Pine Mountain Trail Work Day, Sept 24
On Wednesday, April 27, the FDR Park in Pine Mountain was hit by an F2 tornado. Around 5 miles of the Pine Mountain Trail was heavily impacted by the tornado. The Pine Mountain Trail Association and volunteers have worked tirelessly to clear the trail and reopen it to users. But there is still much work to be done. There is a scheduled work day on Saturday, September 24, and I hope as many of you as possible will join me. From the PMTA website, here is the plan for the day:
September 24th – Even though we have cleared just at 24,500 feet of trail damage in several areas of the trail, we have spent the last two workdays going back and “dressing up” those cleared sections. We still need as many volunteers as possible to come meet us at 8 a.m. on the next workday (September 24th) On the 24th we’ll divide the group into 4-6 person teams to go out and revisit parts of the Beaver Pond Trail, some near Mile 13.5, and Mile 22.5. We have lot of low hanging stuff, roots and logs sticking out in the trail in many places. Several of us will be cutting with chain saws (leading the teams) and we needs lot of help to just move stuff off the trail path we clear, cut small stuff and fill in holes etc. Bring water and water and snacks for the morning. We are stopping work at 11:00 am.
After having witnessed the devastation this past weekend, I can attest that there is still much work to be done. As you know, the Pine Mountain 40 Mile Trail Run is held on this trail system in December. The race has given $3,000.00 over the past three years to the PMTA, but volunteers are still needed to do the dirty work. Please join me on Saturday, September 24. Wear your GUTS shirts and tell them how much you appreciate the PMTA!
We will meet on the 24th at 8:00 am at the FDR park office on Hwy 190. Tools will be provided, but bring water, gloves, work clothes and lunch. And if you’re up for it, bring your running gear and we’ll go for a run! Contact me if you have any questions.
Sarah Tynes, Race Director
Pine Mountain 40 Mile Trail Run