We’ve Reached 90% of our Goal !

694ce754Thanks to the generosity of several businesses and a number of individuals in the past few weeks, we have reached 90% of the goal of $2,255,700!  The hope is that we can reach 100% by the end of this year.

Thanks to all who have contributed to the Mascoma River Greenway!

If you have not yet contributed, you can make a tax-deductible donation by sending a check, made out to UVTA (with “Mascoma River Greenway” in the memo line) to:

Upper Valley Trails Alliance, PO Box 1215, Norwich, VT 05055

or make an online donation via our secure website, click here
We are awaiting railings to be installed on the Slayton Hill stone arch bridge and the bridge over I-89.  Stay tuned for info on our next Work Day.

June 13th Work Day

IMG-20150613-00141A great group of volunteers showed up for Saturday’s MRG Work Day.  With no excavator available, 14 people managed to haul, by hand, 28,740 pounds of railroad ties, sending 8 dump truck loads to the Lebanon Landfill. The trail is now cleared of ties up to about 100 yards from the I-89 bridge. Thanks to all for a job well-done!

Next MRG Work Day – June 13, 2015

Photo by Travis Paige

Photo by Travis Paige



Saturday June 13 – 8:00 – 12:30 pm will be the next Work Day on the MRG. At the May 16 Work Day, 10 dump truck loads of railroad ties were removed from the trail, leaving the greenway free of ties from High Street to the back of Terrace View Condominiums. Could we clear the ties all the way up to the bridge over I-89?

We meet at the APD gravel parking lot across from APD’s main entrance. Heavy lifting, work gloves and sturdy boots/shoes required. Bring water bottle and snack. Presence of ticks is likely so deterrent is wise and dark colors are apparently less attractive to ticks. Bring a friend – Let’s get it done!

MRG Work Day – 5/16

Thanks to all who turned up on Saturday to work on the MRG!

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 With an excavator, a dump truck, and a lot of human effort, TEN truckloads of railroad ties were hauled to the Lebanon Landfill, a total of 15.5 tons of heavy lifting!

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While some were hoisting railroad ties, others were pulling garlic mustard, an invasive species that can choke out native wildflowers such as bloodroot, hepatica, and trillium. Garlic mustard releases chemicals that hinder the growth of other plants; removal leads to increased diversity.

Thanks to Travis Paige for the above photographs. You can find more of his MRG photos at http://www.travispaigephotography.com/Events/The-Mascoma-River-Greenway/

Let’s Fill that Jar!

jar2 Dan & Whit’s in Norwich is helping 4 local non-profits raise funds, and Mascoma River Greenway is one of the selected groups. They are selling marbles for $2.00, $5.00 and $25 (ping pong balls on this one) to be deposited in a jar for each group.

Right now, Mascoma River Greenway has approximately $35 in the jar – can you help fill that jar?
Consider donating your milk bottle deposit money when returning your empties. Let’s fill that Mascoma River Greenway jar with beautiful marbles . . . and ping pong balls!

MRG Fundraising Has Reached 85% of GOAL!

Wow! The MRG fundraising campaign is at 85% of the goal of $2,255,700 – donate now and help get this job done!

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. The Upper Valley Trails Alliance is the fiscal agent for the Mascoma River Greenway Coalition. To make a tax-deductible donation send checks, made out to UVTA with “Mascoma River Greenway” in the memo line to:

Upper Valley Trails Alliance
PO Box 1215
Norwich, VT 05055

or make an online donation via our secure website, click here

Next Work Day – Calling All MRG Supporters!

 Saturday, May 16 is the next get-your-hands-dirty-day for supporters of the MRG. Let’s get this job done!

8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Meeting at the APD gravel parking lot across from the APD Main entrance.

Tasks:

Pick up railroad ties and load into 1-ton dump trucks.  (Heavy lifting, work gloves and sturdy boots / shoes required)

Pull garlic mustard (Light lifting, easy to spot and pull)

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Interested volunteers can just show up to the site. Bring gloves, water bottle and a snack. Presence of ticks is likely, so deterrent is wise and apparently dark colors are less attractive to ticks.  Who knew?

Please help spread the word. Hope to see you there!