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Eno River Section MST trail workday Saturday March 22nd, 9AM-4PM

From: Will & D.
Sent on: Monday, March 17, 2014 10:48 AM
Hi All,
 Meeting at the Few's Ford area, Eno River State park

Our next trail maintenance workday is scheduled for Saturday March 22nd, 9AM-4PM. We will be working jointly with the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps (NCYCC). The NCYCC did some great work for us last summer, repairing parts of the Cabe Lands trail, working on the stream crossing near the quarry, adding stone steps at several locations along the trail.

On Saturday March 22nd, we will be doing repair work on the river side segment of the Cox Mountain Trail. Current plans are for the Cox Mountain trail to eventually be part of the Mountains to Sea Trail. As those of you familiar with this trail know, there are several segments. There is the old road segment, the steep, eroded hill segment, and the eroded and often muddy river segment. We plan to do repair work on all of these trail segments over the next few years, but on this work day will be working on repairing the very scenic river segment of the trail. This work will involve moving rocks and soil. We will also do some trimming, cleaning of water bars, trash removal as necessary.

We will provide all the tools needed. As usual, you will need to wear work clothes, bring drinking water, lunch, and bring work gloves.

Additional upcoming Winter/Spring Workdays for 2014:

April 12th  - Meeting on Rivermont Road, we will do trail maintenance on the Laurel Bluffs and Pump Station trails. This workday moved from March due to the opportunity to work with the NCYCC crew.

May 3rd – work TBD

June 7th National Trails Day - Trail work at Eno River State Park, meeting at the Few's Ford area

If you can make it to this workday please RSVP to [address removed]

A story from the trail from this past Saturday. After the heavy rain Friday, I took our two dogs and went out to see how the bridge and the log crossing at River Forest Park, that many of you worked on, fared. The bridge that we built last November/December looks great. The flood waters reached almost to the top of the hand rails, but no damage. After checking that out, the three of us went to check out the log across the stream on the West side of River Forest park. As we walked down the somewhat muddy trail and got nearly to the crossing, I could see that the logs were still in place, but a couple inches under water. Just then I heard a sort of high pitched noise, and an animal came charging out of the bushes, about 2-3 feet in front of the dogs, across the trail, and splash into the river. The dogs were stunned as they had not seen a beaver before. I decided we should head back, so I turned around, and right behind me was another beaver. This beaver, however was a pup. About 6-7 inches long, with about a 1 inch beaver tail. The pup was slowly working his (her?) way across the trail. I tightened my grip on the dog leashes, had to wait a minute or so, and once the pup had finally made it across the trail I was able to get the dogs out of there without incident. From some distance away I watched as the pup turned around and headed back into the bushes. Soon after, the adult climbed back out of the river and headed for the bushes as well. I assume they were hanging out in the bushes there as the flood waters had displaced them from their usual den.

See you on the trail


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