Pisgah Pride Day Was A HUGE Success!
For Pisgah Pride Day 2018 we had 300 volunteers working on 19 projects across the Pisgah Ranger District. What really stood out for me this year was the level of cooporation between so many diverse groups and involvement from such a diverse age group of people!
Some Accomplishments from PPD 2018:
· Installed a new sign at the Ranger Station,
· Cleared brush from 27 miles of trails,
· Removed over 30 fallen trees from trails
· Repaired existing rockwork, built new rock steps, and installed rock armoring on ¾ mile of trails,
· Hauled 35 heavy timbers (6”x6”x8’) up John Rock trail and built 5 puncheon bridges,
· Cleaned up 3 miles of roadside trash,
· Removed and treated 25,000 square feet of non-native invasive plant species,
· Planted 230 native plants,
· Re-potted 150 native seedlings for later planting in a pollinator garden,
· Cleared culverts and ditches on 4 miles of Forest Service roads, and
· Cleaned up 4 miles of the Davidson River.
We employed a new technique for clearing trails deep in the backcountry. Our friends in the Backcountry Horsemen of Pisgah rode in on Friday and deposited tools near Cantrell Creek Lodge. Then, Saturday morning a team of mountain bikers rode in, picked up the tools, and worked on the trails. On Sunday the horsemen (and women) rode in and retrieved the tools.
In addition to the Backcountry Horsemen, the following groups were closely involved in this work day: Carolina Mountain Club, Pisgah Area SORBA, Trout Unlimited, Mountain True, Conserving Carolina, Fish & Wildlife Conservation Council, Southern Highlands Reserve, and the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards. We were generously supported by a number of corporate sponsors, including REI, Sycamore Cycles, Oskar Blues, Romantic Asheville, Diamond Brand, MustAsheville Bikes, Highland Brewery, Industry 9, Cane Creek, Cliff Bar, and more.
This work day attracted a wide variety of volunteers, from young to old, from various ethnicities, and from across the region. We had volunteers from upstate South Carolina, from Charlotte, and notably, one Boy Scout troop from Charleston, S.C.
Again, HUGE thanks to so many volunteers that made PPD 2018 such an astounding success for our beloved Pisgah!