Recent and Ongoing Projects

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

Current

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.

December 2019

Fruit Street Trail Clearing

HALT members removed recent blow-downs and debris from Mary Pratt trails, clearing them for cross country skiing.

November 2019

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.

October 2019

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.

September 2019

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.

Summer 2019

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.

December 2018

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.

Rockwood Meadows Trail Walk

HALT and Upton Conservation Commission organized a joint inaugural trail walk on December 8, 2019.

Trails Opened to Mountain Biking

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.

Website

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.