SNETT Improvements (Bellingham/Franklin)
As part of BSTRA’s continuing commitment to make improvements to the Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT), we applied for and were awarded a partnership grant through the Dept. of Conservation & Recreation (DCR). DCR used funds from two partnership grants and over $200,000 in DCR capital funds, DCR constructed a 0.6–mile segment connecting Lake Street in Bellingham to Prospect Street in Franklin. Our contribution for this project came in two forms. One, a STEP grant received from the American Quarter Horse Association in the amount of $850 and BSTRA contributed $4,5500.83 to this project.
Inman Hill Wildlife Conservation Area Parking Improvements (Mendon, MA)
In April BSTRA had some work done to the entrance road and parking field at Inman Hill Wildlife Conservation Area. The access road and field were badly rutted and in such bad shape that people were not able to get access to parking. The project entailed spreading 4 loads of processed gravel to fill in the ruts in the road and straighten out the entrance to the field used for parking. The total cost to complete this project was $3,000.
Wallis Pond Cart Road Repairs, Douglas State Forest (Douglas, MA)
This trail is a very popular trail used by many different trail users, including equestrians, dog walkers, mountain bikers and cross country skiers, and it needed some TLC. Work started on August 11th to repair the cart road which is about .2 mile long and provides access to the Douglas State Forest trail system. The trail had eroded over the years, exposing rocks and roots and an uneven surface that made it difficult for trail users and emergency vehicles. Dead trees were cut and cleaned up courtesy of DCR. BSTRA hired WHP Trucking and Excavating to perform the excavation. They removed lots of big rocks and stumps to prepare for a new trail surface of 10 loads of 3/4 inch crushed gravel. Half of the gravel needed to complete this project was donated by BSTRA’s Platinum Sponsor, Pyne Sand & Stone of Douglas. The total cost to complete this project was $6,952.35.
East Trail (Mendon, MA)
BSTRA was awarded a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant administered by the Department of Conservation by the Department of Conservation & Recreation to improve .7 mile of trail. Most of the intensive work to be done was at the end of the trail, requiring transport of materials to the work area over some pretty tough terrain. BSTRA hired CJM Construction, Inc. to perform the trail improvements which required 299.86 tons of rip rap and 81.24 tons of loam. Of that total, 119.48 tons of gravel and 18.07 tons of rip rap were donated by BSTRA’s Platinum Sponsor, Kimball Sand Company, Inc. The RTP grant for $29,565.25, a grant from Constellation for $500, and BSTRA’s match of cash and volunteer labor of $13,834.19 made this a $43,881.44 project.
Mt. Jefferson Conservation Area Trail Bridges Project (Hubbardston, MA)
BSTRA paid for the materials to have railings installed for added safety on four new bridges in the Mt. Jefferson Conservation Area. BSTRA’s cost for this project was $1,000.
West Hill Dam (Uxbridge, MA)
BSTRA held a work day in April at West Hill Dam in Uxbridge, MA. Their 24th annual trail work day, in partnership with Army Corps of Engineers, was to clean up winter debris, cutting and brushing back as needed, and cleaning out all the water bars that have been installed over the years. The work was accomplished with 50 hours of volunteer labor, having a value of $1,450
SNETT Maintenance on Park Serve Day (Uxbridge, MA)
On Park Serve Day, April 29th, BSTRA’s work day brought out 17 volunteers to tackle SNETT maintenance between Chocolog Road and Aldrich St. This .7 mile section needed serious brushing and cutting back as it was very overgrown. Putting in 56.75 hours running two chainsaws, one brush cutter and everyone else stacking the brush on the sides to be chipped later, BSTRA finished the entire .7 mile. The value of the 56.75 hours of volunteer labor was $1,645.75. The Department of Conservation & Recreation came back in September to chip all the brush that we had stacked in April.
New connector trail established at the Douglas State Forest. Park Serve Day – April 23rd.
With a goal in mind, people from BSTRA, NEMBA (New England Mountain Bike Association), Troop 316 Douglas, and DCR we not only got the new trail in which covered .7 of a mile, we cleared .2 of a mile on the other side of SW Main St. and got the bases of two new bridges installed. This includes the ramp approaches to each that was built with rocks.
The bridges just need the decking and processed gravel installed on the ramps to be done.
On this Park Serve Day we put in a total of 163.5 hours with a worth of $4,741.50. Lunch was $187.20. The 19 hours of work before the work day was worth $55.10.
Grand Total: $4,983.80
Anti-slip strips installed on bridge at Upton State Forest on Park Serve Day – April 24th.
We picked a bridge at the Upton State Forest as it is a pretty busy place. This is our test bridge to see how these anti-slip strips will hold up and how well they do the job.
We all know how slippery wooden bridges can get. The cost of these strips for this one bridge is not cheap, we paid $924.75, plus the volunteer labor to install them.
In 2015, Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. (BSTRA) was awarded a partnership grant through the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc.
Our project had two components:
1. To improve a section of Ridge Trail in the Douglas State Forest (1.4 miles)
2. To improve two sections of the SNETT in Douglas . The first section is from the state line to Wallum Lake Road (2.46 miles) and from Monroe St. to West St. (1.44 miles)
The work was done in 2015 with a grant of $13,403. The match was as follows: Cash $11,262.64; Volunteer Labor $3,968.80; Lunch for volunteers $234.97; Donation of 5 truck loads of processed gravel $1,746.49. This gives us a Total Project Value of $30,615.90
Please read the Final Partnership Grant Report for full details.
In 2013, Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. (BSTRA) was awarded a grant through the Recreational Trails Grant Program administered by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR).
Our project had two components:
1. To improve the SNETT in Douglas between South Street and Monroe Street for a total of 2.67 miles.
2. Trail wide development strategy or “State of the SNETT” report.
The work was done in 2014 with a grant of $22,570. Along with a match of $14,508.25 to give this a Total Project Value of $37,078.25
Please read the Final Grant Report for full details.
Eagle Scout Project in Mendon: Earlier this year, we were approached by Shawn Clifton about his Eagle Scout Project and he made a presentation to the Board via phone confer-ence. His project entailed building a bridge to cross a stream. He submitted a materials list, map with location, and bridge plans. BSTRA approved his request and paid for the bridge building materials which totaled $1,536.83. Shawn and his team did a great job completing this bridge project.
Nov. 21st—Another Eagle Scout Project in Mendon
Parker Grant submitted a request for another bridge. This bridge is 150 feet away from the first bridge that Shawn completed. To complete this trail, two bridges were required. BSTRA also voted to support this project and paid for the bridge materials which totaled $999.86.
Partnership Grant done at Douglas State Forest
Finally, the partnership grant that we had applied for in 2010 with approval in March of 2011 was tackled this year. The grant application was to improve a one mile section of trail in the Douglas State Forest. The trail came off of the SNETT which is called the Midstate Trail & the Streeter Trail that goes out to Southwest Main St.
The grant was for a total of $9,500. DCR’s contribution was $6,330. BSTRA contributed $2,920 and a grant from the Douglas Octoberfest for $250 completed the funding. The sad news is that DCR spent the whole $9,500 doing just the first .3 of a mile. Needless to say, we did want to get this project done. So we had Speroni Excavation finish up the last .7 mile of the trail. The board approved spending $3,000 to get this work done. So, BSTRA has $5,920 invested along with another $250 from the grant to get this project done. Grand total is $6,170.
Sweetwilliam Farm Upton MA
BSTRA donated $1,500 towards the cost of purchasing and installing a 1/4 mile of fencing. This was the last section that to be completed in order to connect a 15 mile trail network. This network connects Sweetwilliam Farm (town owned) to Upton State Forest, Warren Brook Watershed, Howarth Glen Conservation Area and Grafton’s Pell Farm Conservation Area.
BSTRA also purchased two signs along with the posts and lags to install them. The signs were needed to keep all trail users on the trail easement and out of the working hay fields. The signs were installed on Nov. 24th. The installation took 3 hours and 45 minutes. So the value of the labor and the cost of the signs, posts and hardware came to a total of $241.74.
2012 Projects continued
BSTRA donated $5,000 towards the purchase of the former Sibley and Warner Farms that totaled 352 acres. This land has trails that connect to the MA Snowmobile Trail Route 71, Buck Hill/4-H Camp Marshall, the Mid-State Trail and eventually to Spencer State Forest. Horses will be allowed with plenty of parking access for trailers. This was certainly a win-win situa-on for all trail users.