Friday, 06 August 2010 00:00
Mother Nature is not always kind or helpful. Maintaining the trails and paths at the Nassau County Muttontown Preserve is a constant struggle against: encroachment by vegetation, tree branches, fallen trees and limbs and other natural obstructions. In the absence of regular trail maintenance or clearing by Nassau County, or anyone else, the job has been taken up by the Muttontown Horsemen’s Association working as a preserve steward for the benefit of all visitors and user groups.
The MHA has struggled valiantly for the past two decades, and that job has gotten a bit easier due to the help of Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs, and a grant providing use of a Bobcat ATV.
Recently, a volunteer work party of MHA & Nassau-Suffolk Horsemen’s Association members fired up the Bobcat and went to work on some major problems that recent storms and spring growth had provided. The first beneficiary of the effort, aside from local riders and hikers, was “Mixed Breeds In Need” a new animal rescue organization holding a benefit 5K run in the preserve a few days later.
Thanks go to Kathleen Kleinman, MHA President; Holly Kleinman; Diane Gormley and arborist Mike Hrycak; Bill and Ginny Uhlinger; “Chainsaw” Rusty and some Chestnut Vale Riders who chose anonymity. The volunteers are residents of Syosset, East Norwich and Muttontown. Everything stayed in pretty good condition for three to four weeks. Then Mother Nature returned, as she always does. Then its time to go back in again.
If you use and enjoy the Muttontown Preserve, you have these people to thank. They could do a lot more with your help too. They actually have a whopping good time, and lunch is provided courtesy of a gracious donor. Notices for future trail clearing parties will be posted at The Preserve and on the MHA website www.muttontownhorsemen.com. Contact Ms. Kleinman to volunteer for the next one at 922-2320.