Sewer Lining Project – Be aware of work ahead

The City will be performing sewer cleaning and lining on the Sewer Interceptor starting July 20th continuing until mid October. The work will cause minor traffic delays on Mechanic Street (between Carpet Mill and Maplefields) and Glen Road (from the underpass to Seminary Hill).

Work will also be taking place along the parts of the Mascoma River Greenway from Glen Road to behind Entertainment Cinemas. The Mascoma River Greenway will remain open but at times be narrowed to accommodate construction vehicles.

For additional information or questions please contact Erica Brittner at 603-442-6147 or brittner@Lebanonnh.gov.

MRG Survey Deadline: Sunday, July 12, 2020

Thanks to all who have responded to the MRG Survey.  If we haven’t already heard from you, there is still time. The survey deadline is Sunday July 12, 2020.

https://mascomagreenway.com/mrgsurvey/

Rollerblade-Regular Chris

Working on the MRG pollinator gardens each day offers an opportunity to meet some of the MRG “regulars”. This is Chris who roller blades daily. She covers many miles as she skates back and forth, sometimes at least 10 miles. Since much of the MRG is in the shade of trees, it offers respite on these hot, muggy days. It’s a joy to see so many different people, in so many ways, enjoying this beautiful community resource.

We’d like to hear from you!


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We want to your hear about your experiences using the Mascoma River Greenway. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts. The survey can be accessed here:

 https://mascomagreenway.com/MRGsurvey

 

Precious Cargo!

 

It’s been fun to see so many children on the MRG of late.  They come by strollers, tricycles, scooters, bikes with training wheels  .  .  . and child chariots.  Such precious cargo!

Warning: Dagger Moth Caterpillars Sting!

A young woman rollerblading on the MRG this week had one of these caterpillars drop from a tree and down her shirt. The bristles caused a stinging sensation and turned into a burning rash. (As if Covid-19 and murder hornets aren’t enough!) Unfortunately, she tried to brush the burning away, which further embedded the bristles. She has since learned that applying tape to draw the bristles out is a better solution!)  With this caterpillar – look but don’t touch!

Trail Riders of the MRG!

  Spring has sprung, bringing us a new crop of trail riders!

 

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Garlic Mustard Squad!

Garlic Mustard, a real trouble-maker of a plant, is flowering in many areas of Lebanon. Be on the lookout for plants with 4 white petals

WHY  concern about this plant?

Native to Europe where it has many insect predators and diseases, it is only found there in small colonies.  Here, there are no insects that eat it and no disease to keep it in check.  It invades forests:  It disrupts forest ecosystems in several ways.  It has chemicals that are toxic to soil microbes and can greatly reduce propagation of native plants.  It can out-compete native plants and reduce biodiversity once it gets established.

It is a fierce competitor:  A single plant can produce hundreds of seeds.  It has no predators here.  It is a biennial and its seeds can be viable for 10 years. Once established, it is a long-term project to reduce it.  It is best to catch it early, before it turns into a long-term project.

WHAT can you do?

Learn to identify the plant (see link).  Help with pulling on your property and along road-sides in your neighborhood.

Pull the plant and put it in trash bags:  Be sure to pull from the base of the stalk and wiggle the plant so the entire white root comes up.  Be sure bags are tightly closed and properly disposed of.  Tell your neighbors and help organize socially distant community pulls (and tell us about them!) if you find larger colonies in your neighborhood.

 Help pull on the Mascoma River Greenway and Northern Rail Trail!
For the next two weeks, the City will have signs describing Garlic Mustard and bags for disposing of the plants (no trash please!) at a couple of locations on each of these popular public paths. Please stop and pull when you can, bag the pulled plants, and leave the bag, securely closed, for the next volunteer. Thanks to the Rec & Parks Department and DPW for coordinating disposal of full bags of Garlic Mustard. Please help by moving only securely tied & full bags to the trailhead of the rail trail (near CCBA) or to the MRG parking lot at Slayton Hill/Mascoma St so they can be picked up. Email me if bags need replacing.

Report locations where you find Garlic Mustard (better yet, where you pull it!): there are many reporting apps these days:

try iNaturalist or  EDDMaps.

With thanks to The Hanover Biodiversity Committee for permission to use their text and links.

Thanks and stay well,

Sarah Riley <rileysarah@yahoo.com>

Lebanon Conservation Commission

The plan:

Sunday, May 17th – Saturday, May 30th

Task: Pull the Garlic Mustard 2nd year growth

Drop off locations/Pick Up:

  • Slayton Underpass Parking Lot – Picked Up Monday/Friday – Recreation
  • Alice Peck Day Parking Lot – Picked up Monday/Friday – Recreation
  • Northern Rail Trail Head (by CCBA)  Picked up Thursday – Landfill

The MRG – Equal, Accessible, and Resilient Public Space

 

“Equal, accessible and resilient public space can promote civic health during a pandemic. Over the long term it will promote the health, welfare and equality of our cities for decades to come.”

The Spaces That Make Cities Fairer and More Resilient – NYT

The value of the MRG to Lebanon and surrounding communities is vibrantly evident during this time of pandemic. Whole families biking, parents with infants and toddlers in strollers, roller bladers, joggers, dog walkers, wild flower aficionados, and birders, all out enjoying the beautiful natural space and recreational opportunities offered by the Mascoma River Greenway.

Here are a few tips from Trail Finder as to keeping safe on public trails during this pandemic:

  • Make the health of everyone in your community your priority. Go out only if you’re feeling healthy and you have not had close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • If you drive to access outdoor spaces, don’t carpool with non-household members.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others and wear a mask in a public setting, including the outdoors.
  • Please leash your dog! They are members of your household and need to keep their social distance as well (and most standard leashes are 6 feet in length).
  • AVOID HIGH USE AREAS. If you see a lot of cars at a trailhead, try a different trail or go during a less busy time of day.

Stay safe and be well!

Clean Up!

Photo- Rainie Kelly

Thanks to volunteers Donn Cann and Bob Leach for the heavy-duty clean up of tires and other trash on the western end of the MRG . . . and  to Recreation & Parks Facilities Manager, Doug McGrath, for hauling it all to the landfill.

“Throw away?”  There is no such thing as “away.”