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

Exploring The Last Green Valley: How to catch a snowflake

January 9, 2017

Silently, like thoughts that come and go, the snowflakes fall, each one a gem.” – William Hamilton Gibson Wintertime tends to bring out the kid in me, or rather brings back so many snowy winter memories from long ago that remind me of when I…

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Ranger Bill shares bucket list for 2017

January 3, 2017

There is so much to see and do here in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. In my job, I get to explore many of the natural and cultural wonders of our region, and every year I try to visit and experience each of…

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Ranger Bill shares 2016 highlights

December 27, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Ranger Bill shares 2016 highlights Here we are, on the cusp of a new year.Before we welcome 2017, let me share with you a few fun places that I visited during the four seasons of 2016. Perhaps it will provide…

Exploring The Last Green Valley: White pine is only Christmas tree variety native to region

December 27, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley: White pine is only Christmas tree variety native to region “I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.” – Linus Van Pelt, “A Charlie Brown…

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Winter is perfect time of year to get outdoors

December 19, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Winter is perfect time of year to get outdoors The Winter Solstice will be marked at 5:44 a.m. this coming Wednesday. The word solstice comes from the Latin words for sun and to stand still.  Winter Solstice is when the…

Exploring The Last Green Valley: From history to hiking, shopping and dining, Sturbridge has it all

December 12, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley: From history to hiking, shopping and dining, Sturbridge has it all  As I travel around the 35 towns that comprise The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor and speak to community groups about our region, I sometimes am surprised when…

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Hibernating season is upon us

December 5, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Hibernating season is upon us The calendar still says autumn, but sunrise today revealed a dusting of snow on the cars and driveway. During morning farm chores I had to break up the thin layer of ice that had skimmed…

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Opossum is only marsupial found in Connecticut

November 28, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Opossum is only marsupial found in Connecticut For the past few weeks my wife has been leaving food out for a beautiful stray cat. We hope to entice the animal with food so as to eventually tame him and include…

Exploring The Last Green Valley: The witch of the woods has many uses

November 21, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley: The witch of the woods has many uses This past month, I led a hike along the Nipmuck Trail in Ashford. The trail winds through the Natchaug State Forest and some of the more spectacular habitat in our region. The…

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Canada geese are here to stay

November 14, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Canada geese are here to stay Yesterday, a flock of Canada geese flew over our house. They were flying in their classic V-shaped formation and the chilled autumn air was filled with the cacophony of their honking music.I always stop…

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Trio of maples represent three of our veterans

November 7, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Trio of maples represent three of our veterans Friday is Veterans Day, our public holiday to honor U.S. veterans and victims of all wars. It was originally called Armistice Day and marked the end of hostilities in World War I…

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Ravens more than symbol of Halloween

October 31, 2016

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Ravens more than symbol of Halloween  And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is…