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.
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 continues its work to advance the layout and creation of our first Blue Trail – The Quaboag
Take a look at our draft map, go through it, give it a test drive, let us know what you think! We have applied for a grant through DCR, which hopefully will help us finish and refine this trail with signage, kiosks, and map/guides. Your input can help too!
It was a great day and a great paddle! Those who ventured out on this Blue Trail were not disappointed, we had great weather, saw a lot of wildlife and had good fellowship. Draft copies of the “in the works” Blue Trail map were shared for use and feedback. We got a look at the renovations at Lucy Stone Park too, looking good…. Look for our next paddle soon!
C4R has begun our 3rd season of bacteria sampling on our local rivers. We will be sampling on all 4 rivers at places where people may venture on these waters. Results will be posted on line. We started June 15.
C4R could still use a volunteer in Palmer to grab samples on Thursday mornings around 8 AM through the summer. Interested?