April 22 saw Earth Day and the opening of the Colebrook Preserve.
Jim and Christine McKnight had sold their 65 acre woodland acre in Northumberland to Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land And Nature) to conserve the property for future generations.
On Earth Day Saratoga PLAN invite the public to enjoy the two miles of marked trails as it officially opened the Preserve.
Northumberland Town Supervisor Bill Peck led the ribbon-cutting and hikers began to enjoy the marked trails (a project of Leadership Saratoga).
A highlight of the trails was a bridge built by Drew Pelchar as an Eagle Scout Project. (See Page 11).
Plans are to connect the Preserve with County and Town trails linking with those of the Wilton Preserve.
From Geyser and Milton take Route 29 east to Homestead Road. Fturn left and the Preserve is about a mile Check saratogaplan.org
Eagle Scout bridges Cold Brook
That's one sturdy bridge and Scout Andrew "Drew" Pelchar will tell you it was a cooperative effort to construct the bridge last summer.
6 tons of concrete and steel supports came from Stone Bridge Iron&Steel, Kings Ransom Farm donated back hoeing and excavation and, of course, Steve Pelchar (Drew's dad) lent a hand.
Big project and it took a summer. Drew says he can feel he really earned his Eagle Scout Award.
The bridge is about a quarter-mile in fr.om the trailhead and it's going to be there for many years to come.
Nice going, Drew.