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Thanks to You!
The Cataumet Greenway Is Greener
Thanks to your support and generosity, six acres of land that abuts the DeNormandie Woods has been purchased and paid in full. This land greatly enhances the Cataumet Greenway and expands the BCT's walking trails and habitat for local wildlife. The purchase and sale agreement was signed at the end of December 2013. Thanks to a matching gift and the generosity of 170 donors, the BCT was able to raise, by mid-April 2014, the funds necessary to cover the full cost without borrowing any funds. The purchase is now complete and the land is protected today and for generations to come. This is really good news for the BCT and for all of you who enjoy our trails and the more than 200 acres of open space in our town that has been purchased by or donated to the BCT.
Cataumet Greenway, approximately 95 acres, is comprised of several parcels joined together to provide a network of trails through varying habitats. It is home to numerous species of wild animals and a variety or wildflowers. A sheep trench from an era gone by can still be seen at various point along the trail. Included is Red Brook Pond Conservation Area (Map 6), Cataumet Center (parcels 7-15), and Lawrence Island (Map 16).
• 7 - Dimmick Field C.R. - 3 privately owned acres of rolling field used for grazing with Conservation Restrictions held by the BCT. It is bordered by a split rail fence and will be maintained as a field in perpetuity.
• 8 - DeNormandie Woods - 11 acres of rolling woodland donated by Philip and Tina DeNormandie in 1980. This donation was the first land acquired by the BCT. Watch for Lady Slippers in the spring.
• 9 - Joyce Path - Donated by the Joyce family in 1989 to connect DeNormandie Woods and Broyer Conservation Area. An additional acre was purchased in 1999 with member donations.
• 10 - Broyer Conservation Area - 12 acres of pine and mixed hardwoods, owned by the Town of Bourne and maintained by the BCT. Parking is available along the west side of Depot Road near the trailheads.
• 11 - John E. Handy Conservation Area - 4 1/3 wooded acres, 1 acre acquired with member donations, the remaining acres donated by Brad and Martha Townley and George and Pam Christodoulo in 1986. The 1/4-mile trail winds from Depot Road through a cedar grove and terminates at County Road. Parking is available on the west side of Depot Road.
• 12 - Robnson Conservation Area - 29 acres consists of 18 acres owned by the Town of Bourne and maintained by the BCT and 11 acres purchased in 10998 from Tom Kingman and member donations. The trail winds through mixed hardwoods, pine, spruce, uplands and wetlands. Parking is available at Cataumet Depot or Dimmick Waterfront (Red Brook Harbor Road).
• 13 - Dimmick Waterfront - 2 1/2 acres of lowlands donated by the Dimmick family. A stone bench (Ferne Robinson memorial) in this field of wildflowers ad grasses is an ideal spot for viewing sunsets over Red Brook Harbor.
• 14 - Cataumet Depot - A gift from Philip and Tina DeNormandie in 1989 with a historic building available for community use. an adjacent plot was a gift from George F. Ballentine, Jr., and an additional acre was purchased with member donations. Parking is available here with easy access to the trails of Cataumet.
• 15 - Washington Park Playground - Playground owned by the Town of Bourne, across from Cataumet Post Office.
More Thanks Along the Trails
The BCT has assembled a great team of Trail Meisters who oversee the care and maintenance of our trails. And as you know there are many trails. Like the rest of us, the Trail Meisters cannot be in all places at all times and cannot know what has happened on all the trails. That's where many of you come in. Thanks go out to our trail and dog walkers who notify us of problems (broken branches; downed trees, etc.); pick up and dispose of trash; carry clippers to trim new growth; and provide support to the Trail Meisters.
As always, special thanks go to our Trail Meisters: Dick Boyden, Bill Dibella, Jay Fisher, George Gillis, Don Mears, Rick Rheinhardt, Carl Wirsen, and John Woodley. The BCT would not be the same without you!