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Poitras and Daniels

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        The Poitras family donated this 44-acre parcel to the town in 1986 in memory of their parents.  Access to it is off of Washington St., near the Historical Society, and is marked.  The beginning of the main trail may be swampy and is overgrown with vegetation much of the year, but it is quite accessible.  This is a long, relatively narrow, parcel that leads to the top of a hill with good views in winter.  You should watch out for poison ivy.  Deer have been reported on the site.  The Scouts have developed a passive campsite east of the main trail in the central portion for the parcel.
        This 20-acre parcel was donated by the Daniels' family.  The science department of the high schoool now uses it for the teaching of ecology.  A former cranberry bog exists near the house that was historically used for skating.  There is also a significant vernal pool located here.

Stone Horizontal Divider

Description:
 
Location: On Hollis Street across from High School
 
Difficulty: Medium
 
Elements of trail:
  • wide
  • no poison ivy
  • dirt trail
  • very easy to follow
  • not good for carriages

Activities this trail is good for:

  • walking
  • running
  • hiking

Approximate length: 1.5 miles

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Spotlight: White-tailed Deer

        The white-tailed deer are one of the most numerous wildlife species in the United States today.  The deet live mainly in the woods amongst the trees because they provide the best habitat.  Holliston is a perfect place for the deer to live because there are thousands of acres of woods behind many neighborhoods in this area.  Many people have spotted deer while taking hikes in the woods or just by looking out in their yard.  The white-tailed deer eat woody vegetation such as buck brush and rose as well as grasses, shrub, and plants.
        The white-tailed deer is named for its distinctive feature, the large white tail, which is usually all you can see as it bounds away.  The deer's upper body and sides change with the season, it goes from a reddish-brown in summer to a off-whitish in the winter.  It's belly and tail are completely white and it also has a white area under it's throat.  A fawn looks similar to the adult but it has several hundred white spots on its coat.  About 140  fawns are born for every 100 does in the population.  A buck is the male and it has antlers consisting of about 7 points.  One sure sign that a buck has been in the area is a rub, which is a branch or sapling that has been stripped of its bark by a buck knocking the velvet from its antlers.  So when you're in the woods, don't be surprised if you see a white tail bounding away.

Written by: Meghan Donovan

Trail Map of Poitras and Daniels

Created by: Amy Grunbeck for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project