Looking back at 1998
The ice storm of January, 1998 caused severe damage to many trails throughout the WMNF. Some people have even compared the storm to the hurricane of 1938. Given the major damage, the 1998 trail calendar consisted primarily of clearing the storm damage. Since chain saws are not allowed in Wilderness, the work was performed primarily with hand tools, entailing over 2700 hours of work by adopters, volunteers, and trails crews. In recognition of these efforts, the USFS recently presented the WODC with an Award for Excellence in Wilderness Trail Maintenance.
Although the immediate effects of the ice storm may be passed, there will be many long-lasting changes, such as a die-off of damaged trees, increased understory growth resulting from increased sunlight, and increased erosion due to reduced leaf cover. These changes will require ongoing efforts to clear fallen trees, remove growing brush, and maintain water bars.
A new focus for 1999
With the bulk of ice storm cleanup behind us, the WODC Trails Committee will refocus on the erosion problems that plague several WODC trails. For details, please see our plans for 1999 which includes a description of our SCA trail crew. Also see our annual calendar for a full list of crew events, plus our annual project with Trailwrights and an overnight trip on Kate Sleeper Trail.
Wrapping up the year
Please see the crew news for photos and details about our 1999 summer trail crew. The Fall trails report is also available with a summary of the year's events, as well as a preview on our year 2000 activities.
Now accepting applicantions for our year 2000 trail crew!
Please click here for details on the exciting opportunities on our 2000 trail crew.
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