Volunteers Needed for Squannacook River Clean-up

Squannacook River Clean-Up  

Sponsoring Organization: Townsend Conservation Commission

About this Event: The Town of Townsend is fortunate to be the headwater for the Squannacook River. The river is one of the first cold water fisheries encountered as one heads west from the Boston area. The Townsend Conservation Commission currently has a permit for the removal of snags and debris on approximately 1,250 linear feet of the Squannacook River. The river is impassable by canoe in approximately 30 locations within the scope of the permit. Not only is the river a cold water fishery, it is also habitat for many species of wildlife. Not only will we be removing snags, we will be creating habitat for many of these species by lashing some of the debris to the bank. This will provide food and habitat for mollusks, turtles and fish and also benefit animals that feed on them. Volunteers will be hand cutting/pruning the fallen debris and will be instructed on how to lash it to the bank and or float it down stream. You will also be provided with an overview of the benefits of the work and the positive effects that it will have on the river and its inhabitants. Plus, you will get to enjoy a day on the river!! Volunteers are expected to sign up for one eight hour shift, with the option for multiple days. The day will start with an overview/discussion. We will stop for a lunch break. Food will be provided.

What to Bring: Volunteers should expect to get wet! Be prepared to work hard, wear appropriate clothing and shoes/boots for the water. Please bring a refillable water bottle. Tools (saws, rope, etc.) will be provided. A canoe/ kayak would be helpful, however, not necessary. Please let us know if you intend to bring one by emailing Nik at ngualco@townsend.ma.us.

Youth Volunteers? Volunteers should be over the age of 18.

Event Details: The clean up will take place on the following Saturdays: July 29, August 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2017. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Townsend, MA. Meet at the Townsend Memorial Hall. Sign-up for one or more days with the button, below!

Volunteer Sign-up

Questions? Contact Nik Gualco at ngualco@townsend.ma.us or 978-597-1700 x1739.
Townsend Memorial Hall, 272 Main St
TownsendMA  01469

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