Orange Conservation Commission members were joined by Orange Lions Club members and Boy Scouts from Troop 925 on Saturday, September 24th to mark the Racebrook Tract trails in Orange with new metal tree tags for the red, white and green trails. Orange Lions Club member George Lesko organized the day, inviting the three groups to work together on the project. This is the first phase of the Orange Conservation Commission’s plans to install new markers on all the trails at the six open space areas that the Commission maintains.
Racebrook Tract is a beautiful town-owned property, which has four open trails which are shared by those who enjoy hiking, walking their dog, or mountain bike riding. There is a kiosk at the trail head by the parking area which has a map of the trails and simple signage which reminds visitors that the trails are shared by many people and all should do their part to maintain the area for future users. Hikers should stay on the designated trails and carry out all of their trash. There are two trash cans near the parking lot area for all to use. Dogs should be kept on leash and their owners should clean up after their pets on the trail. A dispenser is posted at the kiosk with bags for pet owners to use and carry out. Mountain bikers should stay on the established trails marked on the map. When riders go “off trail”, the natural underbrush can be damaged and result in erosion. Many areas have had to close their trails to bike riders because of erosion damage, but the Commission is hoping that our local bikers will respect the rules posted at the kiosk and stay on the established trails so that everyone can enjoy this beautiful area.
If anyone is interested in assisting to help maintain the area by walking the trails and doing some light maintenance, please contact The Orange Conservation Commission at 203 891-2122 X768 or visit our Website or Facebook page for more information.
George Lesko, Betty Hadlock, Harold Cavallaro, Mike Merola, Bruce Spiewak, Nick Bencivengo, Cindy Ruggeri, Donna Wesolowski and members from Troop 925 in Orange