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Town Forest Volunteer Project

Postby curt » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:42 pm

We're excited about the impending Timberland "servapalooza" project scheduled for the town forest on Thursday April 21. 50-60 volunteers from Timberland will spend an entire day building new trails, enhancing existing trails, putting up interpretive signs, putting up benches along the trails, all sorts of stuff that will make the forest better for recreation.

Ken Beaulieu, a Danville resident and Timberland employee, is the project manager for Timberland.

We were wondering if Danville residents would be willing to bake cookies, brownies, etc…for the group. They could drop them off the morning of the event or drop them off at his house the night before. A simple and easy way for townspeople to get involved and help out. Other ways that people could help out during the day would be to help with cooking food, help running water and snacks to volunteers placed around the forest.

If you are interested, contact Ken or me.
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Re: Town Forest Volunteer Project

Postby timd » Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:01 pm

Curt, I don't know if you have run into this group

http://www.trailwrights.org/

The local contact is Bob Spoerl, who also runs the sawmill at Taylor Mill State Park in Derry

http://www.nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/taylor-mill-state-historic-site.aspx

They helped us out with a design for a trail crossing for a swampy area of our town forest. They have a fully equipped mobile setup for building trails. They are not into building trails for people...instead they show up and show your volunteers how to build great trails. Highly recommended.
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Timberland works to improve Danville forest

Postby curt » Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:10 pm

April 17, 2011
Timberland works to improve Danville forest

By Doug Ireland direland@eagletribune.com The Eagle Tribune Sun Apr 17, 2011, 12:02 AM EDT

DANVILLE — Dozens of Timberland shoe company employees will pitch in to spruce up the town forest Thursday as part of the annual Earth Day community service project.

The Stratham-based footwear manufacturer chose the 423-acre forest as one of about a half-dozen area projects its work crews will tackle that day, according to Timberlane manager and Danville resident Ken Beaulieu.

Approximately 50 Timberland employees will spend the entire day building two trails, improving existing trails, and installing benches, log bridges and interpretive signs in the forest, he said.

"With that many volunteers, you can really transform a place," Beaulieu said. "Employees love to do it."

One of the crew's major tasks is building a trail near Tucker Road. It will loop about a mile through the woods, opening up the western part of the forest, Forestry Committee Chairman Curt Springer said.

The crew will improve three other trails and erect about 30 signs to educate visitors about the forest and its wildlife, Springer said.

"It's going to be an exciting day," he said. "The biggest part of our mission is recreation and education."

Local residents will help in their own way, supplying the work crew with home-baked refreshments, Springer said.

For Beaulieu, the project is a way for him to give back to his community.

Beaulieu, a 15-year Timberland employee and 14-year Danville resident, said he enjoys running and snowshoeing in the forest.

"It's just a great, local under-utilized place," he said. "I call it a little hidden gem."

Beaulieu, who has participated in community service projects around the world, approached both the committee and his employer about his idea to improve the forest. The idea was among many submitted to the company. Another project accepted was work at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye.

Timberland employees are paid to do 40 hours of community service a year, including their well-known Serv-a-palooza project each fall, Beaulieu said.

"They pretty much shut down the business for the day," he said. "We like to work. People want to get dirty, and they want to accomplish things."
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Re: Town Forest Volunteer Project

Postby safety frog » Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:41 am

Great crowd out there today and no rain. Dropped off my baked goods for the crew to keep fueled. Thank you to Ken and Timberland!
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Re: Town Forest Volunteer Project

Postby curt » Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:07 am

SF, thanks for the cookies and brownies.

It was a fantastic day and so much was done. I was on the team installing the interpretive signs, too busy to survey everything in any systematic way. I can't wait to go out tomorrow and walk the new Timberland Trail that now opens up the western part of the forest to foot traffic.

These businesses helped out with food or materials:

East Coast Lumber
DeMoulas (Market Basket)
Asplundh Tree Service
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