This is the annual trail maintenance week of the Whipple and Road Fork Sections – Buckeye/ North Country Trail in the Marietta Unit of the Wayne National Forest. It will include chainsawing of downed trees, mowing, weed whacking, pruning, and possible freshening of blazes (painted navigational markers) for a little over 30 miles in the heat of July. We will leave for trail maintenance at 8:00am and quit at 3:00pm daily.
RSVP for the event itself is requested at https://www.meetup.com/BuckeyeTrailFriends/events/240768281/. This is on Meetup and if you do not have an account yet, they’re is free to you to sign – up and use.
Camping: Camping will be at the Little Muskingum Watershed Association building, located at SR26 and Thomas Ridge Rd (T 88) Hot showers and flush toilets are available in the building. Donations to the LMWA for use of the facilities are appreciated. Camping GPS coordinates 39.54184, -81.22484.
Meals: This is a chuck wagon event. Meals will be provided free (donations accepted) for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 2, 2017. Please note: if you are arriving Friday, the Friday night meal is NOT included – please bring your own.
Maintainers do not need to attend this event every day, or stay for an entire one. But it is recommended that they arrive at the Little Muskingum Watershed Association building at 7am. Once we disperse, we can be hard to find. And they don’t need to camp if they wish to commute. Finally, the “chuck wagon” a towed 3,000lb trailer with food storage and cooking facilities. If you wish to attend the event, but the chuck wagon runs out of reservations, you can always pack your own food. And New Matamoras is 10 miles away with two restaurants.
Tools: Volunteers should a bring a water container, gloves, a set of pruners, sunglasses or clear lenses. Then a folding saw, mattock ax and a gasoline, or gas and oil mix weed eater if they have one.