On Sunday, February 28th, 12 members of New Providence Boy Scout Troop 63 worked on the ongoing restoration of the former bridle trail at the Watchung Reservation. The trail, which dates back to the 1700’s was known at one time as the “Road from Westfield to New Providence,” had become badly eroded and overgrown and with current restoration efforts it is presently a hiking trail (the Orange Trail) through the Watchung Reservation.   

The Scouts used bow saws and loppers to remove vegetation from the trail so in the near future truckloads of soil may be brought in to restore the trail to its original use.  Scout project leader Bauer Crooks said, "Restoration of the trail is a very important part of the park, not only for hikers, but also for park maintenance operations and for use as an emergency response route."

For their volunteer efforts, the Scouts earned conservation service hours which they will use for rank advancement or for future merit badges. 

If you’re interested in learning more about Scouting opportunities with New Providence Troop 63 please visit their homepage. If you’re looking to organize your own service project through Union County Parks you can request a list of potential projects by emailing parksinfo@ucnj.org or by calling 908-789-3682.