Follow the Trail with Bill Reid,
The Last Green Valley's Chief Ranger

The Natchaug River valley is worth a visit soon

August 16, 2017

For 30 years I lived in Woodstock Valley on Route 198, the state highway that stretches between Chaplin to the south and Southbridge to the north. For me, the defining feature of Route 198 is the beautiful stretch between the towns of Eastford and Chaplin […]

Read More...

Butterfly Season is Here: The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

August 7, 2017

For one of my teenage birthdays, I was given an insect and butterfly catching kit that came with a fine-meshed insect net and other items for euthanizing and mounting specimens in display frames. With my net in hand, I ventured forth to hunt my butterfly […]

Read More...

A Giant Along the River Bank: Our Mighty Sycamore

August 2, 2017

Safe in the harbour of home at last I’ll tell the tale of my dangers past. O! for my cottage beside the sea, And the peaceful shade of my sycamore tree! From The Sycamore Tree by Charles Mackay The first time I really noticed the […]

Read More...

An eastern box turtle is rare find in The Last Green Valley

July 24, 2017

The house I grew up in was only 100 yards from a small pond, and there was a golf course in my neighborhood with several water hazard holes and feeder streams full of life. With so many ponds a short walk or bike from my […]

Read More...

The Old Connecticut Path brought settlers to state

July 17, 2017

I first learned about the Old Connecticut Path when I lived in Woodstock and saw a plaque on Route 171 identifying a segment of that road as part of the Old Connecticut Path. But it wasn’t until I met Jason Newton that I really came […]

Read More...

Favorite places for “alone time” in The Last Green Valley

July 10, 2017

By the time this column is printed in the Bulletin, I will be on vacation. Most of my vacation will be spent with family and friends, but a good portion will also be spent alone. The prospect of thoughtful, quiet moments of solitude has me […]

Read More...

Exploring The Last Green Valley – The Trumbulls of Lebanon were revolutionary leaders

July 2, 2017

Exploring The Last Green Valley – The Trumbulls of Lebanon were revolutionary leaders Since we are on the cusp of our July 4 Independence Day holiday, I thought it would be a good opportunity to remember the Trumbull family and the important role they played […]

Read More...

Exploring The Last Green Valley – Barred owls are all around, but not easy to spot

June 26, 2017

Exploring The Last Green Valley – Barred owls are all around, but not easy to spot “We know the old woods road in winter, when we sometimes see where foxes have trotted along the same path we are using and where, on occasion, we follow […]

Read More...

Exploring The Last Green Valley – Garter snakes like frogs, and their freedom

June 19, 2017

Exploring The Last Green Valley – Garter snakes like frogs, and their freedom On one of those unseasonably cool days this month, I ventured out to remove the cover off my large compost pile and discovered a surprise underneath the tarp. As I pulled back […]

Read More...

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Towns like Thompson make this region so special

June 12, 2017

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Towns like Thompson make this region so special The Town of Thompson is located in the northeast corner of Connecticut and is one of 35 towns within The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. I am very familiar with Thompson […]

Read More...

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Explore Guide has suggestions for every season

June 5, 2017

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Explore Guide has suggestions for every season When it comes to getting out and exploring our region, no one season has an advantage over another. While Cape Cod fills with people during the summer, and Vermont is a popular destination […]

Read More...

Exploring The Last Green Valley: WWII pilot from Thompson fought for Britain

May 30, 2017

Exploring The Last Green Valley: WWII pilot from Thompson fought for Britain  “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” — Winston Churchill Winston Churchill provided this well-known quote when he delivered an address to England’s […]

Read More...