Volunteer Day at the Stone Farm Conservation Area
by Tommy Blanchard served as Land Stewardship Coordinator at Wildlands Trust 2017-2018
This past weekend, Wildlands Trust staff members Conor Michaud and Erik Boyer helped me host our second volunteer work day at the Stone Farm Conservation Area in Brockton. A total of nine volunteers from Brockton’s Boy Scout Troop 17, helped to restore a 600 foot trail near a wetland area in the northern part of the property using loppers and hand saws.
The brush collected from this trail restoration was removed from the area and piled at the entrances of several old trails in an effort to discourage illegal ATV usage in these areas. This volunteer day is part of a larger trail restoration project encompassing the entirety of the Stone Farm Conservation Area. One of the next steps for this project will be to build a 400 foot boardwalk through the newly restored trail. Part of my service project on this property is to eventually build, train, and mobilize a volunteer program to meet the stewardship needs of conservation lands in Brockton, such as the Stone Farm Conservation Area and the Brockton Audubon Preserve, in a sustainable manner for the future.