Dick Mackay and Ken Warren opened up clogged ditches in the Orange Rock Cut in Orange NH on Friday morning. Leaves and other debris from a long winter impaired drainage in the rock cut. We discussed possibly using machines to do a better job at some time in the future. We also discussed raising the trail with about a foot of hardpak to create a deeper ditch and keep the trail dry. In the meantime we will have to use shovels, rakes and muscle power to keep the trail dry during the wet season.
Also we are getting ready to fix the broken side rails on a small bridge just east of the Grafton store in Grafton. Dick Corr will be the lead carpenter and brains of the operation with support from a few gofers and screw gun operators.
FNRT..that’s us at… the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail… just received notification from the NH Trails Bureau that we will be awarded a grant to do machine ditching behind Dunkin Dounuts in Enfield. The project will not begin until early fall due to the presence of a threatened turtle that inhabits the trail area in the spring and summer months.