To celebrate Earth Day, the Essex Conservation & Trails Committee will hold the 3rd Annual Spring Clean-Up Day at Indian Brook Park on Sunday, April 22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date April 29). The committee has been holding clean-up days twice a year—spring and fall—and springtime is an ideal time to remove invasive plants. Volunteers who attend the event will continue efforts to eradicate invasive species, such as buckthorn and honeysuckle, from along the trails. Participants are asked to wear work gloves and sturdy shoes and if they have pruning tools, shovels, and/or loppers, bring them along, too. There will be refreshments and informational handouts.

Invasive plants crowd out native plants that provide habitat and food sources for native wildlife. This event has been a wonderful way for whole families, groups, and individuals to spend some time outdoors and learn about invasive plant species that may be encroaching on their own yards.

If you enjoy swimming, hiking, running, walking your dog, fishing, boating, or just lazing away on a hot summer day at Indian Brook, we hope you join in and help the Committee maintain the health of the park and have some fun, too!

For more information on the Spring Clean-Up Day, contact Darren Schibler, town planner, at 878-1343 or

For more information on the Conservation & Trails Committee and what it does, please attend one of the meetings held on the second Tuesday each month at 6:30 p.m. at the town offices at 81 Main St. The meetings are always open to the public and we welcome your ideas and thoughts on conservation issues important to you.