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.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Cooler, Less Humid, Clear Start

Yesterday was a busy one!

First, the Trust is exploring the acquisition of a tractor to assist with property maintenance and some of that was going on yesterday. Hopefully this is something which will become part of the Trust's arsenal for maintaining the conservation properties.

Second, the Trust continues to work on negotiating for property and that was very much going on yesterday.

Finally, Third, the Trust had a work project last night up on Asnebumskit clearing the Asnebumskit Ridge Trail as it passes through the area of the forestry cut to regenerate oak. A regenerating forest cut is VERY VERY thick with vegetation soaking in the sun to grow by leaps and bounds, so keeping a trail open through that is a challenge until the regrowth matures. Add to that the fact that we have to hike a distance and all up hill to get to the area that needs attention AND that the cutting is more grass whipping dense vegetation and less clipping with loppers, and you have a challenging project!

Luckily we had a great crew for the work! Ron, Gordon, Paula, Mary, Tim, Lisa, and Colin (along with Tim's loyal Chesapeake Retriever Lola) headed up along the trail in the evening and I am happy to report that the route isn't just passable, but it is in good shape!

So, today promises, hopefully, to be a slightly less busy day to allow the tending to the various things that cry out for some work.

Trailhead Conditions at Cascading Waters at 8:00 a.m. (elev. 630'):

Temperature is 67.5 degrees and steady;
Humidity is 80% and steady;
Pressure is 29.91" of Hg and steady;
The skies are clear;
The air is still;
The Cascades are dry;
The Cascades Brook is dry;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is listed at LOW but we are finding it unchanged since yesterday (especially as it relates to the relative dryness of the material on the ground and otherwise we would be leaving the sign at MODERATE. The reduced wind and temperature are probably the controlling factors in their decision.)

National Weather Service Forecast:

Sunny, with a high near 81.
Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

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