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November 2018 Status Update

Squannacook Greenways has been busy in 2018 working on fundraising and the permitting process to allow the construction of the Squannacook River Rail Trail. We have finished our permitting processes with the state of Massachusetts and with the town of Groton, both important milestones.

One reason that Squannacook Greenways has been working so hard on permitting is that our trail can only be constructed between the dates of Nov. 7 and Mar. 15th. This time-of-year restriction is to protect Blanding's Turtles, through whose habitat our rail trail will run.

Unfortunately, we were unable to finish the permitting process in Townsend before the construction window opened, so we decided to wait until the next window opening Nov. 7, 2019. This gives us time to complete the permitting by spring, and to possibly undertake some volunteer work that can be done along the trail before the construction window opens. So stayed tuned for announcements of volunteer work days in 2019!

In addition, this delay will allow us to reopen our very successful buy-a-brick fundraiser until March 2019. To support us and leave your mark on the Squannacook River Rail Trail, you can buy a brick online or by mail. Your $150 donation is fully tax deductable and will pay for 17 feet of the rail trail!

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Capital campaign: over 130K!

Thanks to the generosity of many local business, the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, and many private supporters who bought bricks and made other donations, the Squannacook River Rail Trail Capital Campaign recently passed the $130,000 mark. Look for the granite pillar, granite benches, and kiosks with the engraved bricks to be installed right after trail construction is complete.


Blanding's Turtle


Local businesses supporting at the Granite Pillar level ($1000) or above

The following local companies have supported the Squannacook River Rail Trail at the Granite Pillar level ($1000) or above. We ask you to thank them the next time you patronize their business!

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Sebring Design logo

John Barrett logo

Evans logo

Arrow Septic logo

Nashoba Paddler logo

Workers Credit Union logo

Dunkin Donuts logo

The Catalano Companies - Dunkin' Donuts

North End Subaru logo

Deluxe logo

Rollstone logo

Townsend Center Realty logo

Baileys logo

Baileys logo

For the full list of Granite Pillar donors, see our donation page.
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Who is building the Squannacook River Rail Trail?

In a word, you! The Squannacook River Rail Trail is being built by a local non-profit, Squannacook Greenways, with money from grants and donations only. No town money is being used for construction or maintenance. The trail will be maintained by local volunteers.

Volunteers will maintain this rail trail.

The next Board of Directors meeting of the non-profit Squannacook Greenways will be on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the American Legion in Groton.  Anyone interested in this project is more than welcome to attend.