To the Editor:

Salisbury Coastal Trails organized a terrific trail cleanup of Salisbury’s rail trails on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Despite sub-freezing temperatures, over 30 people turned out for the cleanup, including Boy and Girl Scout troops and volunteers from as far away as Lowell and Danvers. 

The Salisbury DPW supplied leaf blowers and a tree and brush chipper and a stalwart local volunteer group walked the entire trail feeding the chipper with logs, limbs and brush from the sides of the trail.  Leaves were cleared off the length of the trail, all the edges have been mowed, and all the trash has been picked. 

During the week before the cleanup, Coastal Trails Coalition used Salisbury Adopt a Trail funds to hire a trail clearing contractor to cut back impinging brush and trees along the Old Eastern Marsh Trail. We depend on the contributions of our many Adopt a Trail sponsors who make annual contributions to maintain and improve the trails. We use these funds to hire maintenance contractors, install benches and purchase materials and equipment needed to keep the trails in top condition.

Our Adopt a Trail sponsors include the Institution for Savings, Cove Marina, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, Ring’s Island Marina, Wash ‘N Wags, Bassler Veterinary Hospital, Karen Holmes Physical Therapy, Susan’s Interior Plantscaping, Gray’s Garage, New England Chocolate, Tom’s Discount Store, Atlantic Hospitality Group (Seaglass, Blue Ocean Music Hall and Capri ), David’s Fish Market, the Beaulieu and Burke Families, Wilson’s Welding, Tripoli Pizza and Bakery, Kelly’s True Value Hardware, Riverside Cycle, Paul’s Sportswear & Ski Shop, Connie’s Stagecoach, Ron Campbell, Kim & Bill Scholtz, Winner’s Circle Running Club, The Winner’s Circle, Amesbury Skate & Sport Shop and Amesbury Stop & Shop. When you visit any of these sponsoring businesses, please thank them for their help in maintaining and improving the trails.

I should also mention the outstanding contributions of Salisbury volunteers Joe Callahan and Dave Montanari.  During the growing season Joe mowed the entire Marsh Trail weekly (as he has done since the trail was completed in 2010) and Dave mowed and trimmed the planting areas along the Gillis Bridge Connector. 

Special thanks are also due to John Golden, who volunteered once again to clear all the leaves off the Old Eastern Marsh Trail and a large part of the Ghost Trail before the cleanup. He also worked on the Marsh Trail to cut brush and limbs and clean up debris left by the trail clearing contractor.   

Salisbury’s Coastal Trails are being maintained in beautiful condition thanks the contributions of our local volunteers, the Town of Salisbury Planning Department and DPW, and our Adopt a Trail sponsors. We hope you enjoy the Coastal Trails. 

Jerry Klima

Coastal Trails Coalition

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