Pod 3 | Trail Blazing & Trail Maintenance

Last week, on Monday we started trail blazing on the Eagle’s Nest trail with yellow paint. First, we tested out the paint on a scrap birch to see how it would work and it came out great. Later that day, we then hiked on the Eagle’s Nest trail and blazed the trees along the way and cleared the path of any weeds and trees in the way of the path.We were able to get all the way to the flat land before there was the very steep hill on the trail. Towards the middle of hiking that day, Scott had seen a car carcass and we stopped and took a look at it. We believe it is from between ca. 1930-1950. Scott seemed to really want it and will ask the executive director of Smokey House Center, which is in charge of land management for the entire property if he is able to. Maybe, perhaps, going through some old records or photographs might tell more about the car and hopefully get a better idea on how old it is. On some trees, we did have to paint twice and also had to scrape some of the bark off to make a smooth surface to paint. However, we were out there for at least half the day and made good progress in the blazing.

On Monday, of this week, we went to the Herrick House and County Road trail and trail blazed. We were able to trail blaze the whole trail and clear out most weeds and fallen down trees in the way of the hiking path. Now, we just need to walk the trail backwards to mark it coming in from the County Road side onto the Herrick House trail. I come here three days a week and on the last day I was here, Wednesday, Robin and myself worked on a trail maintenance plan for the Beaver Pond trail. On the trail, the wooden boards are rotten, and the walkway on the marsh is sunk down in and falling off the base, you can still walk on it, but it really should be more level and stable. Also, some pieces are missing and broken. This maintenance work would be of benefit to the students that come every year for field studies class to have a better maintained trail. We propose to divide this project into two parts, Part 1 consisting of the trail and Part 2 consisting of the marsh. We figured out the cost of the project and have all materials needed and the cost listed in the project proposal plan which on Wednesday, Robin helped me to write. The total for this project came out to be approx. $275. The project proposal will be proposed to the Executive Director of the Smokey House Center for his final decision.

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