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Join us in building, enhancing and maintaining North Carolina's premier hiking trail, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail!

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail, stretches 1,175 miles from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey's Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks. The trail showcases our state's diverse landscape and culture: mountain vistas, rolling Piedmont farms, picture-postcard colonial towns, weathered tobacco barns, old textile villages, country churches, rushing mountain streams, coastal swamps, hardwood and pine forests, lighthouses, sand dunes and miles of seashore.

In addition to joining us on Meetup, where we post numerous MST workdays, we also hope you'll visit the FMST website ( https://www.mountainstoseatrail.org (http://www.ncmst.org)) to learn more about this wonderful backyard resource and ask that you consider becoming a Friend of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail at:

https://mountainstoseatrail.org//get-involved/become-a-member/

If you'd like to help build and maintain the trail and don't see a workday in your area posted on this Meetup group site, FMST has a workday going on somewhere in the state almost every weekend of the year and on some weekdays too. For more information contact the trail crew leader in your vicinity. You can find a list of crew leaders at:

https://mountainstoseatrail.org/get-involved/trail-workdays/

Come help enhance and give back to hiking in North Carolina by helping build, enhance and maintain the Mountains-to-Sea Trail!

Upcoming events (3)

Half-Day Weed Trimmer and Mower Workday

Food Lion Parking Lot

NOTE: This workday starts early at 8 AM and ends early at 12 PM so we can beat some of the HEAT!

Help cut back Falls Lake Trail summer overgrowth on Saturday, July 17th, 2021.

The MAJOR GOAL of this workday will be to run weed trimmers and DR mowers on sections of the trail known to have excessive overgrowth during the summer months.

Enjoy a complimentary biscuit and coffee before a short safety and organizational briefing after which we will disperse to various work sites.

MEETING LOCATION: Meet at 8 am in the Food Lion parking lot at the intersection of Patterson/Sherron Road and Highway 98. The address is 121 Sherron Rd., Durham, NC 27703. GPS:[masked],[masked]

BAD WEATHER POLICY: If the workday is cancelled due to bad weather a mass email will be sent by 10:00 PM the night before the workday. Please check your email first thing the morning of the workday before leaving for the meeting location

RSVP: Please RSVP to [masked] or[masked] by July 14th for this workday.

If your MST/FLTF weed trimmer needs maintenance please contact Dan Jonsen ASAP! ([masked] FLT Section 11E Task Force Leader, Weed trimmer maintenance/repair)

Teams of 3-4 volunteers will be assembled for these tasks with 2 weed trimmers on each team. You are welcome to bring your own weed trimmer from home, however, anybody using a weed trimmer will need to wear safety glasses, wear long pants, gloves and have hearing protection.

If you are new to trail work please let us know and we will pair you with an experienced volunteer.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE:
Work clothes and solid shoes or hiking boots.
Proper Clothing for the Weather!
Plenty of water
Work gloves, if you have them (If not, we have some)
Safety glasses and hearing protection if you are going to run a weed trimmer

We have the tools that will be needed except for WEED TRIMMERS! Bring your own.

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 and maintaining this trail for years to come. Take plenty of breaks. Make sure to drink plenty of water, even when it's cold outside.

There are holes in the ground to step in, branches to trip over, thorns, wasps, poison ivy (fortunately not too much of that on these segments of trail), ticks, chiggers, 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 views of the lake.

Please RSVP to [masked] or[masked] by July 14th for this workday.

Thanks to:
> Great Outdoor Provision Company for sponsoring our breakfast from Chick-Fli-A at our workdays.
> Starbucks off Falls of Neuse Road and Durant Road for the coffee.
> REI Co-op, whose 2019 stewardship grant of $$40,050 supports FMST volunteer trail crews, adds new miles of footpath, and improves signage helping more people find and follow the MST.

To be added to the official MST email notification list to receive Falls Lake Trails workday announcements and details email [masked].

Celebrate National Public Lands Day - Falls Lake Workday

Food Lion Parking Lot

Come volunteer on the Falls Lake section of the MST on Saturday, September 25, 2021 for the 28th annual NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY!

Help celebrate, support and honor our public lands by volunteering to help maintain and enhance the Falls Lake Trail, a 60+ mile section of the MST.

Enjoy a complimentary biscuit and coffee before a short safety and organizational briefing after which we will disperse to various work sites.

MEETING LOCATION: Meet at 9 am in the Food Lion parking lot at the intersection of Patterson/Sherron Road and Highway 98. The address is 121 Sherron Rd., Durham, NC 27703. GPS:[masked],[masked]

Please RSVP to [masked] or[masked] by Sept. 22nd for this workday.

BAD WEATHER POLICY: If the workday is canceled due to bad weather a mass email will be sent by 10:00 PM the evening before the event. So please check your email first thing the morning of the event before departing for the meetup site.

If you are new to trail work please let us know and we will pair you up with an experienced person.

What you will need to provide:
Work clothes and solid shoes or hiking boots.
Proper Clothing for the Weather!
Plenty of water
Bag Lunch
Work gloves, if you have them (If not, we have some)

We have the tools that will be needed.

WORK SAFELY. This is the most important thing, and our main goal.

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 views of the lake.

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National Public Lands Day is celebrated annually at public lands in the United States on the 4th Saturday of September. A signature event of the National Environmental Education Foundation, it promotes both popular enjoyment and volunteer conservation of public lands. Three federal agencies and 700 volunteers launched the first National Public Lands Day in 1994.

From the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF):
Mark September 25th on your calendar and make plans to head to your favorite outdoor spot as NEEF gets set to celebrate the 28th annual National Public Lands Day, nationally sponsored by Toyota Motor North America. No matter what is happening in the world, on National Public Lands Day, outdoor enthusiasts turn out in droves to give back to and enjoy their favorite outdoor places.

Every day, natural disasters and extreme weather, human activities, and a host of other factors take their toll on our public lands, threatening the
health and well-being of the people and wildlife who depend on them. Public land managers, volunteers, and others who steward these special places work tirelessly to restore these areas, make them more resilient to future threats, and ensure that people and wildlife continue to enjoy them for years to come.

Our natural resources are resilient, but only if we treat them right and give them the care they need. Through volunteer service on
National Public Lands Day as well as grant support to local organizations, NEEF helps ensure people of all ages and abilities connect with public
lands for recreation, hands-on learning, and community-building—now and in the future.

For more information about National Public Lands Day check out the NEEF FAQ site: https://www.neefusa.org/npld/faq
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Thanks to:
> Great Outdoor Provision Company for sponsoring our breakfast from
Chick-Fli-A for our workdays.
> Starbucks off Falls of Neuse Road and Durant Road for the coffee.
> REI Co-op, whose 2019 local stewardship grant of $40,050 supports our volunteer trail crews, adds new miles of footpath, and improves signage helping more people find and follow the MST.

If you want to be added to the official MST email notification list to receive Falls Lake Trails workday announcements and details, email:
[masked].

Falls Lake Trail SUNDAY Workday

Food Lion Parking Lot

NOTE: This workday is on SUNDAY due to deer hunting season.

Falls Lake Workday - SUNDAY – November 14th, 2021 begins at 9 a.m.

Enjoy a complimentary biscuit and coffee before a short safety and organizational briefing after which we will disperse to various work sites.

MEETING LOCATION: Meet at 9 am in the Food Lion parking lot at the intersection of Patterson/Sherron Road and Highway 98. The address is 121 Sherron Rd., Durham, NC 27703. GPS:[masked],[masked]

BAD WEATHER POLICY: If the workday is cancelled due to bad weather a mass email will be sent by 10:00 PM on SATURDAY. So please check your email first thing SUNDAY morning before leaving for the meeting site.

Please RSVP to [masked] or[masked] by Wednesday, November 10th for this work day.

If you are new at trail work, and would like, let us know and we will pair you up with an experienced volunteer.

What you will need to provide:
Work clothes and solid shoes or hiking boots.
Proper Clothing for the Weather!
Plenty of water
Bag Lunch
Work gloves, if you have them (If not, we have some)

We have the tools that will be needed.

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 and lift with your legs not with your back. Know you own limits. This is not a race. We will be working on and maintaining this trail for years to come. Take plenty of breaks. Make sure to drink plenty of water, even when it's cold outside. There are holes in the ground to step in, branches to trip over, thorns, wasps, poison ivy (fortunately not too much of that on this segment of trail), ticks, chiggers, 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 views of the lake.

TYPICAL WORKDAY TASKS:
TRIMMING: Cutting branches and logs across the trail.
TRASH: We have trash bags to pick up trash along the way. We will carry the trash out to one of the ends of the trail section.
RAKING THE TRAIL: It is necessary to rake the trail tread clear of leaves, branches, other debris so that we know where we need to level the trail, fill holes, etc. Please use caution while raking to avoid poking others with the rake handle.
PULLING OUT SMALL SAPLINGS FROM TRAIL TREAD: There will be some small saplings in the trail tread. If these are cut off they tend to grow back from the roots, so we need to either pull them by hand (if they are very small), dig them out with a mattocks, or if they are up to an inch in diameter, pull them out with the weed wrench.
FILLING HOLES: These need to be filled if they are within the 2' wide trail tread, or if they are within several feet of the trail on either side. We have shovels and buckets for this purpose.
LEVELING TRAIL TREAD: Walking across the side of a hill is tiring and increases the likelihood of injury. The finished trail tread should be, in cross section, close to level.

Please RSVP to [masked] or[masked] by Wednesday, November 10th for this work day.

Thanks to:
> Great Outdoor Provision Company for sponsoring our breakfast biscuits for our workdays.
> Starbucks off Falls of Neuse Road and Durant Road for providing the
coffee.
> REI Co-op, whose 2019 local stewardship grant of $40,050 supports
our volunteer trail crews, adds new miles of footpath, and improves
signage helping more people find and follow the MST.

To be added to the official MST email notification list to receive Falls Lake Trails workday announcements and details, email: [masked].

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