Blue Trail News – 2018 Gathering Events

With C4R’s RTP-DCR grant, we are mobilizing to make both the Quaboag and Chicopee Blue Trails a full reality. So, C4R will be holding a number of OUTREACH sessions to engage local folks to help us prepare final efforts.

  • March 13, Tuesday @ 615 PM, Ludlow Hubbard Memorial Library
  • March 22, Thursday @ 630 PM Brookfield Congregational Church
  • April 5, Thursday @ 7 PM West Brookfield Selectman’s meeting room, town hall

At each of these events C4R will share on a draft trail map and seek input on refinements. We will discuss plans for implementing the trail infrastructure and seek volunteers to helps us make all this happen. C4R will also update people on our other plans for 2018.

Come one, come all! let’s make these Blue Trails flow…. 

C4R = Care 4 Rivers

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Thanks to all for 2017!

2017 was another productive year for C4R.

  • continued river monitoring in key recreational areas (a few new).
  • advanced our Blue Trail project and received a grant to finish 2 trails in 2018.
  • contributed on a storm water study in the lower Chicopee River area.
  • facilitated a number of group paddles and river clean ups.
  • held an informative annual Summit.
  • set a vision for 2018 and beyond.

 

All this worked because of volunteer or financial contributor support. Thanks to our Valley Gives donors, Country bank, and all our volunteers.  Thank you.

2018, C4R will embark on a membership drive to engage more participation.

  • C4R will open two Blue Trails, begin scoping out 2 more.
  • C4R will look to monitor more water quality sites.
  • C4R will look to getting out with more folks on our local rivers.
  • initiate education programs
  • We will do more clean ups.
  • And have fun too!

To do this, we need to spread the word and invite more people to join in.

Together, we can Care 4 Rivers… C4R

Our Rivers-Our Vision-2017 Summit 11/12

“OUR RIVERS, OUR FUTURE, OUR VISION”

 Our 2017 Summit was a great forum to see ALL that C4R has done and plans to do!   Slide Presentation Link

The C4R team reported on our 2017 efforts which included our bacteria sampling, storm water study, Blue Trail work, DCR Grant, outreach, and laid out a vision to grow membership, an expanded trail network, and education.

Andy Fisk from the CRC, Connecticut River Conservancy, shared where C4R contributes and can add to citizen science to care 4 our rivers. C4R can help with nutrient studies, mussel restoration, and more!

Kristen Sykes from AMC  talked about how paddling trails are a great way for people to know a river, particularly the CT River Paddlers trail.

2017 was another step forward for C4R, join us as we continue forward.

C4R = Care 4 Rivers

C4R receives DCR Trails Grant!

C4R coordinator, Keith Davies-center, accepts a trails grant award from state officials.

Great News: DCR has awarded C4R a grant to advance and complete work on our first 2 Blue Trails and begin scoping out our next 2!

The grant will help C4R complete both the upper Quaboag Blue Trail through the Brookfields into Warren and the Chicopee River Blue Trail in Wilbraham/Ludlow/Springfield by summer of 2018. Work includes location signage, kiosks, and completing the map guides. These are great places for paddlers to explore!

C4R will also begin layout work for blue trails on the Ware and Swift Rivers.

C4R will also be offering a presentation at the Mass Trails Conference on November 4 about Blue Trails.

Locally, C4R will hold its 4th annual SUMMIT on November 12th in Palmer to share our recent accomplishments and our vision for going into 2018 and beyond, save the date, come join us.

C4R = Care 4 Rivers