Shepard’s Farm Family Preserve to host Wolf Moon snowshoe walk


NORWAY – The Western Foothills Land Trust is leading a Wolf Moon snowshoe walk at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Shepard’s Farm Family Preserve.

The Wolf Moon is the name for the full moon in January. The name is popularly attributed to the Native Americans, whose old stories say that people once heard hungry wolf packs howling outside the villages on the January full moon.

The 20-acre Shepard’s Farm Family Preserve is on Crockett Ridge Road and part of the former Shepard’s Dairy Farm. It includes a small woodlot with trails and approximately 15 acres of rolling pastureland, perfect for snowshoeing.

The land was donated to the Trust in December of 2010 by the Bill Detert Family of Norway in recognition and thanks for the many decades the family spent in Norway. Shepard’s Farm Family Preserve is also contiguous with the Trust’s Witt Swamp Preserve, creating a 161-acre protected corridor for wildlife. The property, which sits high on Crockett Ridge, has a long view of Streaked Mountain and hills in the area.

The town helped the Trust complete a new entry and small parking area for the preserve. The sign says dogs are welcome, as are hikers, snowshoers, sledding parties and Nordic skiers. Motorized vehicles are not allowed.

A small kiosk and a plaque recognizing the Deterts’ donation were installed at the parking area, and trails and trail maps were developed to aid walkers. The land is park-like in nature and close to other residences, so on-site hunting is not appropriate. There is also a carry-in/carry-out rule.

Lee Dassler of the Western Foothills Land Trust said participants should bring headlamps in case it’s a cloudy night.

Dassler said anyone who needs to borrow snowshoes should call the Trust at 739-2124.

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