* Feb. 2 (Groundhog Day and World Wetlands Day) the Meadowlands Initiative will provide an information session for the general public at the Franklin Public Library from 3-6 pm. We are also “sponsoring” a related activity in the Children’s Room – a reading of “Ms. G’s Shadowy Road to Fame” (a fictionalized treatment of the story of our official State Groundhog!) with Town Councilor Melanie Hamblen as volunteer reader.
* April 22 CANCELLED (Earth Day), the Meadowlands Initiative will lead a walk into the Franklin section of the Meadowlands – time and location to be announced.
* April 28 Anyone interested in walking in the Meadowlands area, please meet Alan Earls at Beaver Pond at the conclusion of the town Earth Day cleanup (meet near the main vehicle entrance) at noon. We can then proceed by car to the Pond Street area.
Other meetings and events are pending...
PLANNED MEETING TIMES AND LOCATIONS FOR 2017(Subject to change)
* Tues. Jan 10, 6:30 PM, Dean Rm, First Universalist Soc. 262 Chestnut St, Franklin, MA
* Tues. Feb 7,6:30 PM, Dean Rm, First Universalist Soc. 262 Chestnut St, Franklin, MA
* Tues Mar 7, 6:30 PM, Dean Rm, First Universalist Soc. 262 Chestnut St, Franklin, MA
* CANCELLEDTues Apr 4, 6:30 PM, Dean Rm, First Universalist Soc. 262 Chestnut St, Franklin, MA INSTEAD, PLEASE ATTEND ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS PUBLIC MEETING ON CHARLES RIVER NATURAL VALLEY STORAGE AREA MASTER PLAN, AT MILLIS PUBLIC LIBRARY, APRIL 19 FROM 5-8 PM
* Tues May 2, 6:30 PM, First Universalist Soc. 262 Chestnut St, Franklin, MA (Fitzgerald Room)
* No JUNE MEETING
* Wed, July 12 ,6:30 PM, Dean Rm, First Universalist Soc. 262 Chestnut St, Franklin, MA
* Wed, Aug. 16, ,6:30 PM, Dean Rm, First Universalist Soc. 262 Chestnut St, Franklin, MA
* Sat., Oct. 28, at 10:30 AM, Alan Earls will be leading a walk through the fields and wetlands along Mine Brook in Franklin to assess potential public access points and existing trails on behalf of the Charles River Meadowlands Initiative.
We will meet at the end of Oak Street Extension (please park carefully so as not to impact neighbors) and depart, rain or shine, heading roughly south toward the former town sewage treatment facilities (now being redeveloped).
Depending on conditions we will either retrace our route or exit via White Ave., returning to our cars on foot. This is an opportunity to see this hidden open space gem and to contribute to efforts with town and federal authorities to improve access. Plan on a duration of approximately two hours. If you have access to GPS mapping equipment, please bring it!
PLEASE BE AWARE THERE ARE NO DEVELOPED TRAILS IN MOST PARTS OF THE PROPERTY. EXPECT MUD, WATER, BRAMBLES AND BRUSH AND USE TICK REPELLENT