The Nashua River Watershed Association will lead a guided trail walk at the Heald Street Orchard in Pepperell this Sunday, January 27, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. This guided trail walk is one in a series of eleven hikes in eleven different communities that make up NRWA’s Outdoor Wellness Walking Program. The trail walks are intended to introduce people to properties in their area where they can walk for exercise.
Heald Street Orchard is an 80-acre conservation area owned by the town of Pepperell that features an apple orchard, grasslands, and woods adjacent to beautiful Heald Pond. Al Futterman, NRWA’s Land Programs Director, will be leading the walk and providing “naturalist observations” about what can be seen at this property. He will be joined by Pepperell’s Conservation Agent, Paula Terrassi, who will talk about the town’s management of an 18-acre area of early successional habitat for grassland birds and how they recently created a savannah. The trail walk will last approximately one hour and cover roughly two miles. The walk will not proceed if we have a heavy storm.
The trailhead and parking for this walk are located on Heald Street approximately 1.25 miles from the Pepperell Town Hall.
This trail walk is free and open to the public, funded in part by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes, and for notification in case of inclement weather. To register, please contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs Director, at (978) 448-0299, or email [email protected] .