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Avalonia Land Conservancy

Posted by:   Heather on Jun 3, 2013
Town:         Mystic
Troop:        63210

What issue did your Take Action project address?
The major issue our project addressed was how we could help our community. We found a common need with Joellen Anderson of Avalonia Land Conservancy in clearing a trail and blazing it for people to use to take hikes on and see a part of nature.

What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
Joellen Anderson was a huge help with our project. She taught us about the trail and how to regulations on how to blaze. She taught us about different species of trees and plants and which ones are invasive. Mr. Schafer and my father helped us to gather the wood and supplies and helped us make the bridges for the trail and also helped make the bee houses. My mother helped by taking me shopping for supplies and arranging schedules to get things done. Mrs. Schafer helped us by clearing and blazing and helped us plan out some of our ideas. Mr. Schafer also helped us to clear the trail by using the chainsaw to cut brush and helped us present our plan to the Inland Wetlands Commission. Katrina provided supervision one day we were clearing the trail.

What were the results? How did it affect the community?
Natalie and I were able to prepare two trails, Mother Nature's Highway and Town's End, for people in the community to go out and enjoy without getting lost or injured. We made letterboxes to get people's attention top want to come and explore our trails and the I-Spy Tree-sure Hunt to learn about the types of trees and plants in the area.

What did you learn from the experience?
I learned about different species of plants native to the trail. I learned how to blaze a trail and you cannot paint trees in the rain. I learned that you cannot just put a bridge in place. You have to apply for a permit from the Inland Wetlands Commission and tell them of your plan and that you will in no way harm the environment. I gained experience in public speaking when we presented our proposal to the commission. I learned how to make a bee house. I liked giving back to the community by making something many people can enjoy.

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