American Tobacco Trail Workday Saturday November 28 9 a.m.
billbus at gte.net
Thu Nov 26 13:36:13 EST 2009
Happy Thanksgiving Volunteers for the American Tobacco Trail,
This very late message is to remind you of our
American Tobacco Trail workday, *Saturday, November 28* at 9 a.m. at the
Scott King Road ATT Access 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.
Do note, this is a long drive for me. If I'm not there by 9 a.m. please
We'll be doing our regular cleaning and trimming of this on road access,
as well as cleaning and clearing the trail itself of downed limbs and
brush. We'll also try to do some drainage ditch clearing as needed too.
Most of this is hauling and toting kind of work.
This is an excellent workday for students looking to get their
environmental service hours in.
Last week, (please forgive if I get these spellings incorrect or miss
anyone!) Maya Kruse, Melanie Hewes, Ilinda Jayaratue, Pranau Bommineni,
Nikesh Dashi, Jordan Wadsack-Stewart, Patrick Wadsack-Stewart, Matt
Lanahan, Courtney Tsun, Katelyn Levine, Priya Sharma, Fariha Haque,
Yeshi Xie, Davon Sharma, Dilys Bowman, Frank Bennett and Bill Bussey
cleaned and cleared the Fayetteville Road Access and the ATT from Massey
Chapel Road south to several hundred feet south of Fayetteville Road.
The group picked up lots of trash and did some great work in cleaning
and clearing drainage ditches in this area. Thanks to all who went the
extra mile and got a bit dirty in opening up the drainage ditches here.
Trail users are no doubt grateful for your efforts!
*At this Saturdays' workday, as always, you should bring work gloves,
full shoes or boots, long pants, *and other
clothing appropriate for the weather. It is supposed to be seasonable on
Saturday, with a slight possibility of rain. Keeping hydrated is
important, so bring water and a snack if you like.
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 could use shovels and at least one or mattocks for this workday.
We can use some trash bags to pick up trash along the trail. We sort
recyclables and take them to the appropriate centers.
Bring loppers if you have them for cutting back the briars which grow
out onto the trail.
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 and open space 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, November 28* 9 a.m. Durham Workday. 610 Scott King Road,
Durham, NC 27713
This could change.
*Saturday, December 5* 9 a.m. Trash Pickup on Massey Chapel. Meet at
Fayetteville Road Parking Area 7682 Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC 27713
and we'll drive or hike there.
*Monday, December 7* 7:30 p.m. 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. December 12* 9 a.m. Chatham ATT Workday. 610 Scott King Road,
Durham, NC 27713
This could change.
Construction of the Chatham County section of the ATT about 4/5ths
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. The asphalt has been put down between O'Kelly
Chapel and the Durham County line, with screenings to be installed this
week or next.
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 beginning of December.
Yep, I know we've been pushing this date back, but those are the breaks!
The recent wet weather hasn't helped speed the completion of the trail.
So please be patient! Also, we've been informed that the formal "Grand
opening" probably won't be until National Trails Day on June 5, 2010.
However, the ATT in Chatham should be open in early December.
Both bridges over *Panther Creek and Northeast Creek trestles* are
essentially complete. Safety fencing and other final details are now
being installed. However, as mentioned above, *trail construction is now
happening between Scott King Road to the north and O'Kelly Chapel Road
to the south. Please stay off the trail in this area, particularly if
you see working construction equipment.*
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
*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!
Our work continues 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.
Happy Trails and Happy Thanksgiving,
Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
americantobaccotrail at embarqmail.com
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