Cascading Waters can be found at 135 Olean Street on the eastern edge of Worcester's northwest parklands, the Cascades. The Cascades are 350 acres of park and conservation lands along the borders of Worcester, Paxton, and Holden, Massachusetts. Home to countless species of plants and animals, the Cascades are open to passive recreation year-round.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Lodge Life

Taking a phone call for work on the couch by the large back windows of the Lodge and I caught a swoop through the underbrush and onto a low tree branch.

I fully expected this to be one of our hawks, as we have a few that fly through the dense deciduous forest silently and perch, wait, and swoop off again.

The only problem was that when it perched, came to a stop, and turned its head, it was clearly an owl, and a large one at that!

It stayed long enough for me to yell out through the house to "come quick!" and see the owl, and luckily the colleague on the phone was indulgent enough to allow me to drop our conversation for a moment and guide everyone's eyes to the tuftless large owl just out back.

After looking carefully at the guides for the available local species I feel left with it having to be a Barred Owl, due to size, range, habitat, russet wings, and tuftless head (no pointy ears.)

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In other exciting news, today the USFS Fire Danger Class rose to "HIGH" and the sign out on Olean Street has been changed to reflect this.

It would be a bad time for a lighting a fire (recreational or brush) in the forest, so keep an eye out folks!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Great Weather!

Great Weather!

8:00 am weather conditions:

58.3°F temperature and steady;
83% humidity and steady;
29.56" Hg pressure and steady;
Blue skies;
Cascades Brook is at a trickle;
No wind reading on the anemometer; &
No new precipitation.

Also, this evening at 5:30 pm we will be meeting on Indian Hill Road and Pleasant Street in Paxton to install a new property sign for Muir Meadow!
Very Very Good stuff!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Lovely Friday

Here's Cascades Brook, running out to Cook's Pond this morning:

At 7:44 am, it is 58.6 degrees and rising (a little chilly in the shade!) 
75% humidity and steady
29.38 inches of mercury and steady under blue skies
No measureable wind
The fire danger continues to be LOW. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Clear morning after the rain

Due to the large amounts of rain last night, the Cascades are running today! We have a brook again!
At 9:30 am, it is 67 degrees and rising.
It is 81% humidity.
Clear skies, with the barometer steady at 29. 12 inches of mercury.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Today's conditions

Today's Conditions, 9:35 am:

Temperature is 70.2°F and rising;
Humidity is 81% and falling;
Pressure is 29.44" of Hg and steady;
Breeze is stirring, no reading;
Cascades Brook is dry;
No recent precipitation;
Skies are blue and clear;
USFS Fire Danger is LOW.

As follow-up to the wildlife clearing @Cascades West, there will be targeted spraying of specific invasive exotic weeds in the meadow today. Orange signs have been posted. Please stay to the official marked trails.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

We're back!

A while back the darnedest thing happened.

Someone stole the "low" fire danger sign. This sorta was a problem in that the fire danger for most of the summer has been "low."

Honestly, this also took the wind out of our sails as well.

Never fear! GWLT Volunteer Paula is here!

Paula measured out, cut, traced, routed, sanded, and painted a replacement "low" sign. Harold threw a couple of coats of polyurethane on it. This morning we hung her up and away we go!

Observations for 1:15pm:

Temperature is 68° F and steady;
Humidity is 67% and falling;
Pressure is 29.38" and steady;
Sky is hazy and overcast;
No new rainfall today; 

The Cascades Brook is dry;
There is a gentle breeze;

The USFS Fire Danger is "LOW"!!!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Visitor at the Lodge this morning

This guy was hanging out on the door frame when we went out today. 

Reporting in from the Lodge

Here at the Lodge at Cascading Waters it is overcast. There is a little bit of a breeze going at tops around 3.5 mph. It is 77 degrees outside with 70% humidity.

Monday, May 12, 2014


Lovely spring day!
At 8 am, it is 58.3 degrees and rising. 
The humidity is 67% and steady. 
The barometer is at 29.32 inches and steady. 
The fire danger remains MODERATE. 

Sunday, May 04, 2014

May the fourth

Lovely Sunday!
At 9:30, it is 57.9 degrees and rising. 
The humidity is 44% and falling. 
The barometer is 28.88 inches of mercury and steady. 
The wind is 14.5 mph. 
The fire danger is MODERATE. 
The Cascades are running from all of the rain earlier this week, and both stream channels are open. 

The Land Trust planted trees at Cascading Waters, Trinity Woods, and Bovenzi Conservation Park yesterday to celebrate Arbor Day. 

Friday, May 02, 2014

Working on Pleasant

Yesterday afternoon, in the space of an hour or so, the temperature went up, the sun came out, and things were getting pretty nice. Not to be too obliging Mother Nature immediately made sure that we had night time downpours and lightning, just to make sure everyone knew who was the boss.

Today started off cool, in the low 40s, but has crept up into nearly pleasant, and the sun makes occasional appearances just to keep us all hopeful but guessing.

The Cascades are still running white, thought they are no longer roaring. Both of the Cascades streams are running in their channels. Clearly the water table is still high.

Conditions at the Lodge at 2:00 p.m.:

Temperature is 67.3 degrees F and steady;
Humidity is 39% and steady;
Pressure is 28.94" of Hg and steady;
Wind Speed is variable, peaking at 25.5 mph; and
USFS Fire Danger Class is MODERATE.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Happy May Day! The Cascades are ROARING!

At 8:15, the temperature is 43.7 and steady
The humidity is 98% and steady, with mist in the air.
The barometer is 29.06 inches of mercury and falling.
There is a flood watch in Worcester until 6 pm tonight.
The wind is stirring, but we don't have a reading.
The Cascades Brook is running through both channels.
And the Cascades are ROARING!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rain for the Forseeable Future

Rain is falling here at the Lodge, and will continue to fall today, tonight, tomorrow, and on and off for a bit after that.

The plants are soaking it in and are headed for a fluorescence of green, and the Cascades are running, and the Cascades Brook has good flow in it.

Bloodwort (White with a yellow center),
Trout Lily (Yellow with red and purple stripes), and
Red trillium (Deep maroon red),
are all presently in bloom in the Cascades and make for a wonderful floral mix.

The 8:00 a.m. conditions at the Lodge:
38.7 degrees F temperature and steady;
89% humidity and steady;
29.71" of Hg pressure and steady;
the air is stirring but registering no wind speed;
the sky is overcast but bright;
rain is presently falling;
the Cascades are running, and will likely pick up in volume over the course of the day;
the USFS Fire Danger Class is LOW.

Sunday saw a cleanup at Parson's Cider Mill and Marois 28, Monday saw a spot cleanup at Cascades East, and yesterday saw spot cleanups at Cascading Waters (more neighborly detritus), and Cascades West (generally older stuff finally unearthed through use and time.) Things are moving forward here in the Cascades.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Sunny Sunday

Another lovely day of spring!
At 9:45 am, it is 41.7 degrees and rising.
43% humidity
The barometer is 29.35 inches of mercury and rising.
The sky is blue, the sun is out, and it's heading into the 50's today.

While the Cascades are much smaller than they were a week ago, there is still water coming over the falls. The first and secondary stream channels are open with flow in the brook.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Even more weather excellence!

8:30 a.m. conditions at the Lodge:

Temperature is 37.9°F and rising;
Humidity is 58% and steady;
Pressure is 29.35" and steady;
Wind is stirring, but no reading;
Sun through high altitude clouds;
Cascades Brook is running, mostly in primary channel;
Cascades are running;
USFS Fire Danger us LOW.

Yesterday was busy!
Beams getting hewn, sign posts getting signs mounted, signs being traced, signs being routed, "no dumping" sign posts getting assembled, signs getting treated with wood preservative, and, hugely, the jersey barrier getting picked up and moved by a Sansoucy Stone forklift to close off vehicular access to Cascades East! We had old and new volunteers all in the mix. Thanks to everyone!

Also, our first crocus is up!