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2014 annual trail work day a big success

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Each autumn, the Blue Hills Trail Association Inc coordinates a single work day to prepare the Blue Hills Trail for fall hunting, and especially the coming winter cross country ski season.  After last winter's heavy snows, the past six months have been unusually wet, and after a couple days of more rain, this morning the work day crew was greeted by 1" of wet snow on the leaf tops.  Thanks to a dry spell in July and August, the trails are nicely mowed and provide nice hiking even though very wet. Despite chilly temps near 40 degrees F, one of our best ever work day turnouts showed sixteen hardy souls ready to go at 9 a.m. After a brief planning session in the heated warming house, we split up into seven different groups and spent ~3 hours on trail work each (that's about 48 hours of total labor if you're counting). Today's accomplishments:

  • Cleared the entire WestSide of downed trees and encroaching limbs
  • Cleared 90% of the EastSide core loop of downed trees and encroaching limbs
  • Identified some additional downed trees in need of chainsaw work
  • Cleared the snowshoe trail of encroaching limbs, & identified downed trees that need chainsaw work
  • Put a new roof (metal) on the men's pit toilet
  • Washed the warming house windows
  • Cleaned the cobwebs from the warming house furnace & turned it on for the day; it's set to go when the winter ski season arrives.

Many thanks to today's volunteers: Sam Behrends, Mike Cragg, Roger Gray, Lori Gray, Janelle Gruetzmacher, Tyler Gruetzmacher, John Kann, Jenna Lisowe, Frank Lowry, Dave Olsen, Jan Paulsen, Tom Paulsen, Steve Poethke, Steve Porn, Jonathan Stanley, and John Ziemer.

volunteers meet inside the warming house at the Blue Hills Trail
planning the work day
volunteer standing next to Gator while working on the Blue Hills Trail
Gator comes in handy when doing trail work

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2014 annual trail work day a big success

HomeDouble right arrow iconTrail workDouble right arrow icon

Each autumn, the Blue Hills Trail Association Inc coordinates a single work day to prepare the Blue Hills Trail for fall hunting, and especially the coming winter cross country ski season.  After last winter's heavy snows, the past six months have been unusually wet, and after a couple days of more rain, this morning the work day crew was greeted by 1" of wet snow on the leaf tops.  Thanks to a dry spell in July and August, the trails are nicely mowed and provide nice hiking even though very wet. Despite chilly temps near 40 degrees F, one of our best ever work day turnouts showed sixteen hardy souls ready to go at 9 a.m. After a brief planning session in the heated warming house, we split up into seven different groups and spent ~3 hours on trail work each (that's about 48 hours of total labor if you're counting). Today's accomplishments:

  • Cleared the entire WestSide of downed trees and encroaching limbs
  • Cleared 90% of the EastSide core loop of downed trees and encroaching limbs
  • Identified some additional downed trees in need of chainsaw work
  • Cleared the snowshoe trail of encroaching limbs, & identified downed trees that need chainsaw work
  • Put a new roof (metal) on the men's pit toilet
  • Washed the warming house windows
  • Cleaned the cobwebs from the warming house furnace & turned it on for the day; it's set to go when the winter ski season arrives.

Many thanks to today's volunteers: Sam Behrends, Mike Cragg, Roger Gray, Lori Gray, Janelle Gruetzmacher, Tyler Gruetzmacher, John Kann, Jenna Lisowe, Frank Lowry, Dave Olsen, Jan Paulsen, Tom Paulsen, Steve Poethke, Steve Porn, Jonathan Stanley, and John Ziemer.

volunteers meet inside the warming house at the Blue Hills Trail
planning the work day
volunteer standing next to Gator while working on the Blue Hills Trail
Gator comes in handy when doing trail work
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