The Cranberry Bog Preserve Bridge in need of repair.
Updated March 14, 2017
The Eagle Scout determined this project to be beyond the scope of his abilities to achieve. Fundraising would be a challenge and his primary base of support wasn't in the Riverhead/Flanders area, but up the Island. We're now in search of another Scout to take up the challenge. It's not just about building a bridge, but about working with agencies, civics, architects, and the public to restore an invaluable cultural heritage. Public access to this nature preserve is diminished by this broken bridge. Contact Us if you're interested in being out. You don't have to be a Scout, just a supported of the concept.
June 18, 2016
The Quality Parks Master Naturalist Team recruited an Eagle Scout to help out with fund raising and rebuilding the foot bridge. Suffolk County Parks has yet to approve the project. Here's hoping the bridge will again allow public access to the circular trail at Cranberry Bog Preserve.
April 8, 2016
Because we posted these pictures online, one of the Quality Parks Master Naturalist in training who is a Boy Scout leader realized an opportunity to help repair this bridge as an Eagle Scout Project. He put out the word.
Quality Parks was alerted of this park incident. Found in a early spring walk, the bridge was broken. We posted this information on our Incident Reporting System, and most likely contacted Suffolk County Parks.
On a Pine Barrens Discovery Day walk led by John Turner, we visited the Cranberry Bog Preserve and walked to the bridge for a view. It was on this tour that John suggested I should work on Master Naturalist training under Quality Parks. Ray Corwin and John worked closely on many Pine Barrens conservation and stewardship policies and programs. Pine Barrens Discovery Day was modeled after the Pine Barrens Day for the New Jersey Pine Barrens, which Ray and I attended many years ago.