The Crew Leader program in Pisgah grew to new heights in 2019. We had multiple courses teaching prospective crew leaders in Pisgah trail sustainability techniques, crew leadership in the field, and safety protocol. Many veteran crew leaders attended the courses in order to keep up-to-date on District expectations. The intent of the course is not only to train crew leaders, but to also create a standard for volunteer trail work in Pisgah.
I just wanted to write a email expressing my sincere thanks for your recent work on the Cantrell Creek Trail in Pisgah National Forest. On Tuesday, November 5th, my son and I rode the trail (downhill) from Squirrel Gap as part of a larger loop from the Turkey Pen Parking lot.
Mid-October saw the finale of the Cantrell Creek project, a multi-part endeavor with multiple organizations helping to make it a reality. The main objective was to relocate the upper 0.75 miles of Cantrell Creek Trail up the slope and away from the creek channel. Ed Sutton with Trail Dynamics designed the layout for the new trail, moving the trail upslope, yet still connecting Squirrel Gap and South Mills River Trails.
Many major projects are underway and much is being accomplished in the Pisgah this summer, with the help of TPC and hard-working local groups like SORBA, Carolina Mountain Club and the Backcountry Horsemen. At Pisgah Pride Day, many of you asked, "How can I help? I'd love to volunteer on a regular basis!" Well, mark your calendars, and dust off your work gloves, because this month we will begin hosting TPC Volunteer Workdays in the Pisgah!
Pisgah Pride Day saw over 300 volunteers come into the Forest, contributing over 1,500 volunteer hours, and helping to complete a number of important trail projects. Below is a list of the work volunteers and Forest Service staff completed at the end of last month on our trails in Pisgah. They:
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