Friday, March 23, 2007

Volunteers Club Adopt-A-Trail / Adopt-A-Campsite Training

Last weekend the HCC Volunteers Club trained in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to become part of the VIP Pogram (Volunteers-in-Parks) and to officially join the Adopt-A-Trail and Adopt-A-Campsite Programs. Club members will be working on 2 trails and a campsite in the Cataloochee Valley.



We began with a discussion about outdoor ethics and the principles of Leave No Trace. From there, it was off to the trail to learn how to maintain, repair and work on trails and campsites. It was a frigid but beautiful day in the park.


There were approximately 35 people who attended the training from as far away as Columbia, South Carolina and Atlanta, GA.







We adopted a 2 trails and a campsite in Cataloochee Valley. The Big Fork Ridge Trail and the Caldwell Fork Trail as well as campsite 41. Our area can be seen in the yellow square on the map below.

We'll be getting out there soon to do some trail and campsite work. Get in touch with Pete Kennedy at pkennedy(at)haywood.edu to get involved!

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