[3/20/21 Kadience (left) and Ginny Lenyk in the cattails next to the trail and across from Empire State College. Environmental educator Nancy Condon, of Two Naturalists, noted: “Those ladies are standing by phragmites, an invasive wetland plant crowding out the native, more wildlife beneficial cattails. It’s hard to get rid of because you have to get roots and all.” Except where indicated photos by David Kramer]
After nine articles and a poem on the Highland Crossing Trail in Brighton, I thought I’d run dry of material. (SEE AT END) Hardly.
This morning I learned that Christine Platt organized a cleanup of the Trail, the first today at 9:30am and the second on Saturday the 27th also at 9:30am. When arriving on this sparkling early spring day, about 15 people were clearing debris and trash accumulated on the trail and adjacent fields.
See you there next Saturday! Parking available at Empire State College on 680 Westfall Road. For any additional info, contact Christine at [email protected]
Christine explains why she organized the cleanup:
As I approach two and a half years sober, I find walking to be a vital part of my recovery. I try to walk each day and enjoy exploring my surroundings. Being outdoors brings me peace and joy. I enjoy the silence and beauty of nature. There was a time in my life where joy did not exist. Today, I take each day as an opportunity to grow and connect with new people. I took notice to the trash along the trail and told myself, “well, if you don’t like it, do something about it!” Simple as that. In reaching out through social media, I found like minded people to support my mission. I hope to grow and continue clean-ups throughout Brighton and beyond. I have so much gratitude. Just for today.
We filled roughly ten 55 gallon bags provided by Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle. He supported my journey and came through with supplies provided by the town and contacted Empire State College to gain permission for parking. We have many more bags to fill and will be gathering again next Saturday, the 27th at 9:30 A.M.
I truly appreciate the support from the dozen or so people that came out today.
[UPDATE: see Illegal and unethical dumping next to abandoned farm at the Highland Crossing with Christine Platt]
THE HIGHLAND CROSSING SERIES