American Tobacco Trail Workday Tomorrow Saturday March 17 9 am Also 1:30-4
billbus at gte.net
Fri Mar 23 13:10:03 EDT 2007
HI Volunteers for the American Tobacco Trail,
This late message is to remind you of our American Tobacco Trail
workday, *tomorrow, Saturday, March 24*, on the American Tobacco Trail
at the Chatham/Wake County line in Chatham County
<http://www.triangletrails.org/DIRECTIONS.HTM> at 9 a.m. *Note: This is
a Change from last weeks' schedule!*
Please join us, tomorrow,* Saturday, March 24* at 9 a.m. at the
Chatham/Wake County line in Chatham County.
From I-40 Exit 276, Southpoint Mall-Fayetteville Road, go south - away
from Durham - toward Jordan Lake.
Go past the mall on your right and 2.4 miles all the way to the end of
Fayetteville Road. Here, Fayetteville Road intersects NC 751 at a light.
Turn left at the light. Go 6.6 miles, passing O'Kelly Chapel Road at .75
miles and New Hope Church Road (see Exxon convenience store on left) at
4.2 miles. At or near 6.6 miles is Lewter Shop Road on the left. See the
sign for Jean's Berry Patch. Turn left onto Lewter Shop Road.
Go approximately 2.5 miles or so. See a place with small auto/truck size
trailers on the right. Immediately beyond his place is the Chatham/Wake
County line. The road changes texture at the county line. About a 1/4
mile beyond the county line, you'll see White Oak Church Road on your
right. Continue beyond to the first left past White Oak Church Road.This
is Farrell Road. If you cross the new construction of the trail
crossing, you've gone too far.
Turn left onto Farrell Road. Go about 1/2 mile. Pass the Turtle Farm
subdivision entrance on your left. The trail will be on your right.
Continue till you see the first brick house on the right ahead. Turn
around and park on the side of the road across from the house, (opposite
or west) side of the road before you get to the house. I'm sure our cars
will be parked there so you'll see them. We'll be working on the trail
just north of there. We don't want to park in or near the
driveway/private drive where we'll be working, so we'll walk a few
hundred feet in.
Our goal is to clean and dig open the drainage ditches and partially
blocked culvert in this area. With the rather warm temperatures
expected, this will be a good day to do it. It will be wet and damp
work. *You probably WILL get messy! *But you'll get a good workout and
have a good time too.
We'll also work at improving the trail surface and drainage in this area
by digging up stumps, enlarging drainage ditches and cutting some trees
and brush in the drainage ditches. Again, messy work, but we'll have
other clearing and cleaning work that is less messy as well.
As always,bring *work gloves*, *full shoes or boots*, *long pants*, and
other clothing appropriate for the weather. Bring *water and a snack* if
you like. With Spring approaching, be prepared for briars because you
will be in the woods. Also be prepared for ticks and poison ivy. For
ticks, we've had success using Permethrin (available at most drugstores
and outdoor retailers) sprayed on cuffs and waistbands on clothing.
**You will need to sign a waiver and participation list.
While you don't have to bring any tools because we do have some tools,
we do have a wish list of tools if you'd like to bring them.
We can use a cutter mattock, or a hoe or flat blade style mattock if you
have one. Round or pointed end shovels are helpful in this area as well.
An axe or two will come in handy as well. But keep in mind that we will
be digging in dirt and mud with rock ballast in the top 4 inches.
Feel free to bring a small hand pruning saw if you like. Loppers are
always needed as well. Also, a wheelbarrow is always handy if you can
haul it to the site.
If you have a pickup truck which you don't mind hauling brush, logs and
trash on the trail, please contact Bill Bussey <mailto:billbus at gte.net>
919 545-9104 so we can make plans. We'll have a tarp for the bed of the
We'll work till about noon or so. A group of us usually go out to lunch
after we are finished. Frank and me welcome all to join us.
*If you can't join us in the morning, *we will be at the same location
that afternoon from *1:30 to 4.* We have a youth group of about 20 or so
joining us for a specially arranged workday. Thanks to the Volunteer
Center of Durham for arranging this. All are welcome either in the
morning or afternoon.
We normally plan on working at least a little if it is anything short of
a widespread hard rain. Feel free to contact or call Bill Bussey
<mailto:billbus at gte.net> 919 545-9104 or Frank Bennett
<mailto:FJB675 at hotmail.com> 919-851-3992 as late as 8 a.m to verify a
go or no go. However, if you aren't comfortable with the forecast, use
your best judgment and join us or not as you prefer.
Last week David, Cissy, Lance, Sean, Steve, Frank and Bill along with
Jill and her daughters, all did a lot of cutting and clearing on the
trail north of New Hope Church Road. We picked up a bit of trash and
junk to be hauled out later. We really got a lot done to get this
section of the trail ready for spring.
If you or your group would like to work days or early evenings other
than Saturdays, please let Bill Bussey <mailto:billbus at gte.net> know.
Please let Curt Devereux <mailto:devereux at gte.net> 919 919 544-3948
Frank Bennett <mailto:FJB675 at hotmail.com> 919-851-3992 or Bill Bussey
<mailto:billbus at gte.net> 919 545-9104 know if you have any questions.
For more information on ATT workdays, please see our Volunteering page
For directions to workday meeting places and ATT Trailheads go to our
directions page at: http://www.triangletrails.org/DIRECTIONS.HTM*
*Future workdays are still being planned. Here is the tentative schedule
for upcoming workdays.
*Upcoming American Tobacco Trail Workdays * *
*Saturday, March 24 *Chatham Workday Chatham/Wake County line. 9 a.m.
See directions above or contact Bill Bussey at 919 545-9104. *Note:
This is a Change from last weeks' schedule!
*Saturday, March 31* Durham Workday Fayetteville Road Parking Area
<http://www.triangletrails.org/DIRECTIONS.HTM> 9 a.m.
*Saturday, April 7 *Durham Workday Fayetteville Road Parking Area
<http://www.triangletrails.org/DIRECTIONS.HTM> 9 a.m.
*Saturday, April 14* Chatham Workday Chatham/Wake County line. 9 a.m.
See directions previous emails or contact Bill Bussey at 919 545-9104.
(The location may change)
*Saturday, April 21 *Earth Day in Wake Harris Lake Park from 10-3, and
in Durham at Central Park. Workday to be determined. TRTC is setting up
booth at Harris Lake Park and perhaps in Durham.
And let me take this opportunity to* Thank You* for all of your help and
support in building, cleaning and clearing the American Tobacco Trail in
2006 and into 2007. Thanks to your hard work, expertise and diligent
efforts, we are making steady progress. Thousands of trail users are
*now safely using* the sections of the trail and facilities you have
helped clear, clean and build. We get so many wonderful comments and
thanks on how well the trail looks when folks use these facilities.
These trail users are often *amazed* to find out that these improvements
were done completely by volunteers. Thank you for the great work and for
volunteering your valuable time to help with this project. Know that it
wouldn't be possible without the great work of each and every one of you.
Thanks for your help and support in building the American Tobacco Trail.
Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
americantobaccotrail at earthlink.net
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