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Bedford Town Trail Walk to Dellovo Conservation Area

February 1, 2020 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pm

Free

Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a free Trail Walk to explore the Dellovo Conservation Area, which then leads onto the MassPort property. We plan to walk some trails between Hanscom Field and the Reformatory Branch Trail, thru frozen swamps that we normally avoid. Deep snow may necessitate an easier route. The walk will be slow-paced, lasting about 2 hours.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: MODERATE. Trails include hills, tree roots, and uneven terrain, and could be muddy, snowy or icy.

WHEN AND WHERE: We meet at 9:45 AM at the parking lot behind the Bedford Free Public Library. Alternatively, you can meet us at the trailhead parking lot on Route 62 (see map at the website below), where we will leave at 10:10 am sharp. From Bedford, it is on the left about 1.8 miles west on Concord Road (Route 62) from the split on Great Road. The trailhead parking lot is located on Route 62, next to the Bedford Children’s Center. Note that we don’t have permission to park at the Bedford Children’s Center.

Leader: Bruce Wisentaner, Bedford Trails Committeehttps://groups.google.com/group/bedfordma-trails

Note: Our Trail Walk will be slow-paced, with flat terrain but expected to be muddy, snowy or icy. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe, walking shoes or boots that can handle wet, ice or snow. Children and well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome. We will walk rain, snow, or shine.

Contact: Please check the Bedford Trails website for weather-related changes, and info on current and future hikes: https://groups.google.com/group/bedfordma-trails

If you already have a Google account, click “Join Group to Post”

If you don’t have a Google account, please send an email to BedfordMA.trailwalks@gmail.com and you’ll be added to the Group.

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Concord Road Town Lands and Massport Area

The Concord Road Conservation Areas, and the municipal parcel at 350 Concord Road purchased in 2010, comprise 84 acres of contiguous open space along the Minuteman Bikeway Extension between Concord Road and Hartwell Road, north of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) lands at L.G. Hanscom Field. In 2010 the Town entered into an agreement with Massport to allow public pedestrian trail connections within two Massport-owned parcels adjacent to Vanderhoof, Dellovo, and 350 Concord Road, including links to Concord Road in Bedford and Virginia Road in Concord.

The Mary Putnam Webber Wildlife Preserve was donated in 1990 to protect uplands and sensitive wetlands from proposed use as a landfill. The Town recognized the importance of this 20-acre area to the conservation of natural resources and neighborhood character. The land supports mature forest surrounding a vernal pool certified as wood frog habitat.

In association with Webber, the Town purchased the adjoining 8-acre Vanderhoof Conservation Area in 1990. The blue trail beginning at the Minuteman Bikeway Extension extends southeast from Webber into Vanderhoof, joining a trail that continues south and west through Massport land. There is a link into Vanderhoof from the primary Massport trail, where a hilly knoll forested with white pine is bordered by an orange loop trail.

The purchase of the Dellovo Conservation Area in 1991 added another 15 acres. A short yellow trail leads from the bikeway to the edge of a shrub swamp and wet meadow. Most of the property is designated as Priority and Estimated Habitats of Rare Species by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. The Dellovo trail continues south to trails within Massport property.
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Details

Date:
February 1, 2020
Time:
9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
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Website:
https://groups.google.com/group/bedfordma-trails

Organizer

Bedford Trails Committee
Email:
bedfordma.trailwalks@gmail.com
View Organizer Website

Venue

Bedford Free Public Library – PARKING LOT
7 Mudge Way
Bedford, United States
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