Battle River A61 to A60+ Trail Cleared

The nine of us tackled the A61 to A60+ section of the Battle River Trail. The section between A61 to A60 was a piece of work with a lot of downed trees.

The section from A60 to the “site of the old house” was relatively easy by comparison.

At the margins of the forest we found bee balm (Monarda) and shooting stars (Dodecatheon)  and so we were careful to work our way around them. Alas! no pictures…had to keep moving. We will look for these flowers on the hike on July 22.

But sometimes we do have time for pictures. Here are two of our volunteers. Visit our Flickr album for more.

Mix-Cloverlawn gets two new stiles

Mowing an Mud Lake area

Ten volunteers came out to work on the trail in preparation for this Sunday’s hike. The weather was perfect—a reasonable 20 degrees with gentle breezes. And the mosquitoes seem to have disappeared.

It was just the right condition for putting in stiles. One went over a newly-built fence. The other was installed in the field just north of Source of the Blackmud. This is the spot where for years we had been rolling under a fence to get through to the High Spot “B”. We will appreciate this enormously when we climb over with improved grace on Sunday.

The work party split into three groups. Two groups went in opposite directions to mow, clip, and chainsaw. Gary and Brad did the excellent stile work.

Pipestone Creek Trail Maintenance

Nine volunteers came out to clip, mow, repair signs, and clear away fallen trees in preparation for the hike on Sunday.

After organizing our equipment and tools at the bridge, we split into two work parties and headed in opposite directions. One group went west on the south bank of the Pipestone, and while the other went to the north bank and headed east.

With the temperature at 29C or higher, it was a relief to spend a good portion of our time in the forested parts of the trail, especially where the trees are most ancient.

Accompanying the west-directed work party was our plant expert Jerry Shaw. One of the special features of this part of the Pipestone Creek trail is the variety of flora. This Sunday, hikers who wish do a shorter distance and spend more time enjoying the flowers will split off into a separate slower group. For our benefit, Jerry put stakes next to specimens of several uncommon species. Thanks to Jerry, flower lovers on Sunday’s hike are in for a treat.

When we finished our work, we all met in Millet at Ivy’s for coffee, courtesy of the Waskahegan Trail Association.

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