Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bearsden and Quabbin-Monadnock Trail Featured at "Farm, Field, and Forest: Living with the Land" September 25 in Orange, MA

North Quabbin Woods trailblazer, Bob Curley of Athol will be a featured speaker at the "Farm, Field and Forest: Living with the Land" event on September 25 at the Orange Town Hall. Curley will discuss work on the Bearsden Forest Conservation Area trail and map as well as a spur of the Quabbin-Monadnock trail currently under construction. The new spur will begin at the Flye property on Rte. 32, off Doe Valley Road in Petersham, and extend around Davenport Pond to the New England Equestrian Center of Athol (NEECA) on New Sherborn Road. The spur is part of the New England National Scenic Trail.

The "Farm, Field and Forest" activities will begin with a workshop on sustenance hunting and fishing and include workshops on renewable energy and sustainable farming and forestry. Native American forestry and farming will also be explored along with land-based industries and local economies. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at the Orange Town Hall. An art and photography exhibit and discussions on the history of the region will take place at the White Elephant in Orange. Tables are available for exhibits and to promote local land-based businesses as well as ecotourism. For further information, contact event organizer, Genevieve Fraser at 978-544-1872, email:, or visit


Trailblazer Bob Curly (left), Lynne Goodnow of NEECA (center), and Don Flye (right) of Doe Valley Road relax with Don's donkey after surveying the spur proposed as part of the Quabbin-Monadnock trail.

PHOTO CREDIT: Genevieve Fraser

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