BTA/BOLT Purchases 27 Hemlock Road

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Bald Hill Reservation Trail Update: The bridge at the beaver pond stream crossing in Boxford State Forest had been repaired. This is on the Bay Circuit Trail between markers 8 & 8a on the back side of Bald Hill. We hope to replace the bridge this summer.

It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce the purchase of “Hemlock Junction” at the intersection of Kelsey and Hemlock Roads. This purchase will allow the connection of several trails in Boxford that have been disconnected. This is part of the National Grid/railway run that we hope is destined to eventually become part of the Rail/Trail network, of which there are beautiful examples in Topsfield, Newburyport and continuing through several southerly communities in Essex County. This trail connection is also part of the Bay Circuit Trail system as well as the Eastcoast Greenway, a work in progress, from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida!  How amazing to be able to help Boxford to become part of this great network!  And, of course, this Junction will contribute to the local, Boxford trail network as well. This trail will lead us from Pond Street, onto the National Grid pathway, to the Junction and then, crossing Kelsey Road, into the Kelsey Arboretum, with a lovely trail and beautiful botanical surroundings of the former Kelsey Nursery plantings, then onward to a protected trail on private land and back to the National Grid line to Georgetown Road and onward!  We will create a parking area, places to sit, a kiosk with information, and a place to catch your breath! We hope to complete this work in the first half of this year.  We will have the help of the Boxford Department of Public Works, under the guidance of John Dold, Greg Hochmuth of the Sparages group, a planner and wetland expert, as well as our own Conservation Commission, under the direction of Ross Povenmire to ensure that we protect any wetlands. It is with thanks to all the volunteers and professionals in Boxford that we will be able to complete this project. And, last, but definitely not least, we thank the many donors of cash, goods to our fund-raising auction, our wonderfully talented singer at the concert, the Cummings Foundation and a couple of outstanding donors, to make this happen!

Thank you, all!