Fwd: Eno-Falls Lake Workday - May 18, 2013

From: Will & D.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9:41 AM
Jeff Brewer's Message for 18 May FMST/ENO Workday

From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Sent: 4/16/2013 9:15:08 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Eno-Falls Lake Workday - May 18, 2013
Eno-Falls Workday -
May 18, 2013

Joint FMST and

Eno River Association

Trail Construction Work Day

Dear Will and Donna,




Time to build the last segment of the MST trail in Durham County! The FMST and Eno River Association will be building trail to close the last gap, between River Forest Park and Penny's Bend. Once this is complete you will be able to walk on natural surface hiking trail all the way from Pleasant Green Road in Orange County, down the Eno River past the Quarry, the Cabe Lands, the Pump Station, Guess Road, West Point on the Eno all the way to Falls Lake, and then the length of Falls lake. A distance of more than 70 Miles!


This will be a joint Eno River/Falls lake section workday, as it will be working on closing the gap between these two trail segments. Hope to see a lot of you out there who worked on building the Falls Lake trail, the Eno River trail, as well as having some volunteers new to trail construction.


We will be meeting at the Penny's Bend parking area, near the Old Oxford Road Bridge across the Eno River.


We have the tools we will need for this workday, though trail section maintainers - if you have a mattocks, fire rake, clippers you can bring that would be great.


The workday will be canceled in the event of rain or other inclement weather. An Email will be sent out Friday before the workday canceling the event, if necessary. If possible it is great if volunteers can car pool, as parking is limited. Please RSVP to [address removed] to make sure you are on the mailing list so that you will receive any cancellation notices.  The rain date is set for Sunday - May 19, 2013!


The next workday set is National Trails Day - June 1, 2013!


Directions to the meeting place: Penny's Bend Parking Area.

see also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MwhAh80PQ4    


Refreshments including lunch for this workday

provided by REI.

The FMST Eno River group is now working closely with the Eno River Association on trail maintenance at Eno River State Park. Kurt Schlimme is coordinating this trail maintenance work. This collaboration has allowed us to expand the trail maintenance work to the entire park trail network. Kurt is still looking for volunteers to help maintain specific trails on a monthly basis. If you are interested, contact Kurt at [address removed]. For more information on the FMST group, go to www.ncmst.org.


We want to thank REI for sponsoring the food at our workdays. They have been providing coffee and biscuits to get us started in the morning.


It has now been a couple years since we built new trail. However, every bit as important to this project as the building of new trail is the maintenance of the completed sections of the MST trail. I really want to thank all of you who have been coming out to the trail maintenance workdays.

Thanks in large part to your work, the trail from Pleasant Green Road to River Forest Park, and the trail from Penny's Bend to the Falls Lake Dam are in good shape. Once this trail gap is closed, we will once again focus on trail maintenance, and on closing the other trail gaps at Eno River State Park.


Important things for the Saturday May 18th workday:

If the weather looks bad, (heavy rain, thunderstorms) then the workday will be canceled, and we will try for Sunday. I will send out an E-mail the day before if this is the case. Please dress appropriately. For trail work, long pants and a long sleeve shirt are often good, as there is a lot of brush and brambles, particularly along the river. If you choose to wear shorts, be aware that you may get somewhat scratched up.


What you will need.

            Work clothes and solid shoes or hiking boots.

            Plenty of water


            Work gloves, if you have them (If not, we have some)


Insect repellent - the ticks are starting to come out


Work Safely. This is the most important thing, and our main goal.

In particular:

Use tools carefully. If you do not know how to use a particular tool, or what to do in a particular circumstance please ask. Do not work too close together and be careful with rakes, shovels, and mattocks to avoid hitting the person next to you. When walking past another volunteer, please say something so they know you are there.

Do not lift anything heavier than you can comfortably lift.

Know you own limits. This is not a race. We will be working on building and maintaining this trail for years to come. Take plenty of breaks. Make sure to drink plenty of water.

Remember that building trail is not like walking on a finished, well maintained trail. There are holes in the ground to step in, branches to trip over, thorns, wasps, poison ivy, ticks, chiggers, snakes, and other hazards. Please be cautious.

Have a good time. This is a scenic area. There are box turtles, heron, woodpeckers, deer, beaver, and other wildlife in this area as well as scenic overlooks of the river, and historic sites.

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