Saturday, March 05, 2011

WRLF to sponsor snowshoe hike on Pine Cobble Sunday March 13 at 1 PM

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Subject: calendar/outdoor listing - WRLF to sponsor snowshoe hike on Pine Cobble
Sunday March 13 at 1 PM

Press release
For immediate release

Leslie Reed-Evans
Executive Director
Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation
Sheep Hill
671 Cold Spring Road
Williamstown, MA 01267

Snowshoe outing on Pine Cobble

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is sponsoring a snowshoe hike on the Chestnut Trail Sunday afternoon March 13. Hikers should meet at the trailhead on Chestnut Street off North Hoosac Road in Williamstown at 1 PM. The hike will be led by Jake Blessing, a 2009 Williams Biology graduate and former Williams Outing Club naturalist. Jake has recently returned from working on a study of Western bluebirds in Carmel Valley, California, and is planning a research project before entering graduate school.

The Chestnut Trail is on WRLF conservation property on the western slope of Pine Cobble, and is mildly strenuous.The trail travels through mature oak woods. Hikers will visit an area of cliffs and boulders which in springtime is filled with the blooms of the mountain laurel shrub. WRLF has a limited number of snowshoes to lend.

A second snowshoe hike or walking hike, depending on conditions, will take place at Sheep Hill and the adjoining Fitch Trail on March 27th, also at 1 PM. Participants will meet at Sheep Hill. The hikes are free and open to the public.

The WRLF is a member-supported non-profit land conservation trust celebrating its 25th year in 2011. The WRLF holds programs and events year round at its Sheep Hill headquarters and on its other WRLF conservation properties. Sheep Hill is located one mile south of the Williamstown rotary on Route 7.

For more information call 458-2494 or


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