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MAY IS WETLANDS MONTH !

Happy Wetlands Month!

Participate in MACC’s Wetlands Photo Contest, May 1 – 31, 2019

MACC (Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissioners) is sponsoring our second annual Wetlands Photo Contest to celebrate American Wetlands Month. Wetlands are important to the health of our environment and community; they help recharge our drinking water, prevent flooding and storm damage, and support a wide variety of wildlife. Massachusetts has incredible wetlands in all regions of the state, from the coast to the Connecticut River, to the Berkshires.

Here are some specifics about the contest:
• First Place winner will receive a $300 cash prize!
• Second Place winner will receive a $200 cash prize!
• Third Place winner will receive a $100 cash prize
• Submit up to three (3) photos per person by May 31, 2019. The photos must be in digital JPG format and each photo must be less than 4 MB in size. Winners will be notified by email and winner’s names will be announced on MACC’s website in mid-June 2019.
• All photos must represent a Massachusetts location. Photographs can be pictures of streams, lakes, rivers, marshes, vernal pools, or beaches, with, or without, animals, birds, insects, flowers, plants, or people. (If people are included in the photo, please be sure to obtain the necessary releases from the individuals depicted and be able to provide copies of those releases to MACC upon request).
• Submit photos via email to photos@maccweb.org Include the following information with each photo: First & Last Name, email address, and location of the photograph. Contact MACC’s office at (617) 489-3930 with questions. Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions 10 Juniper Road, Belmont, MA 02478 www.maccweb.org
• MACC granted permission to use your photos in the future. Photographs remain the property of the photographer, but by entering photographs into this contest, contestants grant reprint permission to MACC and allow use of the photographs in MACC publications, websites, social media, and for educational purposes. MACC will endeavor to credit all photographs with the photographer’s name.
• Only non-commercial work may be submitted. Each entry must be submitted on an individual basis (no teams or corporate entries) and all entries must be the original creation of the submitting photographer. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond normal cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, will be disqualified. Photos that contain sexually explicit, obscene, violent or other inappropriate content are ineligible.
• MACC employees, interns, members of the MACC Board of Directors, and their families are prohibited from participating in this contest.

May is a great time to grab your binoculars, your camera, your friends and kids, and head to the great outdoors. You can kayak the salt marshes, rivers, ponds and lakes, or hike a trail in the Berkshires, a state park, or your local conservation land. Enjoy exploring!

Rail Trail Update – One More Stage to Go!

For 13 years, Ken Butkiewicz (A Dudley Resident and Volunteer) has been on a mission.

To build one of the greatest assets in the Town of Dudley whereby residents and visitors could walk the old abandoned rail lines in Dudley soaking up the beauty and tranquility that Dudley has to offer. Hundreds of people have walked the trail – often just called the “Dudley Rail Trail.” –  but few know the struggle and sweat that was put into its creation.

There have been no parades… No self aggrandizement… Just Results…. from  a simple man just trying to make a difference.

Within that time frame, the West Dudley. Quinebaug River Bikeway and Trailway has been constructed. A Trail that begins on Mill Road and meanders through the forest  and farmland of West Dudley. Crossing over West Dudley Road, the trail then takes you on a beautiful walk next to the historic Quinebaug River into Southbridge.

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Quinebaug River Bikeway and Rail Trail

Now, Ken is in the final stages of trying to complete the massive undertaking.
The Completion of the New Boston – Perryville Section of the trail.

Most Pictures Below of the ongoing work were taken 5-11-2018

New Boston Road Rail trail

New Boston Road Rail Trail

For 13 years, Ken has petitioned Legislative Reps for funding and their support.  They have always been supportive and the project would never have progressed to its final stages without that support.  We are deeply appreciative of the past support.

The final phase of the project which involves ripping up the final rails, grading the trail and most importantly, the engineering and reconstruction of the French River Bridge by Schofield Avenue will be the toughest.

Ken has put in a request for the final $60,000 to the State for FY19.  Without that money… the project will not be completed.

To be Continued….

A Rail Trail and Quinebaug River Thank You!

On behalf of the Quinebaug River and Rail trail, we would like to thank the handful of volunteers who braved some rain and chilly weather to clean up the river bank and trail on Saturday April 22nd.

It is disheartening that so much trash continues to be tossed into the environment with no thought of the problems it creates for others and the wildlife.

Much of the river bank garbage comes from storm water runoff dumping directly into the river from communities further upstream.

Please, remember some simple rules that can keep your hometown and its recreational areas clean…

  1. Clean up after yourselves
  2. If you bring it in – take it out
  3. Water Bottles were made without legs… thus they can not walk themselves into the trash cans located at the entrances of the trails

We hauled off dozens of trash bags filled with debris that accumulates when certain individuals don’t clean up after themselves or treat our community as a dumping ground. As a resident, it should get you angry.

But thankfully, we have people in the community who are willing to get dirty and pitch in to make “Dudley A Special Place”

Thank you again.

John – Rail Trail Volunteer