Thursday, March 10, 2011

Trails Forever Volunteer Workdays

Earlier this week Trails Forever announced their schedule for volunteer workdays for the year.

This year, Trails Forever crews will continue work on the Forney Ridge Trail. In 2009 crews reconstructed about 1.2 miles of trail from the Clingmans Dome parking lot to Andrews Bald. Completing the work on the remainder of the trail will be the primary project for the 2011 Trails Forever Trail Crew. Trails & Facilities Volunteer Coordinator, Christine Hoyer, has set aside a schedule of 72 days this year (between mid-May and mid-October), in which volunteers will be needed to help with this project.

Volunteers will work to complete a variety of trail maintenance and trail rehabilitation work, from cleaning drains, modifying structures, constructing additional drainage features, and adding fill material to structures as needed. There will be a limit of 5 volunteers for each of the Forney Ridge Workdays and you must sign up at least one week in advance to volunteer with the crew!

Hoyer also announced two "Saturday in the Smokies" workdays: Saturday, June 4 (National Trails Day), and Saturday, September 24 (National Public Lands Day). Both trail project locations are to be determined at this point.

For more information, and to sign up, contact Christine Hoyer, Trails & Facilities Volunteer Coordinator at 828-497-1949 or christine_hoyer@nps.gov.

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