Building Things In 2017

by wam_chapter on May 14, 2017

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April 2017 Trail Work Report

by wam_chapter on April 23, 2017

 

Great American Cleanup Crew

Spring weather has predominated the past month and our trail crew and individual maintainers have been out making a positive impact on the condition of the Wampum Chapter’s section of North Country Trail in various ways.  We’ve cleared blown down trees, painted blazes, picked up trash along our trail route, refurbished sections of sidehill, and we’ve worked on the new hiker shelter, all projects to keep the trail in great shape for our hikers.

 

Trips were made to Cemex, Game Lands 285, the River Walk in Darlington, and McConnell’s Mill State Park to clear trees that had fallen across the trail.  At Cemex, below Tony Dytko Rd., options to get out of a muddy couple hundred yards of pathway were explored, including the possibility of putting in a long boardwalk or rerouting the trail up the hillside to get above the water source.  We also repainted the blazes in this area down to River Rd. so that whole mile of trail is now clearly marked.  Paint blazing was also refreshed on the road walk near the intersection of Edwards Rd. and New Galilee Rd. to help hikers navigate their way between the Edwards Farm and the PA Turnpike.

 

The Chapter participated in the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, picking up about fifty bags of trash along our road walks on either side of the Trail Town of Wampum, and some of our volunteers jumped into Tracy Hager’s Middleton Twp. trash cleanup along the road walk in Ohio during the chapter’s backpack trip last weekend.

Trail benching and sidehill work was done on a couple of trail sections below Booth Hill at Game Lands 285 to get those back in good shape for our hikers, and the Student Conservation Association sent a crew of eight students and two adults to work with Joe Hardisky at McConnell’s Mill last weekend, working to rebench sliding trail tread near Hell Run.  We always appreciate the assistance of that organization!  They’ll be returning to the area the weekend of May 6 and 7 to continue working on that project.  Also at McConnell’s Mill, the park is working expanding the parking lot at Hell’s Hollow, and we are waiting to hear from them on their plans for an additional parking area along Heinz Camp Rd. and the need to build a spur trail from there down to the main trail.

In addition to these projects, we were also able to get out for an afternoon of work on the hiker shelter at Wampum Underground, and the finishing touches are being put on new trail signing for the Wampum Junction Train Station.  This project will include replacing the Carsonite posts in town and refreshing the paint blazing on our road walks to the east and west to our next off-road sections.

In regards to painting in general, we are looking for volunteers to head out and repaint the trailhead signs at the Edwards Farm, on River Rd., and both of the signs at Chewton West Pittsburg Rd.  Blue paint blazing needs to be refreshed in the area of the lime kiln at Cemex, at Wampum Underground, and on the road walk between Darlington and New Galilee.

Issues that have been spotted to keep an eye on are new flagging found on the 4 Bee’s property adjacent to Crescent Supply (as well as a vandalized bridge on the River Walk) and new bulldozer work on the strip mine area at Wampum Underground, beside Mines and Meadows.

 

Thanks to all of our volunteers who are working with our group projects and who are heading out individually to work on their trail sections.  With this kind of teamwork the Wampum Chapter’s forty miles of trail range will continue to be an excellent hiking experience!

Dave Brewer

April 17, 2017

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March 2017 Trail Work Report

by wam_chapter on March 26, 2017

A couple of strong wind events in western Pennsylvania, and our desire to complete the new hiking shelter at Wampum Underground set most of our trail work agenda for the last half of February and the first half of March.  Several of our trips out have been to clear trees that have fallen across our sections of the North Country Trail, and in the process, we were able to test out the chapter’s new Stihl hedge trimmer, which worked “as advertised”, doing a nice job of quickly clearing multi floral rose and other weedy growth from along the sides of the trail.  Along the way we’ve also been able to clear some of those pesky stumps and ‘trippers’ that mysteriously appear in the middle of our pathway from time to time.

Our individual maintainers were out on their sections, checking trail conditions, clearing branch litter, and scouting for fallen trees.  Their efforts in working to spot and resolve problem areas along our route are truly appreciated!

Two separate trips were made to the hiker shelter we are building just west of Wampum resulting in the siding all being attached, with only some trim work left to be done.  When we finish off the construction of the shelter itself we’ll be able to work on adding a table, fireplace ring, and water storage to the site.

 

As the weather warms up and the new trail work season goes into full swing, the North Country Trail Association is offering a reminder that volunteer maintainer resources, from videos to blazing guides, to trail maintainer handbooks are available on the North Country National Scenic Trail (Northcountrytrail.org) website for our use.  The National Park Service has also made available to us a safety training course – Trailsafe! –a series of videos that covers the many aspects of working safely on the North Country Trail.  We ask that anyone who wants to get out and work on the trail, whether in a group setting or by maintaining a section of trail individually, work their way through this safety training and receive the certificate and pin.  The Wampum Chapter has a patch available for our adopters who complete this course.  https://www.nps.gov/noco/trail-safe.htm

Sections of trail, particularly in Lawrence county, are still available for adoption by maintainers and the chapter has tools available to use, from Pulaskis and McClouds, to loppers and weed whackers that can be checked out to help in keeping the trail in good hiking shape.  Sister Lyn coordinates the efforts of our individual maintainers and is the contact person in regards to reporting visits to the trail and issues that the volunteer may need help with.  We are also in need of assistance from those handy with a paint brush, with the blue blazing needing to be refreshed along several miles of our trail and road walk, and some of our trailhead signs needing a refresher of brown and yellow paint.  I can provide volunteers with paint and supplies and point them in the right direction.

My thanks to all who’ve been out working over the past month, keeping our section of NCT in good hiking condition.  Looking forward to being out on the trail working during the upcoming spring and summer months!

Dave Brewer

Trail Work Coordinator

March 20th, 2017

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Promoting the NCT in Beaver and Lawrence Counties

by wam_chapter on March 7, 2017

The Wampum Chapter had the opportunity on Saturday evening, March 5th to be present at the First Church of God in Ellwood City for their annual Men’s Venison Dinner. The dinner was held in the Church Hall with vension steaks and meatballs. About 75 men were in attendance. After the dinner we met in the beautiful Church Sanctuary for a talk on the North Country Trail and the activities of the Wampum Chapter, presented by Dennis Garrett. We would like to thank Jeff for the invitation and Pastor Phil for the hospitality and the most generous donation made to the Wampum Chapter.

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Wampum Chapter February 2017 Trail Work Report

February 20, 2017

The weather has been terrific this winter and has permitted us to get outside and knock out projects left and right, from our basic maintenance and clearing walks, to treadway improvement, installing new signing, and working on the hiker shelter at Wampum Underground.    The routine tasks of walking trail and cutting out fallen trees and [...]

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Easier Than Ever To Become A Member Of The Wampum Chapter And Support The NCTA

February 19, 2017

http://northcountrytrail.org/get-involved/become-a-member/

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2017 Outreach Calendar

January 17, 2017

The Wampum Chapter maintains a rigorous outreach program and we try to reach out to as many members of the community as we can to build awareness of the North Country National Scenic Trail in Beaver and Lawrence counties of Pennsylvania.  Please make plans to come out for our planned events during 2017 to ‘talk [...]

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We’d Like To Talk To Your Group

January 7, 2017

“We’d like to talk to you about the North Country Trail!”     The Wampum Chapter has volunteers available to come out to your Scout, civic, or community meeting to give a presentation about the NCT here in Beaver and Lawrence counties of PA. Where is the trail? Where should I park? Best places to [...]

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State of the Trail 2016

December 26, 2016

The Wampum Pennsylvania Chapter maintained a busy schedule of activities in 2016 to build, maintain, and promote the North Country Trail in Beaver and Lawrence counties, reaching out to more members of the community than we ever have before and recruiting and engaging new volunteers along the way. With the assistance of the Student Conservation [...]

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2016 Chapter Honor Award Recipient Dorothy Buquo

December 20, 2016

Congratulations to long-time Wampum Chapter Volunteer Dorothy Buquo on being recognized with the 2016 Chapter Honor Award. We appreciate all that she does for the group and for the North Country Trail. The criteria for the Chapter Honor Award, from the national website is:  An individual or household who demonstrates loyalty, commitment and hard work [...]

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