The Last Green Valley, Inc. is pleased to announce the US Army Corps of Engineers as the 2019 Team Walktober. TLGV designates one person, or team of people, to represent the best of Walktober. The U.S. Army Corps team of Michelle Cucchi, Nicole Giles, Cathy St. Andre and Glenna Vitello exemplify the volunteer spirit that has made Walktober a success for the last 29 years.\
Brought to you by The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV), the 29th year of Walktober runs from Sept. 21 to Nov. 3 and offers an array of adventures, with more than 200 unique experiences and more than 300 opportunities to enjoy autumn in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. The Walktober brochure is free and details the guided walks, hikes, bike rides, paddles, tastes and events featured during Walktober.
The US Army Corps has been a part of Walktober since 1992, when it was Walking Weekend, and they offered a tour of West Thompson Dam. Since then, they have consistently offered walks, talks, tours and paddles not only during Walktober but year-round.
“The Corps of Engineers is honored to have a strong, long-standing partnership with The Last Green Valley,” said Cathy St. Andre, Army Corps Park Ranger. “This collaboration has been serving local communities for 27 years while providing quality outdoor recreation to the public through the presentation of interpretive programs and fostering hands-on environmental stewardship practices across the Heritage Corridor.”
The primary mission of the US Army Corps here in The Last Green Valley is flood damage reduction – they manage six flood control reservoirs in the watershed (East Brimfield, Westville, Hodges Village, Buffumville, West Thompson, Mansfield Hollow). Being the largest federal landowner in the national heritage corridor, their lands provide outstanding recreational opportunities.
The Corps properties provide boat launches, swimming beaches, picnic spots, hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing, hunting, a campground, disc golf courses, and paddling opportunities on two segments of the Quinebaug River National Recreation Water Trail.
“We can always count on the Corps staff as key partners in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor and we’re honored to name the US Army Corps of Engineers as Team Walktober for 2019,” said Lois Bruinooge, executive director of TLGV.
You can enjoy Walktober with the Army Corps Park Rangers on the following walks: No. 38 Westville Past and Present, No. 58 West Thompson Dam Tour, and No. 62 Ramsdell Farm Historic Walk.
The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor – the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C. The Last Green Valley, Inc. is a member-supported non-profit working for you to care for, enjoy and pass on the National Heritage Corridor.