The HALT Board of Directors is an active, hands-on team, collaborating with many volunteers to maintain trails and properties, and reaching out to the community to promote land conservation values. This page lists events and projects underway or recently completed.
Trails and Properties
Cameron Woods Bridges
Boy Scout Eagle candidate Casey Pratt and his crew are building two replacement bridges. Expected completion spring 2020.
Peloquin Woods Trail Extension
HALT members building ½-mile extension to existing trail, completing a loop. Expected completion summer 2020.
Peloquin Woods Trailhead Sign
HALT’s fund drive for the Marjorie Peloquin Memorial Trail sign was successful. Expected installation is in spring 2020.
Braim Farm Expansion
Negotiations are well underway to acquire a conservation restriction on 4.9 acres of land at 4 Valentine Circle abutting Braim Farm, increasing the contiguous conservation area to 44.7 acres.
Fruit Street Trail Clearing
HALT members removed recent blow-downs and debris from Mary Pratt trails, clearing them for cross country skiing.
Brook Hollow New Trail and Bridges
Boy Scout Eagle candidate Nick DePatie doubled the existing trail network to 1.5 miles with a new loop and bridge in the eastern portion of property.
Deneen Conservation Area Boardwalk
HALT members built a boardwalk over wet crossing on the Maspenock Connector trail.
Wiley Woods Fallen Tree Clearing
HALT members removed numerous fallen trees across trails that accumulated over the years. Most trails now suitable for cross country skiing.
Braim Farm New Trail
HALT members opened up access from South Mill Street to ¾-mile trail through the property.
Whitehall Conservation Area Reopening Trail
HALT members reopened overgrown connector from main trial to Piazza Lane across former meadow.
Hopkinton Meadows Trail Reopening and Bridge
HALT members cleared a long-overgrown section of trail and installed a bridge, adding another ½ mile to the existing trail.
Fruit Street Trail Clearing
HALT members and volunteers created a new connection from Mary Pratt North loop to town land on old Pratt Farm property. HALT members also cleared a blow-down.
Peloquin Woods New Trail
HALT members built connecting trail from Front Street to existing trail network.
Ora Cheney Conservation Area New Trail
Boy Scout Eagle candidate Aditya Kaushik built new 0.3-mile trail in spring 2019. Trail was dedicated as Dave Goldman Trail in honor of HALT founder, with trailhead sign installed in September.
Cameron Woods Kiosk Maps
HALT members created new trail maps and installed them in long-neglected kiosks at Whisper Way and Sylvan Way.
Fruit Street New trail and Cleanup
As a community service project, Boy Scout Troop 1 leader Alton Chen and his scouts built a new link from the parking area to northern trails, and did significant cleanup.
Events and Announcements
Bird of Prey Presentation
HALT and the Hopkinton Public Library jointly sponsored a Mass. Audubon Bird of Prey presentation on January 25, 2020.
Hopkinton Holiday Stroll
Board of Directors set up and manned display booth at Masonic Hall, December 7, 2019.
HALT and Upton Conservation Commission organized a joint inaugural trail walk on December 8, 2019.
HALT opened trails to mountain biking October 2019 after meeting with the New England Mountain Biking Association. SVT revisited their bicycling policy and followed suit at neighboring Saddle Hill Conservation Area.
2019 Annual Meeting and New President
Board of Directors held annual member meeting at HCAM studios September 25, 2019 and subsequently elected Morrie Gasser as new president.
Polyarts Festival and Family Day
Board of Directors set up and manned display booths on September 14, 2019.
In April 2019 HALT began a project to develop a new, completely redesigned website. After 6 months of development, website went live on September 7, 2019.