Volunteering Continues through November
Be thankful for volunteers giving time, energy, muscle and care for the earth. They help manage our lands at group workdays throughout the year. And the frosty mornings of November are no exception! Just remember to wear your hunter's orange.
We took a break together for lunch near the rock cairn that marks the top and end of the trail. Just one day after the results of the recent elections, we decided unanimously that the top of Silver Mountain was to be a political discussion-free zone. The workday allowed everyone a bit of an escape from politics and all were happy to talk about anything else. After a short lunch a chilly wind encouraged us to get back to work, after finishing the homemade treat shared by one of the volunteers.
After another couple hours of hard work the view began to emerge. Only a few days after turning our clocks back, the group gathered up saws and tools and admired the large brush pile created from our efforts before hiking back down the Silver Mountain trail. The brush pile will be burned later when snow covers the ground, but the expansive view will be enjoyed for years to come.
When we got back to our cars the sun was now close to the horizon. A few volunteers stayed to clean tools and do maintenance on chainsaws before loading up and heading out. The sky grew pink and gave us quite the color show before dark. The magnificent sunset was a great end to a long day of hard work.
On the next workday in mid-November we focused on the entrance of a forest reservation in Grantham. Volunteers from the Land Steward Program met us at the trailhead with hot coffee and doughnuts for a morning workday. The Reney Memorial Forest needed some T.L.C. near the road where hikers can park their cars in an old log landing while hiking the 1.2 mile loop.
Although the task for this workday wasn’t as exciting as some others, there was no shortage of enthusiastic volunteers. We were able to finish our planned work an hour early and avoided the rain that was forecasted to pass through that afternoon.
I am thankful for the land we hold workdays on and the trails that lead us to special places. I am thankful for those dedicated, resourceful, and fun volunteers that throughout the year give back to the Forest Society and their communities. I am thankful that I get to work with these great-spirited people.