Building a Higher Trail along Seasonal Wetlands
Samuel Fennell
Troop 176, Fremont

My project was to clear out and open up a new entrance to the waterfront nature trail. To do this, I first had to clear out the bramble of blackberries and small shrubs that stood in the way. These plants were killing off local vegetation, so in addition to creating a new entrance, clearing these will allow native plants to grow back and thrive. The bushes had grown nearly six feet high, so removing them was quite a challenge.

After removing and rooting the blackberry bushes, I dug notches to place the stairs in, removing several hundred pounds of mulch that had gotten in the way. I then put in the seven stairs leading down to the creek bed. This staircase acts as an alternate entrance to the trail for students and teachers on fieldtrips to the waterfront. The only entrance in place before was small and to the side, and this new one allows better access to the trail from the butterfly garden across the way.

area before the project

 My crew hard at work removing mulch

I would like to thank Robert Kane, Gary Kane, Ricardo Madrid, Juan Tizon, Jarret Escobido, Andrew Narveson, Thomas Narveson, Genna Thomas, Peter Braun, Edward Abraham, Austin Wong, Sohan Patel, Smita Patel, Shrey Patel, and my parents, Larke Reeber and Jack Fendell, for helping me with my project. I would also like to thank my Dr. Blueford, for letting me work on this, as well as Barry Willis, who put tons of time and effort into helping me plan and carry out my project.

Digging a path out

putting finishing touches on stairs

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