Spring is finally here and there is a lot going on with the ARRT. First off, most of Massachusetts is in a full-blown drought, with tinder dry brush alongside the trail. Yesterday, the ARRT volunteers had their first spring cleanup in Maynard. We were picking up trash on the northern half of the ROW, which has been wood chipped for the last 4 years and is a popular walking path. This evening a large brush pile next to the path caught fire, with flames 25 feet in the air. It took the Maynard Fire Department an hour to put it out.
The Maynard cleanup was the first of 4 ARRT sponsored events over the next 5 weeks. We are doing our annual spring cleanups in Hudson and Marlborough and repainting part of the ARRT RR caboose in late May. The full schedule can be found on the ARRT calendar page.