Trail News & Notices
The Randal J Millen Nature Trail is temporarily closed at one end.
(The Storey Avenue Trail Head is completely blocked)
The developer working on the Atria Addition has placed a fence completely around his project.
Once the project is completed, the City and the Planning Office
has required the developer to provide clear access and direction to the trail.
The trail is very useable all the way to the fence from the Marlene Schroeder Trail
by Mount Lavender.
Simply understand that you may have to retrace
your steps after traversing the trail.
Clean Up Day at the Trails!
June 8th, 8-12
Meeting at the Marlene Schroeder Nature Trail Head at the end of Colby Farm Lane
Volunteers will pick a trail (Five to choose from!) and using clippers, rakes, snippers and
a hand saw; will clear the paths, removing fallen brush and trees
while enjoying Mother Nature at her best!
Garbage bags will be provided to haul out any trash to the trail heads.
so the DPS Highway Department can haul them away.
Don't forget to label your tools and cover your body with bug spray.
Shorts and bare arms and legs strongly discouraged!
Continental Breakfast at 8 at the Trail Head, Bottled Water will be provided.
The LRTS has an amazing array of birds, insects, and mammals in such a small area. Almost all (except ticks!) pose no threat
to humans or their accompanying dogs. Recent sightings of Bobcats have been a pleasant surprise. These beautiful, shy
creatures are a welcome addition to the forest. On the other hand, last winter we had a juvenile bear pass through. Fortunately
by April he had moved on.
For future reference, any sightings of a bear, or overly aggressive coyotes; should contact PRCWA immediately at
The Newburyport animal control officer via the police should also be notified.
Fish & Wildlife has indicated a population explosion in the bear population in the west part of Massachusetts
and many are migrating east to find new territory.
Never run from a bear, just back away slowly as many are as wary of humans as we are of them!
On the other hand, Coyotes are an issue
Please take seriously the large print warnings recently seen on this trail sign.
Unlike the coyotes in the west, eastern coyotes are actually 'Coy Dogs'.
(Canadian Timber Wolves crossed with wild coyotes and are considerably larger than the species in the West)
Many trail users have expressed concern over a forest of 'No Trespassing' signs encountered along the trails. It is a strange and
interesting story. At one time, Norbert Carey, a long-time Newburyport resident owned a land-locked piece of property
surrounded by city property. Local residents including some city councilors regularly walk their dogs through this lovely stretch of forest.
The fateful day came that he wanted to auction his land. It was assumed that since Essex County Greenbelt was monitoring the
conservation easement for the City on the surrounding land, they would bid for it. Then out of the blue, another buyer bought the land
for three times the value.
Then the signs went up. This new owner lives in New Hampshire so if anyone walks the trails, they walk at their own risk and
neither PRCWA nor Newburyport has any control or liability but I doubt anyone will harass you. Now that the City has zoned the
area agricultural /conservation land; it is hoped the landowner will be eventually donating or selling the property to the City.
I MEAN IT THIS TIME!
(No less than Five (5) No Trespassing signs in this one trail entrance!)