A recent trip to conserved lands known as the Bradbury –Pineland Corridor (in reference to Bradbury Mountain State Park and Pineland Public Lands) fulfilled what I might call a “mini bucket list” activity. The property is in the Town of Pownal and is owned and managed by the Bureau of Parks and Lands. The “bucket list” activity was sledding down this particular sharp slope between an upper and lower field separated by mature white pines.
I’ve been involved in the management planning and trail development activity on this project for several years. I knew from local conservation partners that the hill west of the Lawrence Rd. has been traditionally used as a sledding hill. This past weekend, I finally got to test it out with my family in tow. It did not disappoint.
The experience reminded me again of the human element of conservation. The same field edge where my little ones hooted and hollered while zipping down the slope may serve as an owl’s hunting grounds. The snows will melt eventually and feed the nearby river as it rambles over stones and boulders sheltering mayflies and brook trout. With thoughtful management and respectful use, human recreation and enjoyment can harmonize with a whole host of other values.
A map of the Corridor property is available from the Royal River Conservation Trust.