Sudbury Venture Crew 1776, the co-ed unit of Sudbury Boy Scouts, spent a day at Greenways Conservation Area
in Wayland completing a service project to preserve land and plant life along the Sudbury River. Over time foot traffic (man and dog) has destroyed the natural vegetation that prevented erosion and run-off of soil into the water. This labor-intensive project involved constructing and installing split rail fencing.
Greenways, with its meandering trails, woods, and fields abutting the Sudbury River is a popular spot for dog walkers. In fact, there is one particular area that is a favorite for dogs to access the water. This area has been worn away and has been gradually expanding; the bushes and scrub that help stabilize the slope have been completely decimated.
In an initial effort to remediate the problem, the Sudbury Venture Crew erected a fence in 2009
. That fence has not completely solved the problem. Dogs and hikers are still able to get around the fence and continue to damage the plants in the area. The newly finished area provides a passageway that leads from the trail to the river for access, but limits the area so that the natural habitat will be protected.
On a warm, sunny Saturday in May, seven members of the Sudbury Venture Crew enthusiastically dug post holes and constructed the split rail fencing. They then reinforced the fence with wire mesh to prevent pets and people from straying off the designated pathway. Along side the fence, the Crew laid brush on either side of the trail as a further deterrent. The next phase of the project will involve introducing native plantings to reestablish vegetation to the area now bare.
As the Venture Crew was finishing up, they had the opportunity to see their hard work put to good use. Rebecca Cutting, chair of the Venture Crew Parent Committee observed, “The dogs got it. They are eager to get to the water and don’t care how they get there!” Dog walkers along with their canine friends thanked the Venture Crew for their work in preserving the land and watched as their dogs easily made their way to the water.
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