August 2016 Trail Work Report

by wam_chapter on August 23, 2016


Natural bridge along the NCT at McConnell’s Mill

This month’s shout out and kudos goes to our Wampum Chapter Volunteer Trail Maintainers.  As we’ve added more miles of off-road North Country Trail segments over the past several years the need has become acute to have people willing to get out and work with a weed whacker or weed whip, loppers, pruners, and have a good eye for what our trail segments should be like for the enjoyment of our hikers.  Some of these folks have dedicated themselves to taking care of a specific mile or two of trail within our range, getting out every couple of weeks or once a month and keeping the pathway hikeable.  We have some other folks who are great free- lancers, out and about Lawrence and Beaver counties and seeing opportunities to help out with a special project that needs done, or keeping an eye on the general condition of the hiker shelter at Watt’s Mill.  And, we have a small crew that likes to do the painting that needs taken care of along the way, maintaining the blue blazes and the trailhead signs.  Also, we have a couple of Wampum Chapter members who do their individual trail maintaining across the state line in Ohio.  Once you add in our weekly group trail work sessions, all of this work that’s being done by these individuals adds up to the excellent result of having the Wampum Chapter’s range of trail in great shape, and it’s appreciated. 


First, thank you to Sister Lyn for coordinating our individual Trail Maintainers’ program, handling the communication with them and following up as to what has been done and what yet needs to be taken care of.  Then, appreciating these people who’ve either adopted a section of trail or who’ve tackled some of the above listed issues:  Sher and Rick Eiler (who have a second DR mower running in Beaver County now!), Stephanie Parrott, Jane Emminger, Polly Brown, Doug Lawrence, Kathy Rea, Mike Troy, Sister Lyn, Tracy Hager and Family, Joe Hardisky, Corinne Thieleman, Deb Charleson, Cody Magill, The Edwards Family, Raina Hrenko, Rick Ostheimer, Mark Corless, Bill Majernik, Tina Hs, John Rarick, George Kredel, and Teresa McMillon. 

We have on our Wampum Chapter website some information about trail maintaining for NCT volunteers here  We do have some of our sections of North Country Trail, particularly in Lawrence county, that could use some extra attention.  If you’d like to get involved please let us know.


Thanks again to our individual Maintainers and all who’ve come out over the past month on our group trail work sessions. 

Dave Brewer

Trail Coordinator


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Volunteerism Rewarded

by wam_chapter on July 23, 2016

Sher Eiler presents a $500 donation from Eaton Corporation to Wampum Chapter President Dennis Garrett.

Wampum Chapter member Sher Eiler is one of those “under the radar” type trail volunteers – out maintaining and scouting the North Country Trail sections near her house, coming out for trail building sessions, hosting thru hikers as they travel through the area, and always talking to people that she knows and meets about the trail – but never bragging or claiming the credit, just helping in all aspects of moving this NCT project forward.

Sher’s volunteering spirit and support of the trail has led her employer to recognize the time and effort that she’s contributed to this National Scenic Trail that she loves.  The Eaton Corporation recently awarded the Wampum Chapter of the NCTA a $500 donation on behalf of Sher to recognize her long-time service and support.

Thank you Sher for all you do for the North Country National Scenic Trail!

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July 2016 Trail Work Report

by wam_chapter on July 23, 2016

Basic trail maintenance was our program over the past thirty days, working to keep our North Country Trail sections open for the hikers.  We succeeded in many cases, working three of the five miles at Cemex, hitting the new Mines and Meadows reroute twice, working on the Sterling Rd. access trail reroute, at the 4 Bee’s property from the Dismukes bridge to just short of the Cuddy property was mowed, most of Wampum Underground was weed whacked or mowed, from the Seceder Cemetery to the pipeline at the River Walk was maintained, mowing at the Edwards Farm and Game Lands 148 was done, and we worked on prepping the Watt’s Mill area and trails for the Landsbach Benefit Hike.

We were not able to hit every section of off road trail that needed attention though and some of them remain in rough shape – two miles at Cemex, the 4 Bee’s property from Georgetown Rd. to below Cuddy’s, and the remaining 500 yards of NCT and Chewton Vista Spur Trail at Wampum Underground will have to have attention over the next couple of weeks.  The mile of double track at Game Lands 148 and Booth Hill at Game Lands 285 will also have to be revisited soon unless the Game Commission does their mowing early this year.

The contributions of the individual trail maintainers have had an extremely positive impact on the condition of our trail sections.  It is hot, grueling, uncomfortable, and time-consuming but the efforts put forth over the season by the individuals who’ve made the trip out have paid off, as evidenced by this message sent by a hiker to the Wampum Chapter FB page:  “Thank you to the landowners and the volunteers who make the North Country Trail possible. Today we hiked in the area of Hodgson Road and Indian Rock. The trail was so well-maintained. Signage was clear. Blazes were well-placed and easy to spot. Full-color trail maps were available at key points. When we hike, we always pick up and carry out any trash that we find. We saw No Trash At All! That’s a first! Kudos to the volunteers – you’re doing a great job.”  As a side note, the Wampum Chapter reported 538 maintenance hours for the second quarter of 2016, or about 39% of our total hours reported for all categories, which also include Administration, Interpretation, and Training.

Signing for the Watt’s Mill area that encourages hikers to stay on the existing trails there has been received and will be installed over the next month, and volunteers have stepped forward to handle the painting of new trailhead and existing signage along our route.  The paint blazing has been completed on the Mines and Meadows reroute and the temporary flagging has been removed.

Thanks to these folks for coming out for our group trail work sessions:  Matt Williams, Sabrina Royea, Mike Troy, Cheryl Williams, Tracy Hager, and Sue Knechtel.  Also, huge appreciation for our individual maintainers who’ve been out there making a positive difference in the condition of the trail, and to all who support the effort.

Dave Brewer 7/17/16

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From Event Organizer Tracy Hager:

Thanks to all the hikers that came out today! Thank you for everyone’s help and support….Jason, Jen, Josh‘s family and friends, hikers, and sponsors! Wampum Chapter NCT for the guidance and help, JKells Frontdoor tavern for the bus, Minuteman Press for the bandannas, posters , & flyers, the Beaver County Times for writing a story in the paper, & TV stations 2,4,11 for stopping out at taping a segment for the news! We couldn’t have had better weather, better company, or a better cause to support!! Sold 4 trees, had 41 hikers, and raised $1435 raised for Josh!

The GoFundMe for Josh is still active so please consider donating today

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Wampum Chapter Officers Elected in June 2016

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Thanks to these people for volunteering their time and talents to lead the effort to build, maintain, and promote the North Country National Scenic Trail in Beaver and Lawrence counties.

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