Eagle Scout Project Enriches Local Nature Preserve

Somers Town Supervisor Rick Morrissey and Eagle Scout Matthew Buck Credits: Rich Kirby

SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers’ wildest wilderness is a little bit more navigable now, thanks to the effort of Somers resident Matthew Buck.

For his Eagle Scout project, Buck, 18, created a trail guide that details 11 points of interest within the Angle Fly Preserve. The guide, available online and in real life as a series of posts and signage, breaks down the botany, entomology and other bits of natural history to be found along the preserve’s “yellow” trail.

Angle Fly Preserve is a 654-acre nature sanctuary in Somers. It is maintained by the Somers Land Trust, a non-profit organization.

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“It has always been a special place to me,” Buck said. “It’s a special place for the whole town. It’s great that it is all volunteers, so I wanted to do everything I can to help out, to get more people into the preserve.”

Buck was feted at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor celebration by his family and Troop 173 of Yorktown at Angle Brook Golf Club in Lincolndale on Saturday, Nov. 4. The project required about 140 hours of hands-on work by the Scout and took seven months overall from the planning stages through execution.

Somers Town Supervisor Rick Morrissey attended the Court of Honor and presented Matthew with a proclamation designating Nov. 6 “Matthew F. Buck Day.”

Buck is in his senior year at Iona Prep in New Rochelle. He has been active in Scouting since first grade. His first choice for college is Bentley in Massachusetts, with Ithaca College and the University of New Hampshire runner-up choices. He plans to study business.

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