Fwd: Eno River Section MST trail workday Saturday April 12th, 9AM-4PM meetin...

From: Will & D.
Sent on: Monday, April 7, 2014 6:29 AM
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Sent: 4/3/2014 9:41:55 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Eno River Section MST trail workday Saturday April 12th, 9AM-4PM meeting at the bridge over Nancy Rhodes Creek on Rivermont Road, ERSP
Hi All,

Our next trail maintenance workday is scheduled for Saturday April 12th, 9AM-4PM, to work on the Laurel Bluffs Trail and Pump Station Trail. We will be meeting at the bridge on Rivermont Road, where the road crosses Nancy Rhodes Creek.

At our February workday we worked on some stream crossings at West Point on the Eno, including moving some large rocks, and in March we worked with the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps on repairing one of the more eroded/flood prone sections of the Cox Mountain Trail. I heard back from the NCYCC group, and they had a great time and enjoyed the joint workday. Thanks to all of you who came out to one or both of those workdays.

At this April workday we will be doing something a bit different than usual. The park rangers have received a number of complaints, often from hikers who got lost, about the excessive number of social trails connected to the Laurel Bluffs trail. Keith Nealson went out and looked and was shocked at just how many there are, and has asked us to reduce the number of social trails. I went out and looked, and it turns out that in some places where there is one trail coming down from the neighborhood, it splits and reaches the Laurel Bluffs trail at two or three locations.

We do not want to cut off anyone from using the state park, or the Laurel Bluffs Trail, so we will work on covering up, "brushing out", the extra trails so that each trail coming down from the neighborhood will only reach the Laurel Bluffs trail at one location. We will also work on removing trash along these connector trails.

We will also be doing some cleaning of water bars and trimming on the Laurel Bluffs and Pump Station Trails. With the recent heavy rains, many of the water bars have silted up.

For this workday we will provide all of the tools. You will need to wear boots or solid shoes, and wear work clothes you can get dirty. You will need to bring work gloves, though we have some in case you forget. Also, you will need to bring drinking water and lunch. Volunteers under 18 years of age certainly welcome to come work along side their parent(s), but we will need a signed youth release form, attached to this E-mail.

Upcoming work days:

May 3rd – Meeting at Rivermont Road, we will repair a damaged bridge, and work on filling some low spots and holes in the Pump Station to Cabes Lands section of the Laurel Bluffs Trail.

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

July, August - Summer Vacation.

September-December - Fall workdays, dates and projects TBD.

See you on the trail


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