A local scout is going for the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts and is looking to run a volunteer trail project as part of the process.
Colin Raposo, a Boy Scout with Troop 10 in Lexington, is working to become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the scouts.
As part of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, scouts must do a service project. The project can benefit the scouts or the local community.
For his project, and to show leadership skills, Raposo proposed to the Burlington Board of Selectmen last week that he run a volunteer project to move a trail in the Landlocked Forest. The forest also has an entry in Lexington, Raposo's hometown.
According to Raposo, currrently the well-used trail is located on Mass. Highway Department land, and it is much too close to Route 3. "The trail is unsafe because it is located on a cliff, which falls steeply onto the highway below," he told the board.
Raposo said his plan is to create a new trail, roughly a half-mile in length, that will be 100 to 200 yards to the west on Burlington property. The area in question is the south-east part of the forest.
The trail will be created using environmentally-friendly methods, Raposo said.
"This trail will be built using techniques used to preserve vegetation while building a sustainable trail avoiding wetlands," he said.
Burlington Conservation Administrator John Keeley wrote in a letter to the board that in his view the trail will be a benefit to the forest and recommended they approve.
The Board of Selectmen approved the project unanimously.
Raposo said he will raise all of the funds to cover the costs of the project, including signs and food for volunteers.
He is also looking for volunteers to help with the project. He said the work will be done in the spring and will take 2 to 3 weekends. So far, members of the Friends of the Landlocked Forest and The New England Mountain Biking Association have stated they will help.
If you'd like to volunteer or to learn more, contact Raposo at Cjraposo333@gmail.com.