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           Hikers on Nov 2013 Maudsley State Park Hike led by Ted Harney & Sheila Pendleton   ( Fred Snell photo)

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From Faith Evans and Richard Soo Hoo

Dear  Leaders, Co leaders and Friends,

     I hope you are enjoying Spring, after such a long winter.  We are pleased to have planned many hikes for May and June.  There are  a total of ten hikes planned .

     Our Leaders Appreciation Dinner  is planned for April 27th.  And our Annual Potluck and meeting will be held in June. Details to follow later.

     Most interested people receive this Greensheet electronically.  It has been decided that the snail copy of the Greensheet (US Mail)  will continue to a small number of people with a  small fee.  A separate notice is being sent to them. 

     We are excited about the changes to the AMC's website.  You can now check it out  for a quick listing of all trips two  months at a time:, click Boston Chapter, then click "Find an Activity" and Andover.  .  Its easy and quick!  

     A new one day Training is being planned for  May 31 in Waltham.    This is a regional effort and involves the Committees of Forty Plus, Young Members, Mountains and Music, Family Outings,  Intro and Local Walks.   We  encourage you to consider taking the Training.  You then would qualify to become  a co Leader and later could apply to be a Leader.   Its a good  way to becoming further involved with a great organization.  Please contact Faith for further information and to register. 

     Any questions or concerns, please contact us.   There will be no Greensheet or trips in July and August.  Your next Greensheet and trips will be in September.

    Again, enjoy Spring and see you on the trail.

     Faith Evans (978-356-2098)               Richard Soo Hoo (978-470-2293)
     Co Chair                                             Co Chair                    

Please note, if you are receiving or wish to receive a postal copy of this newsletter, please send $5.00 for a yearly fee to: Richard Soo Hoo at 17 Wolcott Ave, Andover, MA 01810.  Thanks!

April - June Trips

Scenic Kenoza Lake Walk, Haverhill, Sun April 27, 2014   Walk on beautiful wooded trails, most of them along the lake shore, with stop at Winnekenni Castle. I-495 North Exit 52 to Route 110 South (left at the end of the ramp). Take first left onto Elliot Street, to Northern Essex Community College. Meet at 1:30pm, parking lot #1. No dogs, Rain cancels. Leader: Ted Harney 978-764-1272   Co-Leader: Sheila Pendleton

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield Sun May 4, 2014 . Enjoy two hour hike thru beautiful fields, forest, wetlands. Meet at 1:30pm at Sanctuary pkg lot. Small pkg fee for non Audubon members. Take Rte. 1 N past Topsfield fairgrounds, turn Right onto Rte. 97, proceed to 2nd Left, Perkins Row, and follow signs. Leader: Faith Evans 978-356-2098

Crane Pond Wildlife Management Area West Newbury/Groveland, MA (Georgetown Rd/J.B. Little Rd) Sat May 10, Easy nature hike thru forest trails with beaver ponds, and occasional stops to observe Nature, 3 to 4 miles. Meet 1:00 PM. From I-95, take exit 56 west onto Scotland Road, R at 0.5 m onto Indian Hill St, bear L at 1.1 m onto Cherry Hill St, L at 1.4 m onto Middle St, L at 1.4 m onto Georgetown Rd and continue about 0.7 m to 2nd gate on left side of road. Rain cancels. L Richard Lombard ((978) 469-9479,

Old Town Hill (The Trustees of Reservations, TTOR), Newbury, MA. Sat May 17, 2014 Meet at 1:00 pm at The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR) parking area. Enjoy coastal vistas of The Great Marsh and Isles of Shoals from Old Town Hill. From the 168-foot hilltop, you can see as far as Mount Agamenticus in southern Maine. Follow easy trail to hilltop exploring ~3miles of reservation trails. A three-mile network of trails and pathways leads you through thriving wetlands and up to landscape-level views of this corridor of protected open space along the Parker River. Old Town Hill is a link in the Bay Circuit Trail. From Rt. 95 Exit 54, take Rt. 133 East for 4.5 mi. Turn left onto Rt. 1A North and follow for 4.8 mi. Shortly after passing over the Parker River, turn left onto Newman Rd. and follow for 0.5 mi. to parking (10 cars) on left. Look for trail heads along Newman Rd. Leader: Richard Lombard 978-394-9619 (use on day of hike)

Ponds of Harold Parker State Forest. Andover Sun May 18, 2014  Enjoy the beauty and serenity of some lesser-known trails of Harold Parker State Forest, as we hike by three of its ponds Meet at 1:30 pm. From Rt 114, N Andover, take Harold Parker Rd. At the "T", go L to Park Hdqtrs.
Leader: Faith Evans 978-356-2098
Co-Leader: Jeff LaFontaine 978-470-2980 (Evening)

Marblehead and Old Town Walk. Sun May 18, 2014  Enjoy views of Marblehead Neck, including Chandler Hovey Park with lighthouse and historic landmarks in Old Town. Meet at Devereux Beach at 1:30pm. Follow Route 114 to Marblehead, right on Ocean Avenue to parking lot (no fee). Rain cancels. Leader: MaryEllen Delaney 978-745-7708

Potter's Farm and Hovey's Pond conservation areas, Boxford. Sat May 24, 2014.  Easy terrain, moderate pace, about 2 hours. Children and dogs welcome. 1PM. Take Rte. 133 into west Boxford center, turn west at the church onto Main St., go past the fire station and park at junction of Main and Silver Mine Rd.(on Silver Mine).  Leader: Steve Davis

Maudslay State Park Newburyport. Sun May 25, 2014  Easy 4 miles on mostly flat terrain. Meet at 1:30p.m. I-95, Exit 57, Route 113W, over I-95 and through the lights, 0.5 miles. Turn right onto Hoyt's Lane and follow to the end. Turn right into parking lot. Small fee or pass required. Rain cancels, no dogs please. Hopefully, azaleas will be in bloom. Leader: Ted Harney

Veasey Memorial Park (VMP), Groveland (201 Washington St), MA. Sun June1, 2014 Easy hike along woodland & field trails views of Johnson Pond, will observe nest box and field bird activity. BYO binoculars. Meet at 1:30 PM in main parking area. Picnic tables available at Park for snacks/lunch before/after hike. From I-95 take exit 53B onto Route 133 west toward Georgetown. Follow Route 133 through Georgetown Center at 5.8 miles take right onto Washington Street. Veasey Memorial Park is 1.5 miles on left. Leader Richard Lombard 978-394-9619;

Deer Jump Reservation, Andover.  Sun June 15, 2014.  Enjoy a scenic walk along the Merrimack River. We may catch some Mountain Laurel in bloom. Take I-93, Exit 45 (River Road). Proceed west on River Road for 1.2 miles. Turn right onto Launching Road. Travel 0.25 miles to the trail head on the right just past #15 Launching Rd. Meet at 1:30 PM at the trail head. Heavy rain cancels. Leader: Fred Snell 978-686-3647 (Bef 9pm)

Bay Circuit Trail in Harold Parker State Forest (HPSF). Sun June 22, 2014.  Hike 5 miles of the Bay Circuit Trail as it winds through Harold Parker S.F. Meet at 1:30 pm at the Pavilion on Salem St. From Rte. 125, Andover, take Salem St. approx. 2 miles to Pavilion on the right, shortly after Berry Pond.Leader: Jeffrey Lafountain
Co-Leader: Helen Palmer

Links to other Area Organizations for maps, trail guides, and other information:

Andover Trails Committee

A citizens committee that works to increase the public's access to recreational trails in Andover, particularly on the Town's Conservation land
Andover Village Improvement Society AVIS is an Andover Land Trust protecting 1100 acres of land in it's natural state with 30 miles of trails in 26 reservations. Founded in 1894, AVIS is one of the oldest conservation organizations in the country.
Bay Circuit Alliance This group is working to link green space surrounding Greater Boston area with over 200 miles of trails.  An eighteen mile segment of the Bay Circuit Trail passes through Andover.  Now jointly run by AMC and The Trustees of Reservations.
Shawsheen River Watershed Association S.R.W.A. focuses on preservation and cleanup of this river.  Public paddling trips are offered once a month during the season.
Trustees of Reservations The first private, state-wide conservation and preservation organization in the nation. Ward Reservation in Andover and Weir Hill in North Andover are Trustees of Reservation properties.
ECTA logo Essex County Trail Association The Essex County Trail Association exists to protect access to the trails and open lands throughout Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Topsfield, Essex and West Newbury.

Boxford Trails Association / Boxford Open Land Trust Boxford Trails Association/Boxford Open Land Trust, Inc. (BTA/BOLT) is a volunteer, private, nonprofit,tax-exempt organization for more than 30 years dedicated to preserving and protecting natural and aesthetically important land and wildlife habitat, in Boxford.