At 10 am on Wednesday, March 6 and on Saturday, March 9, Lenox Land Trust hosted snowshoe hikes on the 111 acre Toole Wildlife Preserve. With hike leader Ken Kelly, the groups traversed portions of the preserve that are not yet accessible in other seasons. We saw fresh bobcat, fox and coyote tracks and black bear sign.
The Toole Wildlife Preserve includes part of Yokun Brook, extensive wetlands, and 5 ponds behind Hampton Inn & Suites and the Yankee Inn. Privately owned, Lenox Land Trust holds a conservation restriction on the Preserve. Trails and boardwalks to create public access are planned.
On Sunday, February 24, Lenox Land Trust hosted a snowshoe hike on the town-owned 231 acre Post Farm. Hike leaders were Patty Spector & Bill Gop.
Three founders of the Land Trust were recently awarded Emeritus status, most recently Kevin Sprague, who served as Land Trust president during our early years. Charlie Liston and Gige Darey were also awarded Emeritus status, but unfortunately both passed away soon after the presentations of Emeritus status were made. Both had also previously been presented with life-time achievement awards by Lenox Land Trust, as pictured below.
Bill Gop, superintendent of public works for the Town of Lenox, has been elected to our board. Having grown up in Lenoxdale, he recently returned to his home town, bringing wide-ranging experience and a degree in conservation. He has quickly established himself as an important asset to the Town, and we welcome him to our board.
Pleasant Valley Sanctuary is now accepting applications for their Berkshire Nature Camp. Deadline is May 15 for applications, payment & all forms, but these popular camp slots often fill well before that. Campers range from 3 years old to 16, with one-week sessions starting June 14, running through August 16. Campers are grouped by age; the "Knee-High Naturalists" (ages 3-5) attend half a day, while the other age groups are full-day programs. Click below for details & application form: