Summer Stewards on Browne, Massarella and the Livingston-Higley Meadow

We had another busy week in the Summer Stewardship Program. The Stewards began at the Browne parcel. There, we worked to create a new trail, put in a bench at the scenic look-out point, and improve the wooden footbridge. We also had a chance to discuss Silent Spring. I was impressed with the connections the Stewards made to our work on the land trust and Rachel Carson's insights in the book. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Stewards worked at the Livingston-Higley property to create a new access point from the cul-de-sac at Apple Tree Lane. We ate our lunches overlooking the lovely meadow and stone walls. On Wednesday, Bill McKinney conducted an invasives workshop with the Stewards during which he explained different issues caused by invasive plants such as Japanese barberry and winged euonymus. We also learned identification and removal techniques. This will be an invaluable skill as we work on the properties this summer!

Later in the week, we met at the newly acquired Masserella parcel to mark boundaries and generally inspect. Find attached a photo of the Stewards at the parcel. Also, we were joined by Sue Anderson and her father Harlan E. Anderson, representative and founder of the Harlan E. Anderson Foundation. The Foundation's gift made the Summer Stewardship Program possible. It was a pleasure to thank these two in person and show them what we have been up to. After completing our work at the Masserella property we migrated to the Schipper home for a splitting wood tutorial with Chris. The Stewards seemed to greatly enjoy learning this new skill!