Callahan State Park Update - July 17, 2003

Anne Shepard

On the advocacy side, Mark Lamkin and Anne Shepard had a very encouraging meeting with representatives from the DEM and the Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) at Callahan State Park on July 17th.

The (SVT) has agreed to allow mountain bikes a right of way on 2 of the main perimeter trails, while restricting access to the more sensitive interior trails crossing wetlands. We offered continuing support and assistance on trail maintenance. We finished the meeting by scouting the trails for some very favorable re-routes around perpetual mudholes.  Pending timely approval from the conservation commission, we hope to begin work on these projects this fall. We also gently chided the newly dug waterbar "gullies", recently installed by the AMC, and we offered to help convert them to rolling grade dips. Copies of the recently completed "Shared Use Guidelines" written by NEMBA were given to the DEM and to the SVT.

Callahan gets heavy multi-user traffic and we're hearing some reports of conflicts, often hikers or dog walkers vehemently asserting that bikers and/or equestrians "aren't allowed in the park". We are working with a good group of multi-user volunteers to try to prevent such incidents with good signage, education, and a pro-active presence, but there's always a few yahoos who don't want to share "their" trails. The new seasonal ranger expressed a strong desire to have a more active and visible presence in the park.

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