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

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Exploring Old Furnace State Park worth the trip

March 10, 2019

Old Furnace State Park in Danielson is only 12 miles from my house, so we frequently visit on those spur-of-the-moment mornings when someone says, “hey let’s go for a hike somewhere.” Winter is a great time of year to hike in our state forests and […]

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Sights, sounds announce impending arrival of spring

March 7, 2019

Exploring The Last Green Valley, Sunday, March 3, 2019 “No winter lasts forever, so spring skips its turn.” — Hal Borland Welcome to March, when days are longer, the sun suddenly feels warm on your face, and spring will finally arrive in just a few […]

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Trout hatchery has much more than fish

February 28, 2019

The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is rich with many locations perfect for outdoor recreation. Thousands of acres of parks and forests with hundreds of miles of trails await your exploratory spirit. There is one location in the Central Village section of Plainfield I […]

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Our region is defined by those who came before us

February 21, 2019

“With these thoughts I leave, asking you to give your hearts to wisdom, restraining yourself from selfishness, and living for the good of others.” – James L. Smith Every February since 1976 the United States has celebrated the achievements of African Americans during Black History Month. […]

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Tiny black-capped chickadee has big personality

February 14, 2019

To watch the antics of a black-capped chickadee is to witness a diminutive bird with the spirit and determination of a much larger animal. A frequent visitor to winter bird feeders, this tiny bird with beautiful black and white plumage is a favorite of many […]

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Feed songbirds in winter, not mammals

February 14, 2019

Old man winter rode the polar vortex across the country into New England – bringing single digits at dawn – twice these last two weeks. Despite the deep cold, so far this year The Last Green Valley has been spared major blizzards, Winter conditions create […]

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Spring approaches, but plenty to do in February

January 31, 2019

″Winter is a guest that stays beyond its welcome, and I am not complaining merely of cold and thaw, thaw and cold. I dislike the loneliness of winter, the flowerlessness of the ground. I miss the birds.” – Donald Culross Peattie, “An Almanac for Moderns” […]

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Pique young interest in astronomy with Sunday night’s lunar eclipse

January 23, 2019

Sunday is an interesting night in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. You will have a chance to witness a spectacular astrological event and it’s a great way for the whole family – especially children — to get interested in the night sky and […]

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Share adventures with our future nature stewards

January 16, 2019

“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 in.” Rachael Carson, “The Sense of Wonder” […]

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Dedicate yourself to make a difference in nature

January 16, 2019

“The Solstice past, the year tends toward Spring. But you would never know it. The old saying, ‘days lengthen, cold strengthens’ is proved in January.” – Hal Borland, “Beyond Your Doorstep: A Handbook to the Country” Last week I introduced ideas for making a difference […]

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Dedicate yourself to making a difference in nature

January 16, 2019

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall Jane Goodhall has been one of my heroes […]

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Painted turtle has interesting way of surviving winter

January 16, 2019

Winter arrived Friday and Monday is Christmas Eve. While we’ll be snug in our beds, anxiously waiting for Santa to arrive, the season of ice and snow can be quite different for wild animals, especially our region’s reptiles and amphibians. I had not really thought […]

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