridge to the Squannacook River
Park along the side of Pheasant Ridge Road and join Conservation Commissioners Ronnie Kell and Emily Norton as they guide you through several parcels of protected lands. We’ll hike from land owned by the Townsend Conservation Land Trust to the MA DFW’s Squannacook River Wildlife Management Area to MA DCR’s Townsend State Forest. Habitats will vary from forest to pine barrens to our own Outstanding Resource Waters, the Squannacook River. Kinder Morgan plans to run its pipeline through those protected natural spaces. Call Emily at 978-597-3553 with questions or if the weather is threatening.

Sunday, November 9, 9 am
Pepperell Springs Conservation Area.
Walkers should meet at the Pepperell Water Department Building on Chestnut Street (formerly the Belmont Springs Bottling Plant). We will walk north from Chestnut Street, following existing trails and cart paths as much as possible (though some bushwacking may be involved) and try to stay close to the Pipeline route. We will walk as far as Oak Hill Street and then return to the Water Department Building via the Jeff Smith Trail along the Gulf Brook Ravine. Total walking distance will be approximately 3 miles. Pepperell naturalists Pat Swain Rice and Michael Veit will join us to identify interesting plants, birds and wildlife that we encounter during the walk. If you have questions, please contact either Paula Terrasi at 978-314-1910 or Russ Schott at 978-433-9422.

BOLTON (Worcester Lateral):
Saturday November 8, 1 pm
Join the Bolton Conservation Trust, Bolton Conservation Commission and STOP the Pipeline/Bolton  for a nature walk along part of the proposed pipeline route near Randall Road. We will hike the trails through one of Bolton’s most pristine conservation areas, see beautiful views of vernal pool habitat from a ledge overlook and talk about the possible impact to the conservation land and adjoining private land, if the pipeline project is approved. Please park along the paved portion of Randall Road or Rocky Dundee Road. We will meet at the beginning of the dirt section of Randall Road at the intersection with Rocky Dundee. The walk will be held in good and fair weather but cancelled in heavy rain. Wear shoes/boots that provide ankle support and traction. For further information please contact: Carol Gumbart (weekdays) at 978-779-3304, or Betsy Taylor-Kennedy

Sunday, November 9,  12- 4pm
Join renowned animal tracker, author, and photographer Paul Rezendes and his wife, Paulette Roy, for an exploration of the Bearsden/Gulf Road forests and Millers River in northeast Athol. Long-time residents of the area, we invite you to join us for a walk in our “neighborhood,” now threatened by the proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline. We’ll be hiking approximately 3 miles, much of it off-trail, through the forests and along the river, taking time to examine animal tracks and signs, trees and plants, and observe whatever nature presents to us. This is an opportunity to experience and appreciate one of the wildest, and most remote, undeveloped landscapes in the state.

Some of the terrain is steep and rugged so participants should be in good to excellent physical condition. We recommend that you wear warm, layered clothing, sturdy hiking boots (waterproof if possible), and bring water and snacks. Group size is limited to 15 people: please RSVP for information about meeting place.

Saturday, November 8th, 9-11 am
Lawton State Forest
Hike Lawton State Forest with Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust to see the proposed route of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. Meet at Skyfields Arboretum (1461 Old Keene Road, Athol) at 9am on Saturday, November 8. This two hour hike will focus on the portion of permanently-protected land in Lawton Forest which Kinder Morgan is proposing to appropriate for their Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct Project. The 365-acre Lawton Forest was protected in 1986 as Mount Grace’s first land conservation project after citizens in Athol and neighboring towns stepped forward to prevent the land from being developed and asked the trust to help protect the land in perpetuity. Please RSVP at

Saturday, November 8, 9am- 12 noon
Visit the wetlands surrounding Darling Brook and the area’s oldest black spruce forest. Guided by local naturalists. Meet at the corner of Hockanum and Wendell Rd. Wear water-proof shoes! Call Claire Green for information 413-544-7421. Heavy rains will cancel the hike.

Saturday, November 8, 1-3 pm
Walk along the New England Trail, which is crossed by the proposed pipeline in Northfield.  Led by naturalists Charley Eiseman and Julia Blyth, and landowner Walter Jaworski. Meet at the service entrance to Northfield Reservoir on Mountain Rd near the Northfield/ Erving town line. In case of inclement weather, call 413-225-3196.

Saturday, November 22,  1:30-3:00 pm
Join Franklin Land Trust naturalist Joshua Morse for a workshop on 430 privately conserved acres in Ashfield, MA. We will walk about 1.5 miles along an abandoned town way that passes through hayfield, northern hardwood forests, and ends on the wooded banks of the Bear River, all of which stand in the path of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline. Discussion during the walk will focus broadly on the pipeline’s potential impact on the conserved landscape of Franklin County, and particularly on the damage it could inflict on the Bear River’s delicate community of coldwater invertebrates and fish, including the striking native brook trout. Please RSVP to Josh Morse at Meet at the intersection of Baptist Corner Rd and North Bear River Rd in Ashfield.

Sunday, November 16th,  noon
This approximately 2 mile  hike will include steep terrain as well as easy to moderate in intensity parts.  We will be walking along electric transmission lines and in a wooded active wildlife corridor, sometimes off trail. The hike will be co-lead by an AMC certified hike leader, an adjacent land owner and a local Dalton author and environmentalist.  Meet on Grange Hall Road at the power lines at noon. Cars will be available for shuttle back. In case of inclement  weather call  413-655-2020 to confirm.

If you want to help out by suggesting a place to walk, advertising, or leading a walk, please contact Julia at

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