2016 Year End Review

by Dave Adams on December 31, 2016

The Butler Chapter continued its mission to maintain and improve the NCT in Butler County in 2016. Our volunteers spent many hours clearing and DR mowing the trails in State Game Lands 95. We build a 30ft wooden bridge across a washed out culvert with SGL95 approval. We hosted a Keystone Trail Care Crew for a week in early May which allowed us to improve the trail tread in SGL95 near our trail town of Parker, Pa. and re-blaze all our road walk sections in Butler County. An SCA trail crew worked for a week in the summer improving water bars and repairing eroded trail tread in Moraine State Park. They also repaired the trail and applied tons of limestone gravel to wet, muddy sections of the trail South of Jennings EEC and in Moraine State Park. Thanks to the Glacier Ridge Trail Ultra which donated funds for these improvements. Another milestone was the installation of a new 54 ft. Muddy Creek Bridge which allows a safe crossing of Muddy Creek downstream of the Lake Arthur Dam. The wet, muddy areas of that trail section were also improved by adding limestone gravel. We helped trail affiliate Butler Outdoor Club in hosting the First Day Hike with 120+ hikers who benefited with mild weather while hiking a 6 mile out and back on the NCT in Moraine State Park. We partnered with Washington Trail 1753 at the February Cherry Pie Hike and had 400+ participants throughout the day in a variety of hikes and history re-enactments along the NCT at the Jennings Environmental Education Center. Our monthly hikes were well attended throughout the year many folks were working on their Hike 100 Trail Challenge.

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