Jeff Bonja - Conservation Committee Steve Dalberth - Economic Development Committee Two Openings – Resident
Regional Trails The Trails Committee also represents Sturbridge at the inter-town Regional Trails Committee meetings. The Regional Trails Committee is a coalition of members representing Sturbridge, Southbridge, Brimfield, Holland, US Army Corps of Engineers and the Grand Trunk Trail Blazers. Seven meetings were held to coordinate trail efforts and share ideas this past year.
Volunteers Volunteers continue to be the driving force on building trails within the town. The volunteer effort takes many forms, from organized events when local residents turn out with a rake, shovel or on the seat of a tractor, Trails Committee members donating time and equipment on weekends, to local contractors and their heavy equipment.
During 2009 the Trails Committee hosted four major volunteer work events and participated in an additional event sponsored by the Conservation Commission Open Space Assistant.
The volunteer efforts and donations for 2009 have resulted in a value of $22,563.00 in labor, equipment and materials.
The committee would like to thank all the volunteers that provide their time, equipment, and materials in 2009. Tom Chamberland who represents the PLAC with trails efforts continues to be a driving force volunteering many hours of his time. Special recognition is due for a number of other individuals, businesses and organizations for their generous support.
Northern Tree Service New England Land and Lumber Soper Construction Denise Lachapelle Butch Jackson Tantasqua HS Carpentry Class US Army Corps of Engineers
Ahern Equipment Sturbridge Lions Club Richard Paradise Randy Redetzke Bill Chamberland Sturbridge Rotary Club Sturbridge Dept. of Public Works
Projects The Trails Committee emphasizes universal accessibility and sustainable trail construction techniques to promote usage while minimizing long term maintenance. This often means the closing of existing cart path trails in favor of newly constructed trails that are more cohesive with the existing terrain and environment.
Heins Farm The Heins Farm area is nearing completion. Volunteer donations and labor to date in support of the Heins trails work and associated parking area total $47,013.00.