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

Exploring The Last Green Valley – A River Runs Through It – The Shetucket River

May 23, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley, A River Runs Through It – The Shetucket River Two weeks ago this column focused on the Willimantic River and the recreational opportunities it offers to paddle enthusiasts. In keeping with our spring season water recreation theme, today we explore […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – Give the Gift of Vitamin N (Nature)!

May 16, 2016

Give the Gift of Vitamin N (Nature)! “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he [or she] needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – The Willimantic River – A National Recreation Trail

May 10, 2016

The Willimantic River – A National Recreation Trail To the lost man, to the pioneer penetrating a new country, to the naturalist who wishes to see the wild land at its wildest, the advice is always the same – follow the river. The river is […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – The Mother of the Forest

May 2, 2016

The Mother of the Forest “I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through deep snow to keep an appointment with a beech tree…” Henry David Thoreau One of my favorite trees is the American beech. There is a very large and now decaying beech tree […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – Spring Outdoors in The Last Green Valley

April 26, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley – Spring Outdoors in The Last Green Valley In this column two weeks ago I introduced readers to a new program sponsored by The Last Green Valley called “Spring Outdoors.” We are partnering with our region’s land trusts and conservation […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – The Call of the Wild

April 19, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley – The Call of the Wild I have seen them on many occasions, followed their tracks in the snow, and been bolted awake by their long lonely howl from the dark woods.  Every encounter is recalled and always thrilling. One […]

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Spring Outdoors in The Last Green Valley

April 13, 2016

From time to time over the next two months, this column will feature a new program being organized by The Last Green Valley, Inc. called “Spring Outdoors.” The program provides land trusts and conservation commissions throughout the region the opportunity to showcase interesting features and […]

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Find your Quiet Place in The Last Green Valley

April 5, 2016

“Time and space – time to be alone, space to move about – these may well become the great scarcities of tomorrow.” Edwin Way Teale When I was about 12 years old, I discovered an ancient white oak tree located about a mile from my […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – Gladys Tantaquidgeon: A Mohegan Woman Born to Follow the Sun

March 29, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley – Gladys Tantaquidgeon: A Mohegan Woman Born to Follow the Sun In celebration of Women’s History Month, my March columns have focused on memorable women who lived in The Last Green Valley. There are many women from our region who […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – Clara Barton: Humanitarian and Founder of American Red Cross

March 22, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley – Clara Barton: Humanitarian and Founder of American Red Cross In celebration of Women’s History Month, each of my columns this month is focusing on remarkable women who lived in The Last Green Valley. There are many women from our […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – Women’s History Month – Harriet Arnold Tourtellotte, Philanthropist and Founder

March 15, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley – Women’s History Month – Harriet Arnold Tourtellotte, Philanthropist and Founder In celebration of Women’s History Month, my column last week was the first in a series about remarkable women who lived in The Last Green Valley. There are many […]

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Exploring The Last Green Valley – Women’s History Month in The Last Green Valley

March 8, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley – Women’s History Month in The Last Green Valley March is Women’s History Month and for the next few weeks this column will feature remarkable women who lived in our region. This year, at the national level, Women’s History Month […]

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