To the editor:

In the Aug. 19 Daily News, writer Bill Plante recalls childhood memories of Crow Lane and notes from nine years ago. He compares these to his recent walk to locate the Little River Nature Trail. Happily, he found it well-marked, well-cared for and interesting.

The trail will be featured in two events in the Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails weekends in September. On Sept. 17, Sue McGrath of Newburyport Birders will lead a bird walk on the trail. Naturalist Bob Metcalfe of New England Discovery will lead a nature walk on the trail Sept. 24. Both of these events require prior registration with Essex National Heritage online, beginning Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. on their website A listing of all Trails and Sails events can be found at this website.

The Little River Nature Trail is a project designed and maintained by the Parker River Clean Water Association (PRCWA). The trail is to the east of Interstate 95 on land given to the city after the present highway was built. It is located between Hale Street and Storey Avenue, marked by signs and sign gardens at each end. The area includes remnants of the old I-95 blacktop, with the headwaters of the Little River crossing it several times, in addition to the trail winding through the woods. There is a wildness to the area that is surprising considering how close it is to development. A wide diversity of birds, butterflies and animals in varying habitats can be observed. PRCWA board member Jerry Mullins is in charge of the stewardship of the trail and sign gardens and welcomes volunteer help to maintain them.

Nine years ago, Mr. Plante recalled lots of trash along Crow Lane. He will be glad to know this has been collected in a pile and awaits removal by city workers. This will be done as soon as they can access the area after the landfill is completed and debris from that project removed from Crow Lane.

In the meantime, Parker River Clean Water invites you to enjoy the Little River Nature Trail anytime or join us for the Trails and Sails events in September. Trail maps can be found in boxes by the signs at each end of the trail.

Marlene Schroeder

Parker River Clean Water Association

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