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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wednesday's Clean Up Party

Well, we have an ambitious agenda for this coming Wednesday but we don't have to accomplish everything . . . there are plenty of more sunny days for additional clean-up parties.  What we would most like to accomplish is trash pickup and vegetation removal on the trail.  Anything else is a bonus.

This springs will be closed to visitors all day Wednesday.  It would be nice if we could get some idea of who could attend . . . RSVP to .  But you are certainly welcome to simply show up and pitch in.  The gate will be open around 11am and remain so until late at night after we enjoy a night soak.  If you plan on satying late with us don't forget a flashlight or headlamp for the hike back down the trail.  Parking for participants will be in the clearcut area and at the trailhead for those 4x4 capable vehicles.

Does anyone have a chainsaw to cut up a rather large fallen tree across the trail?  How about gas-powered weed-whackers?  We will bring an assortment of shovels and such but more is always handy.  Bring your gloves.  We will have some extras as well as trash bags for pickup.

As usual, these summer cleanup events are clothing-optional so feel free to work on your tan lines.  I know I will be doing so, even as I'm cutting down Devil's Club.

Oh . . . did I mention.  You get to soak afterward.  Here's your chance.

Agenda for upcoming Clean Up Party:
1.       Trash pickup along the route (trash bags supplied)
a.       At the Forest Service gate and the low area off to the right
b.       Along the Forest Service road and the BPA road to the trailhead
c.       Along and to the sides as far as practical on the trail up
d.       Around the main pool area and particularly on the rocks below the pools
2.       Trail Maintenance (in need of at least one chainsaw, and several gas weed-whackers)
a.       Cutback of encroaching vegetation, particularly the Devil’s Club
b.       Chainsaw and removal of fallen tree trunk across upper trail
c.       Re-emplacement of water-bars that were moved by x-cross cycle trespassers (possibility of emplacing a couple of more water-bars)
d.       Water runoff improvement near the crossing creeks (clearing ditches, deepening)
e.       Culvert clearing where needed
f.         Safety improvements for footing in the Rock Alley area
3.       Site Improvements
a.       Incremental removal of 2001 demolition debris to a lower staging area
b.       Rustic rest benches at several scenic spots along the trail (any carpenters?)
c.       Survey of alternative trail routes (Rick)
d.       Foundation prep and layout for signage and honor box (Honeymoon Springs area)

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