Trail Building at All Western Tree Farm – Sunday July 20 – 4:00PM

Join us on Sunday to build a new trail from the Tree Farm to Liberty Pole Road.  We will use this new trail in September for a hike led by Katherine and Carol exploring possible routes for the Springwater Trail on the west side of town.

This is a proposed route for the Springwater Trail as envisioned in 2012.  We will be working at the top of the "elephant's trunk".  The final route is subject to change based on landowner interest and physical obstructions.

This is a proposed route for the Springwater Trail as envisioned in 2012. We will be working at the top of the “elephant’s trunk”. The final route is subject to change based on landowner interest and physical obstructions.

Much of the trail is an old farm road used to access the upper part of the farm which has been little used in recent years as additional houses have been built along Liberty Pole Road.  We will do some easy cleanup on the old road including some mowing and weed-wacking.  However, the last 200 yards to the road appears to have never been used as a trail and we will be creating a trail through brush and small trees.  Rick Henchen, our Trail Master, has marked a trail which we will try to follow.

Bring clippers and gloves.  Long pants will be appreciated when you need to get through the brambles.  A weedwacker or power scythe will help clear at ground level.  Big lopper clippers will handle all of the trees we need to tackle. Our goal is to create a trail 18 inches wide at ground level and about 24 inches wide at shoulder height so that walking is easy, but motorized vehicles do not try to use the trail.

We will meet at the farmhouse at 4:00 and split into two groups.  A group of five or six will carpool in a single van up Liberty Pole to the entrance to the trail.  This group will carve out a trail through the brush.  The rest of the group will walk up from the farmhouse to the old road and will clean up the trail with clippers and mowers.  When the two groups meet, we will have a chance to inspect the other groups work before returning to the farmhouse for a cookout.  Please bring your tools, work gloves and beverages and the club will provide the food for the social.

Meet at the All Western Evergreen Nursery and Christmas Tree Farm at 6840 Liberty Pole Rd (42.65101,-77.63767). 

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