Thanksgiving walk highlights two special properties
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Bolton - posted Wed., Nov. 30, 2011
“This walk caps off an amazing year of events,” said Bolton Land Trust President Gwen Marrion about the Thanksgiving Walk held on Saturday, Nov. 26. The Bolton Land Trust held several special events this year to highlight its 10-year anniversary. The walk was a joint event between the Bolton Land Trust and Boy Scout Troop 73, which drew some 70 community members for a 2-mile walk from the Bolton Heritage Farm to Camp Johnson.
“This is one of the most beautiful properties in Bolton,” said Richard Treat, a member of the Bolton Land Trust Board of Directors, about Bolton Heritage Farm. “We’re lucky to have all these assets.”
The Boy Scouts led the walkers through the Bolton Heritage Farm fields to the wooded Rose Trail to the Hop River Rail Trail. The 62-acre Camp Johnson is accessible off the Rail Trail at several locations. The land is managed as a non-profit organization by a trust and is available for camping by reservation. “It’s great for Bolton because it’s local,” noted Scout Master John Hambrook.
“A lot of our Scouts will help out on the Land Trust properties,” explained troop leader Tom Hoops. Scout Roger Barrett was thanked for his recent project of building boardwalks on the Lombardi property.
“Boy Scouts is about helping a boy become a better boy to his community,” Senior Patrol Scout Nick DeLorme explained to the Camp Johnson visitors. For the Thanksgiving Walk, the Scouts made stew and cornbread in Dutch ovens. The Scouts then camped out Saturday night before taking a 5-mile hike to Valley Falls on Sunday.
A recent gift by Larry and Joan Duhaine brings the total acreage in the Bolton Land Trust to 198 acres. The Duhaine’s 8-acre parcel off Hebron and School roads is contiguous to another 20 acres held by the Bolton Land Trust, as well as 20 acres held by the town. “We like how this piece is fitting in,” said Marrion. Larry Duhaine grew up in Bolton and Joan Duhaine still has family in town. The couple now lives in Virginia. “They were incredibly enthusiastic to donate a gift to the land trust,” said Marrion.
Marrion also noted that a $5,600 grant from the Land Trust Alliance will be used to fund management plans for the 90-acre Lombardi Ridge Preserve and the 20-acre Black Ledge Marsh. “Those plans tell us what we have and what we could do with [the properties],” said Marrion. The management plans will identify the native vegetation, topography, soil types, endangered species and other special features.
For more information about the Bolton Land Trust, visit the website boltonlandtrust.org. Information about Camp Johnson is located on the website campjohnson.org, and reservations can be made by calling 860-643-0755.