The Connecticut Forest and Park Association Summer Trail Crew called Kettletown State Park in Southbury home from July 30 to August 2, setting up camp there while they labored on the nearby Lillinonah Trail in the Paugussett State Forest in Newtown. This year’s crew of summer interns took on a total of 16 trail maintenance or re-routing projects, ranging in duration from one day to one week, that also included three opportunities to camp in some of the state’s more remote locations.
The team consists of (from left) returning intern and crew leader Marissa Jayawickrema of Andover, a recent graduate of the University of Hartford; New England College grad Alex Staddon of Middlefield, SUNY Binghamton student Sarah Healy of West Hartford, Wallingford resident Mike Pazareskis, who will start his junior year at Central Connecticut State this fall; Yale University student Faren Roth of Guilford, and Brennan Turner, CFPA trails program field coordinator.
This is the CFPA’s third year providing paid internships to young adults with interests in land conservation and environmental science while working to maintain the state’s 825 miles of blue-blazed trails. Those interested in becoming a CFPA supporter or seeking more information about the nonprofit group and its internship program may visit ctwoodlands.org or call 860-346-2372. (O’Brien photo)