The Field Team was suppose to visit me at Minute Man Park for 2 days but due to bad weather they only spent one day in Concord. After introductions, a stretch and a safety meeting the field team looked at the trails they would be maintaining. We observed the erosion and different problems the Park is experiencing with its trails. Alice and Uriah then gave a lesson on trail condition assessment. After determining the trail’s condition; good, fair, or poor, we discussed what steps could be taken to repair it. I told them about the 150 year old English Hawthorn that I have been caring for this summer. The tree was planted by the famous author Nathaniel Hawthorne known for writing the Scarlet Letter and the House of Seven Gables. The Hawthorn tree has not been doing so well the past few years, the canopy and leaves are not healthy and 50% of the vegetation is dead. I have been taking a few steps to care for this tree and doing regular condition assessments. I got to teach the field team how to fill out a tree condition assessment. With the knowledge they had just learned the Field Team did their own trail condition assessments and shared them in a group. The Team watched a multi media video about Minute Man National Park history and after lunch we got straight to work on the trails, two groups dug trenches and fixed the pathways. Branching Out finished the day by circling up, sharing what they learned and thanking Trent and Sean the technical experts.
Thanks Field Team for coming, working and learning about Minute Man National Historical Park.