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There are several trails
maintained by the North Quabbin
Trails Association on the south side
of the property, and all start from
a small field a short walk from the
parking lot on the left at the top of
Briggs Road in Athol. By expanding
the trail system with North Quabbin
Trails Association, Susie Feldman
said she and Curley both hope
to " plant the seed " and grow
children's love for the outdoors.
Thanks to grant funding received
through the Mount Grace Land
Conservation Trust, there is also a
2½-mile " Learning Loop " marked
by green and white trail signs that
teach children about plant life and
natural features.
" These trails are about the
fanciful children, " Curley said. " How
cool is all that spirit? "
" Kids are my big thing, " said
Feldman, a former art teacher in
the Orange elementary schools.
" We want kids in the woods. Adults
are wonderful, they're great, I'd love
to have you. But I want to plant the
seed in children. "
There is a map at the parking lot
at the top of Briggs Road, and a
sign explaining which trail markers
are associated with each trail.
The Flatlander Accessible Trails
are marked by green circles. The
Purple Perimeter trail is named
after the Feldmans' neighbor, World

The Cutthroat Brook Tree Farm Gnome Trails gets their name from the dozens of gnome figurines
scattered throughout the wooded property. Hikers are greeted by Gnorbert the Gnome, carved by Mark
Bosworth, as they walk from the parking lot to the trail head.

War II pilot Vincent " Bill " J. Purple.
Another trail is the Curley Q. Hike,
named by Feldman after Curley.
" I've got legacy, " Curley said proudly.
Nearly all of the trails feature
handmade, wood-burned signs
made by Susie Feldman that point
out different landmarks. There are
also five benches that were carved
from trees on the property.
Feldman said the land has been
in her family since 1947 when her
parents, Barbara and Richard B.
Ellis, purchased 40 acres for roughly
$3,000. Over the years, the property
was expanded until the family owned

North Quabbin Trails Association President Bobby Curley speaks during
" grand opening " hike on the Flatlander Accessible Trails for people with mobility
challenges. NQTA owns an all-terrain wheelchair that hikers can reserve.

hundreds of acres of contiguous
land in Phillipston, Petersham
and Athol, Massachusetts.
Feldman and her husband, Ben,
ultimately put most of the land into
a stewardship with Mount Grace
Land Conservation Trust in 2014,
permanently protecting roughly
297 acres with a conservation
restriction.
For more information about the
Mount Grace Land Conservation
Trust, please visit the website at
mountgrace.org/about/news/post/
family-protects-land-three-townsmoose-moss-gnomes.
A

A sign at the parking lot explains which trail markers are associated with each trail.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Winter 2020

Our Forests & Our Future
Cutthroat Brook Tree Farm & North Quabbin Land Trust Provide Accessible Trails
Forest Interactions
Outreach & Connections Through Virtual Events
Planting Seeds for the Future of Family Forestry
Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Program Obtain Funding for Expansion
Overcoming the Forester Capacity Challenge in the Western U.S.
2020 Policy Wins
Woodland - Winter 2020 - Intro
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Our Forests & Our Future
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Cutthroat Brook Tree Farm & North Quabbin Land Trust Provide Accessible Trails
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Forest Interactions
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Planting Seeds for the Future of Family Forestry
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Program Obtain Funding for Expansion
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Overcoming the Forester Capacity Challenge in the Western U.S.
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - 2020 Policy Wins
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