On January 22, 2005, SVT's Director of Stewardship Laura Mattei met with a group of Boy Scouts eager to volunteer at our Walkup and Robinson Memorial Reservation
in Westborough. In the ten years since, Scouts have come and gone from Troop 100—a few even earning their Eagle Ranks right there at Walkup—but the Troop's commitment to service at the property has remained constant.
Thanks to a similar commitment from adult volunteers like our long-time Preserve Steward John Metzger and Wheaton College Professor of Biology Scott Shumway—both dads of Troop 100 Scouts in the past—the Scouts have had excellent direction on how to best help the property during their seasonal work days. Scott has used his experience in managing invasive plant species to point willing and weed-wrench-wielding Scouts toward pockets of trailside burning bush that have steadily decreased over the years. John's year-round visits have informed many productive trail cleanups, during which Scouts have trimmed overgrown branches and cleaned out drainage structures. We've also been lucky to make use of the Scouts’ young energy following a series of storms (including the Halloween nor'easter of 2011 and Hurricane Sandy the following year) when they cleared downed limbs from trails at the reservation.