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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Angler's Trail Phase I

Back sometime last year, the FRAA, DEP, MDC, FRWA and NPS gathered together to discuss topics of interest involving improvement to the habitat and overall wellbeing of the Farmington River. Several ideas have come to the table, and some of the projects have already broken ground as of last year. The removal of invasive plants has been a hot topic in recent years, and last fall some projects involving the removal of some invasives took place in New Hartford in the area of Callahan Park.

One of the major topics discussed was the erosion issues along the streamside vegetation and banks in the stretch of river from Greenwoods pool to the tail of the Boneyard pool. Combine that with the growth of invasives, and the lack of a defined trailhead and a multitude of issues were recognized. Over the past 12 months a plan has been discussed between all the parties listed above in hopes of re-establishing a designated trail along that particular area while also restructuring the damaged habitat. Yesterday marked the first steps in making this project a reality.

Members from MDC, DEP and FRAA met in the Boneyard and walked the area from the Boneyard Parking lot to the side channel at the lower end of the pool. While doing so we flagged an area where the designated angler path will be, and designated offshoots to the waters edge will be implemented, in hopes of keeping anglers and foot traffic on the path and off the areas that will be repaired. This is phase I of a rather large project, sometime next week while the DEP is cutting the fields they will cut our new path. We urge everyone who frequents the area to immediately begin use of this new trail once it is in place later next week, to help support our efforts to maintain a quality fishery and experience.

Just an update, I walked the newly formed angler path yesterday and am very pleased with how things turned out. I think those who fish the Boneyard will be very happy with their ability to walk to the tail of the pool now without damaging their waders. The path itself is easily wide enough for anglers traveling in either direction. Just the beginning of an exciting project, I'll keep you posted on the next phases.

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