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Upton State Forest targeted for work by BSTRA

The Upton State Forest, a Department of Conservation & Recreation property, is a popular destination for individuals and families who come out to enjoy nature.  Whether it is for recreational or fitness purposes, the community enjoys accessing multi-use trails running through this 2,660-acre forest.  Some of the primary trails have major erosion and have become difficult to use for the various user groups.

That’s why Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. (BSTRA) has targeted the Upton State Forest for a major trail maintenance project which will take place sometime this Spring.  BSTRA has a history of commitment to the Upton State Forest, having put more than $90,940 into trail maintenance within this forest to date.  BSTRA received a Department of Conservation & Recreation Partnership Award to complete this project.  Improvements are slated for all of Park Road and part of Middle Road. They will be repaired and resurfaced with new materials, swales added to keep water off the trail and drainage ditches cleaned out and put back into working condition.  This is a major project with an estimated cost in excess of $79,700.  Under the terms of the award, BSTRA’s share of the expense is over $27,615 and DCR pays for the balance. Lawrence-Lynch Corp. of Falmouth will be doing the work for this project which is expected to be completed before summertime.

Activities within the Upton State Forest include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and hunting, so a large user group will benefit from BSTRA’s trail maintenance project.

BSTRA’s Calendar of Events also includes Trail Work Days at several other State Forests and Parks this Spring.  If you would like to come out to help with trail clean up and trimming back, look into one of the following work days.  It will give you a little exercise while you make a difference to trails within these forests:

April 13 - West Hill Dam, Uxbridge.  This work day is sponsored by Milford Federal Bank and is BSTRA’s 26th annual trail work day at this park.  Scheduled from 8:30 am to 12 Noon, with participants meeting at 518 E Hartford Ave, Uxbridge.  If you are planning to be part of this, contact Becky at [email protected] so BSTRA will have a head count.  Lunch following the work day is provided to all volunteers by BSTRA.

April 27 – Park Serve Day at Upton State Forest.  Sponsored by Homefield Credit Union.  Join the Friends of Upton State Forest, BSTRA and the Department of Conservation and Recreation to get some trail work done.  Scheduled from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, followed by pizza for lunch for volunteers.  If you are volunteering for this work day, bring hand tools such as pruners, hand saws or loppers.  Contact Suzanne at [email protected] if you are planning on being part of this Park Serve Day.

April 28 – Park Serve Day at Douglas State Forest.  Sponsored by UniBank.  BSTRA and DCR will be partnering up again this year to make a difference to trails.  Scheduled from 8:30 to 1:00 pm.  Volunteers should meet at 107 Wallum Lake Rd, Douglas at the Headquarters Building.  Following work, lunch will be provided by BSTRA for all volunteers.  Please come out and join in – it’s a great way to celebrate Earth Week.  Contact Becky at [email protected] if you are volunteering for this Park Serve Day.

To find out about additional trail projects and trail work days being planned for later this year by BSTRA, visit

BSTRA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization with an extensive track record of dependability, credibility and accomplishment.  Since 1989, BSTRA has put more than $617,775 into trails within State Forests and Parks within 34 towns in Massachusets, including Bellingham, Brimfield, Carlisle, Carver, Douglas, Franklin, Ipswich, Mendon, Middleboro, Peru, Shirley, Upton, Uxbridge, Warwick and Wilbraham, as well as Eastford (CT) and Pascoag, Burrillville and Exeter (RI).