Honoring Bedford’s Concord River Stewards for 2014

Submitted by Ralph Hammond

Suasco-header-lg,jpgBedford residents Mark Levine, Hal Ward, and Paul Marcus were named 2014 Concord River Stewards during last weekend’s Riverfest celebration.

Each has worked tirelessly and extensively to create, blaze, and maintain over 24 miles of trails and paths with access to the Concord River within the Town of Bedford. They are all members of Bedford’s Trails Committee.

The three men make a strong team:

  • Hal’s knowledge of GPS helped established many of the trails;
  • Mark’s AMC knowledge of trail construction has been critical to location and blazing the trails; and
  • Paul’s construction skills were key in designing and constructing bog bridges, trail head identification posts and map boxes.

The Trails Committee has become the town’s most active group in supporting access to Bedford’s stretch of the Concord River, designated as one of the nation’s few Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Learn more about the Wild and Scenic Concord River.

All towns in the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers from Marlboro and Framingham, all the Way to Lowell can have winners, and over the years Bedford has had its share:

  • 2006: Dave Ranney, Bedford Trails Committee, who brings the public to enjoy and appreciate Bedford’s portion of the Concord River.
  • 2008: Libby Herland, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the driving force in blazing trails and expanding the Concord River Walk
  • 2009: Bob Slechta, Dennis Warner, Peggy Hobbs, Susan Russo, and Don Corey for their work to restore and enhance the Two Brothers Rock site.
  • 2010: Alan Bragg, for his trail maintenance work in Bedford and at the Concord Impoundments of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
  • 2011: Andrew Colgan, an Eagle Scout, who undertook the entire Bog Bridge Project utilizing his great leadership skills to complete a continuous corridor reaching through Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge to Minute Man National Historical Park.
  • 2012: Adrienne St. John and Kristin Dowdy, for their efforts to bring Bedford into compliance with storm water regulations through community education and identification of best management strategies to help protect the water quality of both the Concord and Shawsheen Rivers, culminating in Town Meeting approval of a storm water bylaw

Thanks to all who help to keep the Concord River one of Bedford’s primary natural assets.

 


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