Eagle Scout blazes trails — Nate Brangan

Taking walks outside is fantastic way to exercise. It is a great time to breathe in the fresh air, experience nature and have some time to think. It is also a great way to keep fit, and I enjoy it more than exercising indoors.

Here in Shelburne, we are fortunate to have so many great parks, with good trails that take you through the forests of our town. I enjoy exploring these trails, but there are some that aren’t that well maintained.

There is a trail in Bay Park, just past the town mooring docks that had an erosion problem. There were many places where water pooled and tree roots were exposed. So for my Eagle Scout project I decided to fix it up. With permission from the town, I put gravel down, made new punchins (plank bridges), and even rerouted a part of the trail. I did this over the past two months and with the help from many other scouts, and parent volunteers.

I would like to thank Betsy Cieplicki, the parks and recreation director; Donal Curley, my project coach; and all people who donated to my project at the farmers market. I really couldn’t have done it without you. I would especially like to thank Poulin Lumber who donated the planks and the Dirt Tech Company that donated the gravel.

The trail is open to the public, so if you would like to visit the trail to see what I have done, you can.

Nate Brangan
Shelburne

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