I am happy to be taking over the position of TPC Trail Specialist from Davis Wax and working to improve the trail system in the Pisgah Ranger District. Special thanks to Davis for all the hard work and many tangible accomplishments he has provided during his time with the Pisgah Conservancy, as well as his guidance as I have settled into the position. I also want to welcome Josh Reynolds, TPC’s new Trails and Recreation Technician, who is working in partnership with the United States Forest Service (USFS) as a field operative out there getting trail work done, as well as working closely with our volunteer trail crews. Previously working with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS), Josh brings a lot of trail and volunteer work experience, which will be a great boon to our program here in the Pisgah.
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!
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