Local group to maintain trails in Kern Park

The Kern Park Association, as part of National Trails Day, will hold a “trail clean up” Saturday, June 1.  The event, co-sponsored by the Pequabuck River Watershed Association, will be held from 9  a.m. to 12:30 p.m..  Volunteers should meet at Ivy Drive School between 9 and 9:15 a.m. 

The Kern Park Association maintains five main trails and several side paths throughout the 29 acres of wetlands.  One path takes a visitor through a deciduous wood into a meadow; another passes through a cedar forest to the edge of a bog. “Kern Park is 29 acres of wetland habitat rich in bio-diversity,” stated Mary Rydingsward, Kern Park Association Co-Chair in a press release.

 “The wetlands of Kern Park are vital to preventing flooding along Route 6, acting as a natural sponge, wetlands store up to 1.5 million gallons of water per acre”, said Carl Swanson, President of the Pequabuck River Watershed Association in the press release. “Also, the wetland soil is a natural filter, purifying water that flows into our drinking supply.”

For more information contact Richard Johnson at (860)582-5258 or Mary Rydingsward at (860)670 4761 or maryrydingsward@gmail.com..