Vivienne Carey & Roger Webb: Volunteers prove vital to Amherst trails work
To the editor:
We spent some time on a recent morning helping to spread wood chips on the trail leading to Amethyst Brook and feel compelled to express thanks to the others involved in this maintenance project that will be of benefit to the many walkers who use this area: Brad Bordewieck, the town’s land manger, works tirelessly to maintain the open spaces and the 80 miles of trails that so many people enjoy. In the fall of 2012, he offered an opportunity for volunteers to join an email list so that he could coordinate trail maintenance work with them and offer a place where the public could report trail problems.
The Amherst Trails Discussion Forum is accessible from the town’s wonderfully comprehensive website. Brad’s enthusiasm is infectious and his dedication to his work is seen by few but enjoyed by many. The day’s volunteers comprised a group of young men from the Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity at the University of Massachusetts. Although their finals were about to begin, they spent all morning cheerfully spreading wood chips across the trail, working together as a well-coordinated team. Fraternities get so much bad press, due to the actions of a very small minority. However, these students were a delight to work with and we feel honored to have made their acquaintance.
We have made Amherst our home for nearly 30 years and events like this confirm our belief that this is truly a special place to be.
Vivienne Carey and Roger Webb