Carving a path through forest and meadow is what trail clearing is all about. This past week a section along the Battle River crews were challenged with more than usual down trees. The picture below shows an ancient tree estimated to be over 100 years old that Brad and Gary cut through.
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.
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.