North County Land Trust thanks Eagle Scout, Liam Buchanan of Leominster Troop 477, for completing a reroute of the Roey’s Ramble trail at Crocker Conservation Area. The Roey’s Ramble trail at Crocker Conservation Area in Fitchburg has historically been a little used path on the property. The original trail was steep and eroded in places, making for a difficult hike for some. The trail travels from the main area of Crocker near Overlook Reservoir, crosses a set of powerlines with a lovely view not seen elsewhere on the property, and into a mountain laurel lined section of trail. In order to create a more sustainable and usable trail, Liam and his troop set out to cut a new path. The group completed the trail reroute in 3 Saturday sessions and did a fantastic job creating a new footbed and visible trail markings.
Liam said of the experience “The project was a huge success, everyone who came worked hard and got the job done well. Of course there were a few roadblocks but we worked together to move around them and get the work done. I want to thank everyone from Troop 477 and my family who came to help, even when the work was hard you were there to help get it done.”
North County Land Trust hopes that these trail improvements will encourage hikers, bikers, and other trail users to check out this new route and enjoy the view as well as the mountain laurel blooming in early summer.
Jassy Bratko, North County Land Trust’s Director of Land Protection, commented that “The stewardship team at North County Land Trust has been wanting to improve Roey’s Ramble for some time. We needed to reroute steep sections that were difficult for people to negotiate and prone to erosion and we wanted to improve the signage and trail markings on various sections. We wanted it to be more user friendly. We are so pleased with the work that Liam has done and have already received many compliments on the improvements. Our hope is that more hikers will take the opportunity to explore an area of Crocker that is beautiful but that is used very little.”