Our chapter volunteers stayed busy over the past month tackling a variety of maintenance and improvement projects along our trail sections in both Beaver and Lawrence counties. We’ve done some digging, bridge and culvert work, and have also utilized our new chapter chainsaw to keep the trail in good hiking-condition.
At Cemex near Fletcher Hill Road the crew rebenched sidehill in order to enable the DR mower to better navigate the section heading towards Snake Run, and also installed anti-skid strips on the bridge to the east of that trailhead. Seismic testing activity all over the Cemex property has us in the mode of “what next?”, but so far, no major disruptions to our trail route or the hiking experience that we can see. The hiker-journal box newly installed along the trail, in the woods, about 120 yards from the Snake Run Road west trailhead was checked an all is in order with that.
At Gamelands 285 we employed the chapter’s new Stihl chainsaw to take out blown down trees east and west of Watt’s Mill Rd. The new saw is lighter than the one we had been using and is a joy to carry through the woods to the worksites. Also in that area, we rebenched fifty-five yards of sidehill east of Painter’s Run making a huge improvement to the treadway there. Volunteer Eric Watson has been working on a solo project to improve our trail just east of Booth Hill, leveling it out and making it a more comfortable walk. And lastly at GL285, we installed a culvert pipe near the old trailhead along Watt’s Mill Road, resolving a perennial wet and narrow spot that had been a challenge to navigate with the DR mower.
At Watt’s Mill itself, we installed anti-skid strips on the bog bridge along the shelter spur trail, repaired the gunshot wound to the Carsonite post that indicates the shelter area, and visited the shelter a couple of times - once to prep for the Pumpkin Pie hike and once to get the fire pit cleaned up and check on the general condition of the area.
Lastly, we walked our proposed new section of trail between Hodgson Rd. and Route 168 across the Crawford, McGaffick, and First Energy Properties with Mr. McGaffick’s daughter to get her input and approval for the route.
All in all a well-rounded month of trail work! Wanted to appreciate these volunteers for coming out: Eric Watson, Lee Fairbanks, Jim Rarick, Dennis Garrett, Eleanor Fairbanks, Sabrina Royea, John Rarick, David Wright, Patty Brunner, Jake Erhardt, and Doug Turner, and everyone else for their support of the effort.