American Tobacco Trail Workday Saturday, June 27 9 a.m.
billbus at gte.net
Wed Jun 24 11:26:07 EDT 2009
Hi Volunteers for the American Tobacco Trail,
This message is to remind you of our American Tobacco Trail workday,*
**Saturday, June 27* at 9 a.m. at the Scott King Road Access 9 a.m. 610
Scott King Road, Durham, NC 27713
Check the link or Google 610 Scott King Road, Durham, NC 27713
*for directions from where you live.
We'll be doing our regular trimming, cutting and clearing of the trail
at and from this access. We'll empty the trash cans here as well.
Last week, Jonathan and Jeremy Tatton, Dilys Bowman and Bill Bussey
picked up trash, and trimmed grass and weeds along the ATT at the
Fayetteville Road Access and the American Tobacco Trail north of there.
The group also emptied the trash can here. Thanks to all for the great
work during this time of very fast grass, weed and briar growth.
At this Saturdays' workday, as always, bring *work gloves, full shoes or
boots, long pants, *and other clothing appropriate for the weather. It
is supposed to be very warm on Saturday, with a small possibility of
rain. Keeping hydrated is important, so bring water and a snack if you
like. Ticks and chiggers are now out in force. Be prepared to inspect
yourself carefully during and after the workday.
Use your own judgment to make the call whether you want to attend the
workday in sketchy or uncomfortable conditions. We generally do not work
in heavy or constant rain.
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 can use the following if you choose to bring them.
We can really use at least one push mower to mow at the Access. *
We can use any number of string trimmers. You use your own trimmer.
We'll supply the mix gasoline.
Bring loppers if you have them.
We can use a few trash bags because of the trash can at this parking
area. We sort recyclables and take them to the appropriate centers.
Don't forget to mark your tools so that you can readily identify them!
We can always use a pickup truck which you don't mind hauling materials
and tools. Please contact Bill Bussey <mailto:billbus at gte.net>
919 545-9104 or Frank Bennett <mailto:FJB675 at hotmail.com> 919-851-3992
so we can make plans.
We'll work till about noon or 1 p.m.
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 Frank Bennett <mailto:FJB675 at hotmail.com> 919-851-3992 or
Bill Bussey <mailto:billbus at gte.net> 919 545-9104
know anytime if you have any questions.
For more information on ATT workdays, please see our Volunteering page
Remember, you *can always *help the ATT and other trails, greenways and
paths in the Triangle - or anywhere on the planet - by *picking up and
hauling out at least one piece of trash*, or picking up and throwing as
far off the trail, at least one stick, limb or fallen tree, on every
visit or use. If everyone who used our greenways, trails or paths picked
up and removed at least one piece of trash, stick or limb, we'd have the
cleanest trails around!
Future workdays are still being planned. Here is the tentative schedule
for upcoming workdays. *Note that these can change if there is an area
on the trail that needs immediate attention.*
*Upcoming American Tobacco Trail Workdays *
*Saturday, June 27 *Durham Workday Scott King Road Access 9 a.m. 610
Scott King Road, Durham, NC 27713
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 3, 4, & 5* Festival For the Eno
<http://www.enoriver.org/Festival/index.html> Information Booth with
Durham Open Space and Trails Commission and Durham Bicycle-Pedestrian
Advisory Committee. Come join us!
*Monday, July 6* TRTC Monthly Meeting Woodcroft Professional Center at
intersection of Fayetteville Road and Woodcroft Parkway in southern
Durham 7:30 p.m. All are Welcome!
*Saturday, July 11 *Durham Workday Fayetteville Road Access 9 a.m. 7682
Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC 27713
*Saturday, July 18 *Durham Workday Scott King Road Access 9 a.m. 610
Scott King Road, Durham, NC 27713
*Saturday, July 25* 9 a.m. To be Determined.
*Construction now in Progress on Chatham ATT Bridges and Trail
Construction of the Chatham County section of the ATT about 2/3
complete! Holmes Contracting is finishing up work on the first section
of trail between the Chatham/Wake County line to the south, and New Hope
Church Road to the north. All of the ATT in Chatham County is now CLOSED
because it is a construction zone. *Please stay out of this area while
construction is going on. If you see construction equipment moving, then
turn around. *Please read and heed all signs and instructions related to
construction in this area.
The Town of Cary has asked us to tell all that the *ATT in Chatham
County should be considered closed until *the entire 4.6 mile section is
opened at the end of *August 2009*.
Span Builders, LLC, which is the subcontractor for the Chatham County
bridges, are well underway on* *construction on both the *Panther Creek
and Northeast Creek trestles*. They are accessing this via Pittard Sears
Road. However, as mentioned above, *trail construction is now happening
between O'Kelly Chapel Road to the north and New Hope Church Road in the
south. Please stay off the trail in this area. *
For more information be sure to check out our TRTC/ATT News Link
*Do You Live Near the ATT in Chatham County?
*Do you plan on using the ATT in Chatham County on a regular basis once
it is completed? If so, the trail needs your help to be the "eyes and
ears" for safety and maintenance concerns, as well as to help keep the
trail clean. This should be fun and easy to do. It should be just an
extension of what you normally do on your walk or ride on the trail.
For more details, contact Bill Bussey <mailto:billbus at gte.net> 919 545-9104.
On another note, *TRTC Volunteers *have been* cutting and trimming grass
on the ATT between Massey Chapel Road to the north and the Chatham
County line to the south.* Please be sure to thank them when you see
them for their hard work. *Your donations make this regular maintenance
TRTC Volunteers have also been doing some drainage and grass trimming
work at our Fayetteville Road Access. This will improve conditions for
users on this important access to the ATT south of I-40. *Again, your
donations make these improvements possible.
*Here is an easy way to help TRTC support the American Tobacco Trail
*while using your computer. Go to http://www.goodsearch.com/ . At the
"Who do you Goodsearch for?" button in the middle of the page, enter
TRTC, or Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Save it as instructed.
Or Better Yet, make it Your Homepage in your browser!* See your
browser's instructions on how to make this page your homepage.
Instead of using Google or Yahoo as your search engine, use
http://www.goodsearch.com/ . TRTC will get about a penny a search in
most situations. You can read all about it at the website. Check it
out!* It works very well!* It is now my search engine of choice! Please
let me know if you have any questions. comments or concerns.
*Please Remember the ATT in your Gifts
Thank you for your support of the Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy!
We are grateful to our loyal volunteers whose help is essential for
regular trail maintenance and special projects. Our special
accomplishments in 2008 include a partnership with the Godiva Track Club
to install a connector trail to Solite Park, as well as completion of
construction of the parking trailhead on Fayetteville Road in Durham.
Our work will continue in 2009 and beyond, and donations
<http://www.triangletrails.org/MEMBERS.HTM> of any amount are gladly
accepted and needed. TRTC will continue to apply for trails-related
grants but funds from memberships and donations remain an important
mechanism for acquiring tools and supplies used in our year-round
efforts to maintain the ATT and other local trails. We need donations
and memberships to pay for our trail workday insurance as well as to
assist in matching grant funding. Thank you for your continued support,
and happy holidays!
You Lookin' for Maps?!
*You can print out our latest ATT map *right now* at
http://www.triangletrails.org/ATT.HTM . Click on both links under the
thumbnail for both sides of the map. Thanks to Wayne Horton for this map
which is arguably one of the most popular trail maps in the triangle.
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 2008 amd 2009. 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 embarqmail.com
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