On Wednesday, June 26, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $5 million in MassTrails Grants for 71 projects throughout the State, continuing efforts to support Massachusetts’ vast network of trails. The Kestrel Land Trust, in partnership with the Town of Amherst and other public landowners, received a grant for $50,000 for the Robert Frost Trail. The announcement was made by Lieutenant Governor Polito during an event in Lowell.
“Massachusetts is home to thousands of miles of public trails, and the MassTrails Grants will aid in the improvement of these trails and assist in the creation of new sections for the public to enjoy,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The MassTrails Grants serve as a great example of our administration’s dedication to ensuring that the Commonwealth’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources remain accessible for years to come.”
The Kestrel Land Trust project seeks to upgrade and improve the 37 miles of the Robert Frost Trail that are located on publicly owned conservation land, permanently protected private land, and public roads. Improvements will include addressing long-deferred basic maintenance on the trail as well as upgrading a limited number of select bridges and bog bridging, re-routing sections of the trail that are wet and on fall-line layouts, improving or adding parking at trail heads and updating signage.
“The Conservation Department is excited to be working with the Kestrel Trust on this project to improve the Robert Frost Trail. The trail is a very important regional asset that provides thousands of people with enjoyment each year. Another great collaborative effort with the MA DCR, Amherst and the Trust” said David Ziomek, Assistant Town Manager.
The project will use professional trail contractors and volunteer trail stewards to accomplish this work over the two-year period of the grant. A full list and brief description of each of the 71 projects receiving a grant can be found on the MassTrails Grants webpage.