Summer days on the Bay Circuit Trail

July 16, 2016

The past two months have come and gone as quickly as a storm on a hot summer evening, the kind that leaves you both amazed and in awe, and not without a lasting impression! Since early June, the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) Volunteer Program hosted a National Trails Day Work Party and two custom crew work days, each of which accomplished some great trail projects with local partners.

AMC-BCT National Trails Day
National Trails Day on BCT! Above, volunteers install bog bridges, reroute the trail, and and plant native pollinator plants in a meadow. Below, the group screws in anchors to keep the bog bridges from floating away when the nearby brook floods.

Bog bridge installation on the BCT/Emerson-Thoreau Amble

These experiences bring community members together, foster awareness about local trails and parks, and gets people excited about giving back, and making a real difference to improve trail! What could be better than that? Additionally, we have are lucky to have two great Crew Leaders with us for the summer season. They are set to begin work with the first BCT crew of the summer this weekend! Here’s a little bit about them:

2016 BCT Crew Leaders
Meet Masuzyo and Kayla!

“Hello every one my name is Masuzyo Mhango. I was born in Botswana and moved to Billerica, MA when I was little. I grew up there. I spent lots of time going for hikes and running. I love to read when the mood strikes me, and one of my favorite things to do is discover music be it old or new. I also spent years doing pottery and other forms of art. I like to discover art and go to museums. I go to Middlesex Community College during the school year. I spent last year working for the Texas Conservation Corps, where I spent 11 days at a time camping out and building trails for the State parks in Texas. A fun fact about me is that I rowed a lot in high school and raced in the Head of the Charles – we crashed into a bridge and nearly cracked the boat. I like to travel and have visited Ireland, Scotland and Canada, and also have lived in about 7 different states in the US. “

Kayla Dorey grew up on the Long Island Sound, but for the past two years, she has made the Massachusetts North Shore her home. She graduated in May 2014 from the University of Vermont where she earned a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies. She was a Teen Trail Crew Leader for the AMC in the White Mountains in Summer 2012, where she developed knowledge and love for trail work. She enjoys catching butterflies, canoeing the Ipswich River, tending to her garden in Topsfield, and exploring wild places.”

This report comes to you from Catherine Frondorf, BCT Projects Coordinator

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