PHOTOS: Tending the trails — Darien Land Trust hosts annual preserve trail clean up

Jack Saucedo, 13, of Darien, does his part to help.

All photos Jarret Liotta

Nurture met nature Saturday morning when a couple dozen focused volunteers gave their time to rejuvenate trails at Selleck’s and Dunlap Woods, an annual Earth Day tradition.

“We call it Trail Fix,” said Chris Filmer, president of Friends of Selleck’s Woods, which shares responsibility for the trails with the Darien Land Trust. “It’s when we take a look at our trails and prepare them for the season.”

Helping out are Lauren Collins of Darien and her girls Caroline, 8, and Greta, 6, at the “Trail Fix” clean up at Selleck’s and Dunlap Woods on Saturday morning.

Mountains of donated woodchips were toted to and fro by wheelbarrows and spread across the trails, with people pulling rakes in all directions to get the spread smooth for the bevvy of hikers expected throughout the season.

“We’re really excited to be here and partner with Selleck’s Woods,” said Beth Harmon, executive director of the Land Trust.

“This is a great turnout of two very, very involved hands-on groups in our town,” she said.

“It’s a very neglected part of town,” explained Filmer, who began working with the group 20 years ago, “and some of us saw it as a diamond in the rough.”

Christiaan Brekman of Darien handles some raking at the Selleck’s and Dunlap Woods
Charlie Goodyear of New Canaan totes a barrow-ful of woodchips Saturday morning at the “Trail Fix” clean up at Selleck’s and Dunlap Woods.