This Week’s Take Your Own Trail Walk: Hartwell Town Forest in Winter by Dan Hurwitz

Hartwell Town Forest is wooded town land crisscrossed by trails.  The front half of the Forest is dry and easily navigated.  We typically only explore the back half in winter when frozen, or covered with deep snow (necessitating snowshoes). Bedford’s first and largest conservation area supports diverse wildlife, has a history of use for its natural resources, and contains a network of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. The upland forest is dominated by mature eastern white pine and an understory of buckthorn, beech, alder, and white pine seedlings and saplings. Great horned owls, pileated woodpeckers, and many other birds nest here. At dusk, visitors may see deer, raccoon, gray fox, and coyote.

This Week’s Take Your Own Trail Walk: Russell Mill Pond and Town Forest, Chelmsford, by Mark Levine, Bedford Trails Committee

“The Town of Chelmsford acquired the Russell Mill Pond & Forest in 1971. The Forest contains 132 acres (7 acres of which are under water), including 3000 feet of frontage on the east bank of Russell Mill Pond. The Russell Mill Pond Forest has an extensive trail network ideal for [walkers and] mountain bike enthusiasts. . .

This Week’s Take Your Own Trail Walk: Springs Brook Conservation Area (CA) Trail Walk, by Michael Barbehenn, Bedford Trails Committee

The Springs Brook Conservation Area provides opportunities for exploring trails leading to Springs Brook Park – the Town’s outdoor swimming area. The main Blue trail offers a relatively short and level hike that passes through a predominantly wetland area, with a short side trail providing access to a beautiful view of the Spring Brook corridor. Most of the southern half of Springs Brook Park (SBP) and all of the Springs Brook CA are designated as Priority and Estimated Habitats of Rare Species by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program–see attached.  
Clem Larson, Bedford Trails Committee

This Week’s Take Your Own Trail Walk: Old Res to Wright Farm, by the Bedford Trails Committee and Citizens for Lexington Conservation

This trail walk (see attached) starts at Old Res, and leads to Lexington’s Wright Farm. Known as “The Old Rez,” the Old Reservoir land is one of Bedford’s most interesting and popular municipal open space areas. It offers a network of trails with diverse terrain surrounding the picturesque Old Reservoir. The dam and well house, with its historical renovations completed in 2013, add to the appeal of this serene wilderness area. The Wright Farm is the northernmost property in the Town of Lexington.

This Week’s Take Your Own Trail Walk: Carlisle’s Foss Farm to Greenough Pond, by Jerry Harris (Nov 3-Nov 9)

You’ll walk the full circuit of Foss Farm, part of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, and the Greenough Land along the Concord River to a pond which once was used to fill an extensive array of irrigation ditches. You’ll return through an open field which was once the site of an airfield, past an old overgrown beaver pond and beaver dam, then through an upland hemlock forest to our starting point at the Foss Farm Parking Area. This walk gets flooded easily, so it’s best to walk during the dry season. Please see attached description and map. Clem Larson, Bedford Trails Committee

This Week’s Take-Your-Own Trail Walk: Harvard Pond and Two Brothers Rocks, by Mark Weinstein

The Bedford Historical Society (see: https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2012/12/the-two-brothers-rocks/) says:  “Bedford is the site of one of the oldest inland landmarks in the United States. Governor John Winthrop and Deputy Governor Thomas Dudley . . chose these two boulders on the east band as the boundary and named them the “Two Brothers” after themselves because they considered themselves brothers by the marriage of Dudley’s son to Winthrop’s daughter. In 1894, the newly founded Bedford Historical Society had the words “Winthrop 1638” and “Dudley 1638” carved on the Rocks.

This Week’s Take Your Own Adventurous Trail Hike: Dellovo Conservation Area and MassPort, by Bruce Wisentaner

Suggested Hike: October 13 through October 20
If you like an adventurous trail with hills, uneven terrain, tree roots and (depending on weather) muddy trenches to challenge yourself, this is your hike/run! The Dellovo and 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. Please see attached.  
Clem Larson, Bedford Trails Committee

Fawn Lake Weekly Update for August 21, 2020

The Dredgit crew was able to dredge and haul all week, removing approximately 850 cubic yards of lake sediments.  This material is being sent to the Lexington facility for reuse in their compost operations.  The daily truckloads have been about 8 – 10 trips. 

Bedford Trails “Take-Your-Own Trail Walk” to Historic Old Reservoir and Valiente Land, by Mark Levine

This is the third walk in our new Take-Your-Own Trail Walk series, inspired by Sarah Stanton’s, Bedford Town Manager, recommendation (during this age of social distancing) to exercise by walking our trails. As before, we’ll provide the description, map & directions, and you can take the trail walk at your convenience and your own pace. Note that all trail walks are at your own risk. This trail walk has original 1908 water supply features including a pump house, dam, reservoir, and a vernal pool, streams, and open and dense woods. There are two trail walks offered—

(1) a longer 2 mile walk around the entire reservoir, and

(2) an easy ½ mile round trip short walk from the pumphouse to the dam and back.

Bedford Trails “Take-Your-Own Trail Walk” to Historic Old Reservoir and Valiente Land, by Mark Levine

This is the third walk in our new Take-Your-Own Trail Walk series, inspired by Sarah Stanton’s, Bedford Town Manager, recommendation (during this age of social distancing) to exercise by walking our trails. As before, we’ll provide the description, map & directions, and you can take the trail walk at your convenience and your own pace. Note that all trail walks are at your own risk. This trail walk has original 1908 water supply features including a pump house, dam, reservoir, and a vernal pool, streams, and open and dense woods. There are two trail walks offered—

(1) a longer 2 mile walk around the entire reservoir, and

(2) an easy ½ mile round trip short walk from the pumphouse to the dam and back.

Bedford Trails “Take-Your-Own Trail Walk” to Historic Old Reservoir and Valiente Land, by Mark Levine

This is the third walk in our new Take-Your-Own Trail Walk series, inspired by Sarah Stanton’s, Bedford Town Manager, recommendation (during this age of social distancing) to exercise by walking our trails. As before, we’ll provide the description, map & directions, and you can take the trail walk at your convenience and your own pace. Note that all trail walks are at your own risk. This trail walk has original 1908 water supply features including a pump house, dam, reservoir, and a vernal pool, streams, and open and dense woods. There are two trail walks offered—

(1) a longer 2 mile walk around the entire reservoir, and

(2) an easy ½ mile round trip short walk from the pumphouse to the dam and back.

Bedford Trails “Take-Your-Own Trail Walk” to Historic Old Reservoir and Valiente Land, by Mark Levine

This is the third walk in our new Take-Your-Own Trail Walk series, inspired by Sarah Stanton’s, Bedford Town Manager, recommendation (during this age of social distancing) to exercise by walking our trails. As before, we’ll provide the description, map & directions, and you can take the trail walk at your convenience and your own pace. Note that all trail walks are at your own risk. This trail walk has original 1908 water supply features including a pump house, dam, reservoir, and a vernal pool, streams, and open and dense woods. There are two trail walks offered—

(1) a longer 2 mile walk around the entire reservoir, and

(2) an easy ½ mile round trip short walk from the pumphouse to the dam and back.