Wow! What a wonderful Volunteer Trail Work Week we had last month in Alabama! It was so good we worked Saturday and the following Monday!
Day 1, Monday, March 14th: Beth McCandless, Dan Bedore, John Calhoun, Kent Cooper, Sonny Eberhart and Rick Guhse’ worked on a re-route of a piece of the Coosa Trail that eliminated two creek crossings (therefore, two future bridges) by building a trail doing side-hill work. Beth, Kent, Sonny and Rick installed hardware cloth on two bridges at another location on the Coosa Trail.
Day 2, Tuesday, March 15th: Edwin Martin, Sonny Eberhart, Kent Cooper and Rick Guhse’ flagged 3 miles of the west end of the new eight mile corridor (Terrapin Hill Section) owned by the Conservation Fund and which will become part of the Pinhoti Trail.
Day 3, Wednesday, March 16th: With brush cutters Edwin Martin and Kent Cooper cleaned out a trail through the ‘briar patch’ on the new eight mile corridor (Terrapin Hill Section) at Hwy 231/21 and CR 56. They then went to the Flagg Mtn. Trail and cut blow-downs. Around 3 PM Sonny Eberhart and I cleaned out the ‘briar patch’ on the Terrapin Hill Section and removed briars from the trail bed and edges of the trail.
Day 4, Thursday, March 17th: Edwin Martin cleared the western half of the Coosa Trail with the leaf blower. John Calhoun, Sonny Eberhart and Rick Guhse’ cleared several sections of the Pinhoti Trail between Porters Gap and Bulls Gap.
Day 5, Friday, March 18th: Edwin Martin, John Calhoun, Sonny Eberhart and Rick Guhse’ cleaned about 3 miles of the Pinhoti Trail between Porters Gap and Bulls Gap.
Day 6, Saturday, March 19th: Sonny Eberhart and Rick Guhse’ installed a new Trail Register about 1/10th of a mile down the trail from the Coosa Trailhead at Hatchet Creek. They also installed a new Trail Register 1/10th of a mile down the trail from the pavilion at the Pinhoti Trailhead on Weogufka Forest Rd. The Trail Registers were built by Rev. Pete McElrath and were so well done that they included a log book with two pens in a plastic bag.
Day 7, Monday, March 21st: First timer, Rob Blanchard (manages the Poplar Springs Church Camp) joined John Calhoun, Sonny Eberhart and Rick Guhse’ for a maintenance hike of the Flagg Mtn. Trail. The trail was in good shape and all we did was tweak it. The Forever Wild crew brought in three 30’ telephone poles and began building a bridge north of the shelter on the Pinhoti Trail.
On March 8th, 9th and 10th Sonny Eberhart and Rick Guhse’ painted blazes on the road walk south and north of Montgomery.
On March 10th Sonny Eberhart and Rick Guhse’ met with the Planning Board Director for the City of Montgomery to search for a safe route to walk through Montgomery. It appeared that it might be safer to route hikers toward East Blvd. on the east side of Montgomery. Doing this would by-pass the historic parts of Montgomery while providing safe passage for hikers.
On March 20th Sonny Eberhart and Rick Guhse’ completed the road blazing north of Montgomery to the Coosa Trail.