Friends of Goodwin Forest Summer 2016   
Volume 7, Issue 2  
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The Sunday of the 2016 CT Trails Day weekend at the Goodwin State Forest was celebrated by 178 runners and their supporters participating in the 3rd Annual Goodwin Forest Trail Runs! Despite the inclement weather which reduced the day of run registrations, the number of registered runners fell just shy of the number of runner participating in 2015. Runners were treated to either a challenging 30K or 10K course (2016 Goodwin Forest Trail Run), well maintained and signed trails, and a tremendous group of supportive and encouraging volunteers.
More here, including links to photos and video!

My fellow Friends of Goodwin Forest,

Welcome to our Friends of Goodwin Forest summer newsletter! 2016 has been both exciting and challenging so far for Goodwin and those of us who love it. The addition of two new seasonal employees, Naturalist Jasper Sha and Gardener Marisa Bozza was wonderful news.
Our annual Trails Day weekend once again included the 10K and 30K trail runs, guided canoe paddles, guided forest and garden tours and native plant sale. And Jasper has plenty of new and exciting program ideas you’ll be hearing more about in the weeks to come.

More good news arrived with the announcement that the Center house’s 3 chimneys would soon be getting restored and repaired, the first step in our long running battle to get the Goodwin Center house back into proper condition. In today’s budget climate this will continue to be a difficult climb, and we all
appreciate your support as we work with DEEP staff to find solutions.

Finally a quick note of thanks to our outstanding trail and grounds/gardens volunteers, without whom the Goodwin Center and Forest would be nothing close to what it is today. You’ll learn more about this
as you read on. And if you’d like to get more involved, just go to the friends' website.

All the best,
Steve Broderick, President
Friends of Goodwin Forest

The photo is a young forest area 4 years after a white pine timber harvest.


Visitors to Goodwin this winter will notice some unusual activity around the Center – a commercial timber harvest. The white pine forest that surrounds the Center was planted by James Goodwin’s crews shortly after the 1938 hurricane. Goodwin’s intent was to manage this area for timber production, wildlife habitat and water quality protection. This harvest will further those objectives by thinning overcrowded timber sized trees and providing more sunlight for younger trees – diversifying wildlife
habitat in the process. Some 200,000 board feet of timber will be removed.

Watch for announcements of the educational tours we’ll be offering while the harvest is in progress. In the meantime, those interested in the details can view the official DEEP Division of Forestry harvest plan and maps.

The photo above is a young forest area 4 years after a white pine timber harvest.
Annual Greenways Awards and Celebration

The 2016 Event, held in conjunction with National Trails Day, took place on Friday, June 3, in celebration of the trail systems and CT Designated Greenway, our Air Line State Park Trail, at the Goodwin Conservation Center pavilion. Among the
several awards that were presented that day, the Trails Committee was recognized for the extensive trail system at Goodwin.
The Goodwin Conservation Center Entrance
photo by Pete Vertefeuille
FGF Trails Committee Update

After leading the Trails Committee for over five years, I think the time has come for me to step down and make way for new leadership. Much has been accomplished during those years to develop/improve the Goodwin Forest Trail System and make it attractive for public use. The success of that endeavor is evidenced by the substantial increase in forest visitations during that period.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my part of the Trail System upgrade and working with committed staff members of the CFPA and DEEP. But the upgrade would not have happened without the help of committed volunteers, especially: Al Kausch, Steve
Broderick, Bob Schoff, Stan Crawford, Charlie Rose, Glen Newcomb, Geoff Westfall, Dale May, Al Tinti, and Bob Mazzawy. Many other volunteers showed up for a day or even just a few hours to lend a hand. I am forever appreciative of all their contributions of time, use of personal tools and equipment and, most importantly, their hard work and suggestions!

That said, there is still trail work to be accomplished and other projects to tackle to further develop a first class trail system and provide the public with a unique forest educational experience. To that end, I have begun working on a forest trail maintenance
and improvement plan as my final project. During a leadership transition period I will take the lead to develop the plan while Bob Mazzawy will take the lead on other forest related projects and in particular the construction of a new Connector Trail and boardwalk (CFPA) from the Goodwin Center to the Air Line Trail.

The expectation is to complete a first draft of the plan and brief it to a FGF Trails Committee meeting with an open invitation to any and all people interested in the Goodwin Trail System. The draft plan will provide a basis for discussion during this “working” meeting. Additional project suggestions will be encouraged. Hopefully, a list of projects can be approved for near term pursuit. Ultimately we hope to attract/identify volunteers with special interest/skills in leading or participating in the various projects.

Notice of this meeting will be sent soon. Hope to see many of you there.
Francis R. Zumpano
Chair Sitter, FGF Trails Committee
Planting a seed…

What an incredible year we are having at the Center! There is a new energy with Marisa, Jasper, and Beth joining the team. In the gardens we also have some new volunteers thanks to the CFPA/FGF volunteer training held this spring at Goodwin. The Trails day plant sale was a fantastic success. We had the best selection of native plants available to date! WAY TO GO!!! The Richard Haley Arboretum is truly becoming an important resource and destination for the public. In addition to being able to enjoy the beautiful grounds, visitors will learn about the value of native plants, connect to the natural world, and maybe even explore the always exciting Discovery trail.

None of this would be possible if it weren’t for the incredible support and efforts of the Friends of Goodwin Forest and the Goodwin Garden volunteers. So many people have contributed their energy and passion over the past decade, helping to ‘awaken’ the Center as a thriving educational resource. It reminds me a lot of planting seeds.

We spend a good amount time teaching volunteers how observe plants in the gardens, so they can discover the amazing strategies and relationships plants have evolved and developed to ensure successful seed dispersal and germination. As gardeners we try to replicate those conditions when we tend to our gardens and nurture our plants.

Each tiny seed contains a living embryo in a state of dormancy awaiting environmental cues to resume its growth and hopefully complete its life cycle ensuring success of generations. (Check out this article on the oldest seeds to be regenerated!)  This success will also impact the environment that surrounds it; from the insects and birds that depend on it for food or shelter, to the microbes that are part of that important hidden world in the soil. And that is just the tip of the iceberg……..everything is connected. 
Just like what we do here at the Center…connecting people to the natural world. So why is it so important that we continue to volunteer and support the Friends of Goodwin?
To ensure this resource is here for generations to come?
To provide essential and accessible educational programs about our natural world?
To allow visitors to experience and explore their own connections to their environment?
To have fun learning and working together with amazing people?
So I say THANK YOU to everyone that has shared your time, energy, and passion to help ‘awaken’ the
Goodwin Center! Please continue your support to ensure James L. Goodwin’s legacy and the mission of the Friends of Goodwin Forest.

‘The mission of the Friends of Goodwin Forest is to advocate, enhance and support education, recreation and conservation activities of the historic James L. Goodwin Forest and Conservation Education

See you in the gardens
Kimberly Kelly
Goodwin going strong!
After a spring of transitions, the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center is continuing in its strong tradition of supporting education, recreation and conservation within the Goodwin State Forest.
Our new Naturalist, Jasper Sha, took a running start and is continuing Goodwin’s vital educational programs. Since May, Goodwin has offered 32 programs, with a total of 604 attendees. In addition to continuing Goodwin’s most popular programs, Jasper has been finding new ways to spread the Goodwin name to a wider and more diverse audience. 
We are excited to have the opportunity to hire a Seasonal Gardener, Marisa Bozza, to support the maintenance of the Richard Haley Native Plant and Wildlife Gardens. Marisa has been working hard in all kinds of weather, learning quickly alongside our Goodwin Gardeners volunteers, to maintain the ever-expanding gardens.    
We are continuing to make an effort to clean and organize the center, both for safety’s sake and for efficient operations. It has been a challenging and fun process, and we have learned even more about the history of this property through the objects that are found. Dave Archambault, our current Maintainer, has been helping to complete this big project.
The volunteer program at Goodwin is continuing to play a major role in the sustainability of the center. We are in the process of creating organizational systems that will propel the volunteer program into the future, offering more support for our volunteers and more opportunities for new volunteers to join in the fun. Within the past year, we have had 130 volunteers help out at Goodwin. We receive new volunteer applications every week from people who are interested in helping on our trails
gardens, at a special event, or an educational program.
We are grateful for the continued support of DEEP, CFPA and Friends of Goodwin Forest. Most of all, we have gratitude for the foresight of James L. Goodwin, creator of the Goodwin trust. This trust allows Goodwin Conservation Center to be able to retain its seasonal staff members despite any budget cuts within state parks. That good news aside, there is no doubt that Goodwin will be affected by the current DEEP budget cuts in other ways. Now, more than ever, it is vital to have the solid support of our members, donors, and volunteers. Thank you in advance for your continued support!
Beth Rhines
Director, James L. Goodwin Conservation Education Center
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