2014 was another great year! The FWT Board acknowledges with sincere appreciation the numerous volunteer contributions to the stewardship of our open space lands and trails, the generous donations, and our supportive partnerships and members.
Trail Maintenance crew, Habitat Preservation team, Trail Stewards, Eagle Scout Candidates (Troops 108, 110, 260, 262, and 363), Community Service projects (Leo J. Roth Corporation, Den 4 Pack 107, Den 4 Pack 163, Webster Cyclones, Thomas High School Varsity Boys Soccer Team, and Schroeder Varsity Boys Hockey and Football Teams), and other ad hoc volunteers – trail mowing, chainsaw work, fence maintenance, leaf blowing, signage, weed whacking, etc. – contributed nearly 2900 volunteer hours this year! That number doesn’t reflect countless hours that the Board Members have contributed, partnerships’ support, and membership’s help with communications, events, hikes, maps, project mentoring, printing, public relations, web support, etc.
“Many Thanks!” to all our FWT Members. The 2014 membership dues and donations supported projects this year like a new split-rail fence, a new bench/table, four new boardwalks, a major bridge and trail signage. Countless hours of mowing were donated by Matt Frank, Ron Happ, and Larry Yost. John Boettcher, and Ron Happ, Linda Schamberger maintained blue bird boxes in the Whiting Road Nature Preserve and the Gosnell Big Field. The list could go on and on….
Lowe’s extended generous lumber and hardware discounts for all of the building projects this year.
For the Love of Webster Concert donated benefits from the 2014 concert, a major source of funding this year.
Weekend Printer discounted printed materials throughout the year.
McAllister’s Sign donated signs and discounted printing throughout the year.
Taylor Rental donated the use of a power auger for numerous split-rail fence and boardwalk projects.
Wegmans (Holt Road), Hegedorns, and The Country Store (Lake Road) generously donated refreshments for several building projects.
FWT is very fortunate to have a strong partnership with Webster’s Parks and Recreation Department. Their continued support of FWT initiatives and their mowing of Open Space fields is truly appreciated. Wegmans and Parks and Recreation continued to support the Passport program.
The Highway Department under the leadership of Joe Herbst has been helpful this year placing boulders at several locations and mowing the Hojack Trail.
Webster Herald, Webster Post, and Missy Rosenberry (Democrat and Chronicle Webster Blog) provided wonderful press throughout the year!
We have great trails because we have great volunteers!