Saturday, April 24, 2010

Coopers Rock trailwork under way this weekend

Volunteers to clean along Roadside Trail
This weekend, The Coopers Rock Foundation will host two days of volunteer trailwork at Coopers Rock State Forest, followed by a free workshop on building the stone trail markers known as cairns.
Volunteers will meet at 9am today at the entrance to the front gate parking lot (the day-use parking lot). From 9am -2pm, volunteers will clean out drainage ditches, waterbars and culverts along the Roadside Trail from the front gate to the overlook.
Tools, work gloves and instruction will be provided. Latecomers can pick up gloves and tools, and check a trailcrew locator map at the Roadside Trail kiosk at the trailhead in the parking lot. Volunteers are welcome to work however long they like.
On Sunday, trailwork hours are 1-4pm. Meet at the entrance to the front gate parking lot. Work will continue along the Roadside Trail.
Those who take part in the trail maintenance can earn up to 8 community service hours.
A short, free workshop on "How to Build Cairns - The Ancient Stone Trail Markers" will be from 4-5pm on a section of Roadside Trail close to the main road. Watch for signs. Participants learn the basic principles behind building these stone trail markers and have the opportunity to build a few of their own. Participation does not count toward community service hours.
Info: Adam Polinski, zapple@labs.net or 304-296-4977.

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