Recent AT Maintenance

Below is submitted maintenance activities for the last 6 weeks. Please note that trail conditions can change quickly. Or view maintenance by section.

Reporting: Lynn DiFiore
Date: 05/19/2017
Purpose: Cut weeds
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Lynn DiFiore
Lyndsey Smith
Steve Tipton
Summary: Finished cutting weeds. Cut out one blow down & obliterated the new trail around it. Removed a small amount of trash from Stan Murray shelter. Saw only a few hikers out, possibly due to the significant thunderstorms that passed through!

Reporting: Lynn DiFiore
Date: 05/14/2017
Purpose: Cut weeds
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Lynn DiFiore
Vern Maddux
Summary: Annual assault on the weeds. Cut from the barn to Bradley Gap. Removed the recurring fire ring at Little Hump. Removed a large amount of trash from the barn. Replaced the register. Trail was very wet in relo section towards Bradley Gap & hikers are creating braided sections of trail to avoid the mud/water. Great day to be out - lots of day hikers & NOBOs out.

Reporting: Pat Loven
Date: 05/18/2017
Purpose: Routine maintenance
Section: 11a: Dennis Cove Road to Canute Place
People: Pat Loven
Dennis Dugan
Summary: Drove to top of White Rock Mountain and performed routine maintenance on southern portion of this section. Clipped usual rhododendron and saw briers. Also used hand saw to remove overhanging branches and one leaner tree section that had planted itself in the middle of the trail.
Ten hikers came through and all were grateful for our work. One spoke of his encounter with Kevin's work crew on Wednesday and was very impressed with their tree removal skills. Overall, a good day.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 05/18/2017
Purpose: Scout trail
Section: 5: TN91 to Iron Mountain Shelter
People: Kim Peters
Summary: After the reported high winds in the Shady Valley area last week, I thought it might be a good idea to check the trail condition. Surprisingly, I saw no evidence of high winds in the area, so thankfully, that must have been on another ridge.
I cleared a few small blowdowns, dispersed a few fire rings, cut back a few encroaching branches and cleaned out waterbars. This section of trail is in good shape for a while. The weeds will need to be cut in a few weeks though.
At the shelter I picked up a surprisingly small amount of trash, just one small bag, and placed a new log book.
Someone has repaired at least part of the Grindstaff Monument. The engraved stone has been put back into place with what looks like epoxy grout. However the rest of the monument is still crumbling so not sure if this is any kind of a fix.
Saw more hikers than I could count, most heading to Damascus for Trail Days. I was thanked a lot for my efforts today.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 05/17/2017
Purpose: Take care of blow down
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Carl Fritz, Richard Lott, Bob Peoples, George Thorpe, Gloria Sedgwick, Kevin Sedgwick.
Summary: Gathered reinforcements to tackle large split tree blow down. Lott and Sedgwick started last week. Used all tools on this one. Used pole saw to remove overhead branches. Using come- a- long, straps and lines to secure large branches as many cuts were required. Carl and Richard carved up tree. Warm day to be out. Thru hikers still passing thru.

Reporting: Dan Firth
Date: 05/16/2017
Purpose: Invasive Species Survey and Rare Plant Monitoring
Section: 4a: US421 to Double Springs Shelter
People: Dan Firth
Summary: Multiflora rose is an invasive common along the trail and occurring in several locations along the section. Surveyed these occurrences determining area covered. Monitored a Tennessee threatened species found along the section.

Reporting: Dan Firth
Date: 05/15/2017
Purpose: Routine maintenance
Section: 4a: US421 to Double Springs Shelter
People: Dan Firth
Summary: After recent strong storms and a tornado in Shady Valley, the trail looked good with no significant blowdowns. Spent the day mostly cutting back briers. Identified several phenology (study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena) monitoring sites to support the AT Seasons program. Many thru hikers passing through.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 05/16/2017
Purpose: Cut blowdowns
Section: 16a: Hughes Gap to Greasy Creek Gap
People: Carl Fritz, Jim Foster
Summary: Carl cut 6 blowdowns and 1 dead standing tree. We also repaired the spring box that had been uncovered by someone. It was a great day and Carl did a great job with the chainsaw. We saw 20+ hikers including two we had to step over sleeping at Greasy Creek Gap.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 05/16/2017
Purpose: Mow Grass
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed and weed eat the Trail across the Osborne Farm. Prisoners are working on the fences. The fence building that has been completed looks great. The fence has been completed and the fence row has been cleared between the gate and HY 91 has been completed on both sides of the road.

Reporting: Michael Watts
Date: 05/13/2017
Purpose: Spring maintenance trip
Section: 15b: Cloudland Hotel - Hughes Gap
People: Rick Lott, Kevin Sedgewick, Mike Watts
Summary: Happy to get a dry day after all of the rain. Over half a dozen blow downs from the storms, which we cleared with handsaws. Also did lots of pruning. Saw a number of through hikers, who were consistently appreciative of maintenance efforts and trail conditions.

Reporting: Brian Paley
Date: 05/15/2017
Purpose: Spring maintenance
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Brian Paley
Summary: Lopped trail from Wilbur Dam Road to below Watauga Dam. Cleared one blowdown.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 05/11/2017
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 17: Iron Mountain Gap to FS230 switchback
People: Daryel Anderson, Paul Benfield, Richard Carter, Carl Fritz, Ted Mowery, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Hiker: Smiles
Summary: Mostly we worked with rocks for cribbing and steps to cover rooty areas and add steps where old steps had become too high. Smiles stopped and helped us retrieve some rocks for cribbing. Beautiful day with winds most of the time to keep gnats away. A very low flying Air Force plane suddenly got our attention.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 05/10/2017
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Gayle Riddervold & Becky Kinder
Summary: The first mile and a quarter of the trail looks fine with the exception of 2 blow downs. There is one new tree that fell about 3/4 of a mile up the trail and the other one is right beyond the power lines. Both will require a chain saw but in the meantime, hikers are able to walk over both trees.

Reporting: Ken Murray
Date: 05/09/2017
Purpose: Remove Blowdown
Section: 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
People: Ken Murray
Summary: I had a report of a bad blowdown from a local hostel. I checked from FS to Spivey Gap (where blowdown was reported) but did not find one. There was a new upturned Rhododendron that someone else had cut up. Saw many hikers, the bubble is still upon us.

Reporting: Joe DeLoach
Date: 05/10/2017
Purpose: Open Areas Meeting
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Joe DeLoach
Summary: We have an annual meeting to match priorities for management of open areas along the A. T. north of the Smokies with available funds. Led by Matt Drury from ATC, the meeting this year included biologists Joe McGuiness from the Cherokee NF and Susan Fruchey from the Pisgah NF, Acting District Ranger Kevin Knesek and Cleve Fox from the Appalachian RD, Marquette Crockett and Travis Bordley from the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, and Ron Navik from the Carolina Mountain Club. Funding for 2017 currently looks good, and Matt presented with a list of last year's treatments with a proposal to treat all again in 2017. We pointed out that some of our smaller open areas are best considered on a rotation that did not require annual treatment. Decisions for areas along the TEHCC section managed with A. T. Park Office funding included keeping the two cuttings per year at the Elk River, those along with herbicide treatment at the Osborne Tract, concentration on the margins on Hump Mt. and Beauty Spot, treating the Canute Place on White Rocks Mt. and the Senter Tract near Dennis Cove for invasives, and continuing with Round Bald while monitoring possiblities for Jane Bald once a biological survey is completed there. Matt will check with the NC Wildlife Resource Commission for their plans at the Buchanan Tract north of Beauty Spot, Yellow Mt. Gap, and Little Hump. The Cherokee NF will continue to treat areas between Bishop Hollow and Upper Laurel, more in a maintenance mode than expansion. They are looking into the best way to haul equipment to Weedy Gap, and the Appalachian RD is looking into the possibility of getting equipment to Grassy Ridge up the old Peake Road. The fairly remote Elk Hollow Knob, near Stan Murray Shelter, was discussed as a possible area for a crew to work. The biggest needs were identified at Max Patch, and some funding will be sent there for areas not treated in several years.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 05/10/2017
Purpose: Cut blowdowns
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Kevin Sedgwick, Rick Lott
Summary: Rick and Kevin finally linked up on awesome day. Hiked back in to take care of the 30" + blowdown Rick started. Cut it out. Rick said more trees have come down in the last week. A few small ones we cut by hand. Cut a bigger one on Roby Miller dirt path. Another leaner by Isaac cemetery. The problem of the day is a large tree split crossing over trail with many forks ranging in size up to 18/ 24 plus in size. Much bigger 36"near trunk. North of cemetery in the open view area. We cut it back as far as we felt that was safe. Hikers can hike around it. We block trail and lined path to push hikers around it. To remove rest of split would require block and tackle etc to pull it down and around if possible. Split still wedged in tree up high. Cut some rose, rodos etc where needed. Thanks to Rick for a hard day. Many friendly thru hikers today.

Reporting: Brian Paley
Date: 05/10/2017
Purpose: Cut weeds
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Brian People
Summary: Cut 3 leaning trees and one 12" step-over.
Cut back multi-flora roses.
Trail looks good, but still a little wet & muddy in sections.

Reporting: Phyllis Cairnes
Date: 05/08/2017
Purpose: shelter maintenance
Section: 2a: Backbone Rock Trail - Abingdon Gap Shelter
People: Phyllis Cairnes
Summary: I did routine shelter maintenance: shoveled out the fire ring, cleaned gutter, picked up trash, replaced old broom, replaced shelter journal. Water source was running well. Still no marks on the clean walls. The graffiti board was half full of drawings. As expected the trail was an interstate of hikers. I talked to ones from IA, IN, ME, MA, OH, TN and England. Again I will pass on compliments from at least 2 or 3 about the excellent trail maintenance on the TEHCC section. It was a gorgeous day to be hiking.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 05/08/2017
Purpose: Mow grass
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed and weed eat the camping area at the Overmountain Shelter and other trails as needed. Cleaned out all the ditches diverting the water from the walkway to the shelter and from the well at the rear of the shelter. The lower Spring pipe still isn't running but the upper spring still has plenty of water. Picked up all the trash.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 05/08/2017
Purpose: Mow along trail
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed and weed eat the trail across the Osborne Farm as needed. Thank Reuben for his spraying. The spray appears to be very effective. The Cattle are back in the pasture. At this time they are in the back 3 fields.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 05/06/2017
Purpose: transport hikers
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Ted Mowery, Paul Benfield
Summary: Transported hikers from the 19e trailhead and Carver Gap trailhead to Roan Mountain for trail fest.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 05/08/2017
Purpose: Routine maintenance and check for blowdowns
Section: 16a: Hughes Gap to Greasy Creek Gap
People: Jim Foster
Summary: I removed several small blowdowns and one large one with the help of a hiker (Bananas). I have at least 4 blowdowns that will need a chainsaw to remove including a new one just south of the Shelter that's completely blocking the existing trail. Fortunately it can be walked around. It was a beautiful day with lots of hikers on the trail.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 05/06/2017
Purpose: Rehab trail and Clear Blowdown
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Dean Baird, Jennifer Baird, Jim Chambers, Carl Fritz, Karen Loven, Pat Loven, Bob Peoples, Connie Squires, George Thorpe and HIKERS: Kristy Ball f, Rhesia Baron f, Bogan Cate, Danyell Dahn f, Lauren Grah f, James Maher
Summary: With the help of hikers as part from Roan Mtn Trail Festival, we rehabbed trail just north of 19E by redigging and adding log and rock cribbing plus rock and log steps. Thanks to Jim Chambers and Lumpy who did the prep work to allow this to happen. Several of us removed two large blowdowns on top of each other south of Bishop Hollow.

Reporting: Kenneth Buchanan
Date: 05/06/2017
Purpose: clip weeds,inspect trail
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Ken Buchanan, Andrew Colson, Cole Stovall
Summary: I conscripted two more or less willing workers (a grandson and his friend) to walk the section. We carried an axe, loppers and a string trimmer, all were put to good use.
At the shelter we caught up with a group of " hikers and bikers" from Chicago. They were very interested in what we were doing and why we were doing it.
This was the third time I have had hikers comment on the log with the steps. All like it and have their picture taken there.
The boys walked on thru to Low Gap, there they found a group from La. had a free food for hikers (and maintainers) set up. A fun day.

Reporting: Dan Firth
Date: 05/06/2017
Purpose:
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Dan Firth, Ed Oliver
Summary: Manned the club booth at the inaugural Roan Mountain Trail Fest in Roan Mountain Tennessee.

Reporting: Rick Lott
Date: 05/04/2017
Purpose: Clear Blowdowns
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Rick Lott, Ken Chamness
Summary: We removed some smaller blowdowns. Then we found an extremely large unstable broken fork across trail with about three 12-18” branches about a quarter mile south of cemetery. It is possible to duck under this on the low side of the trail. This one will require cutting from crown backwards. 30” blowdown was a problem and more tools will be needed. Will have to come back with another bar/chain and a sledge hammer. Next we found two trees of 15-18" across trail about an hour from 19E. These are pretty hard for hikers to get around. More tools will be needed to remove these.

Reporting: Rick Lott
Date: 05/04/2017
Purpose: Clear Blowdowns
Section: 12c: Sugar Hollow Creek to Campbell Hollow Road
People: Rick Lott, Ken Chamness
Summary: 10" reported blowdown had already been removed. But there were two 14-18" blowdowns that were laying flat and we removed them. All is clear on southern end to Jones Falls.

Reporting: Rick Lott
Date: 05/03/2017
Purpose: Clear Blowdowns
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Rick Lott
Summary: Removed by hand saw an 8-10" blowdown discovered by Kevin. It was just trail north of Bear Branch Road.

Reporting: Greg Kramer
Date: 05/02/2017
Purpose: Weed Cutting
Section: 3b: Spring to US421
People: Greg Kramer
Summary: Tried different weed whacking tools before the Green Briar, Poison Ivy and Blackberry take over the trail. Saw toothed weed eater was used most of the time but not successful with very young stalks.

Reporting: Greg Kramer
Date: 04/29/2017
Purpose: Garlic Mustard Pull Challange
Section: 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
People: Greg Kramer, Vic Hasler, Matt Druary, Josh Williamson
Summary: The annual TEHCC Garlic Mustard challenge happened on Saturday April 29th. We pulled 100 pounds more than last year for 257. We stopped when there was no more Garlic Mustard at the AT and FS road to pull. There was Garlic Mustard to pull farther down the road near the field clearing along with Autumn Olive that needed spraying. It will be interesting next year to how much this trip has reduced Garlic Mustard here.

Reporting: Jim Chambers
Date: 05/04/2017
Purpose: Trail Prep
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Jim Chambers
Mike "Lumpy" Price
Summary: Prepped trail for Roan Mountain Trail Festival work trip.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 05/04/2017
Purpose: Build trail relocation
Section: 1: TN/VA state line to Backbone Rock Trail
People: Richard Carter, Carl Fritz, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters
Summary: We assisted Konnarock Crews with upper relocation on Backbone Rock Trail. Konnarock had five leaders and nine volunteers. Almost all the volunteers were from Cisco Systems. If weather provides some work windows over the next couple of days, they will finish this relocation.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/28/2017
Purpose: Konnarock Inspection
Section: 1: TN/VA state line to Backbone Rock Trail
People: Carl Fritz, Tim Stewart, Josh Kloehn, Jerry Kyle, Justin Farrell, Josh Reynolds, Brian Allgood
Summary: All the Konnarock Crew leaders inspected the upper relocation on Backbone Rock Trail. They also inspected their campsite. They are ready to bring both crews in next week.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 04/27/2017
Purpose: Mow Grass
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery.
Summary: We mowed and weedeat the camping area and trails as needed at the Overmountain Shelter. Picked up a bag of traqsh. Removed 2 fire pits. The upper Spring has plenty of water. The lower spring has plenty of water but the pipe isn't running at this time. This needs to be addressed later when the upper spring starts to dry up.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 04/27/2017
Purpose: Mow Grass
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: We completed the mowing of the trail across the Osborne Farm. Due to the recent rain and warm weather the grass was about to get ahead of us. The trail is completed mowed and looks good. We will need to remow it very soon due to the fast growing this Spring.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/27/2017
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 17: Iron Mountain Gap to FS230 switchback
People: Daryel Anderson, Jim Chambers, Carl Fritz, Greg Kramer, Eric Middlemas, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe
Summary: We removed one large leaner that was crowding hikers. Otherwise, we redug a lot of trail that was sloughing due to roots. We added much locust log cribbing. Hikers were abundant and most thanked us. A hiker remarked that our trail was excellent in the recent heavy rains compared to what she expected in her area of New York/New Jersey.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/25/2017
Purpose: Flag trail relocations
Section: 16b: Greasy Creek Gap to Iron Mountain Gap
People: Carl Fritz, Kim Peters, Tim Stewart
Summary: Hikers by the dozens, fog all day, beautiful greening hillsides with numerous wild flowers, and muddy trail were all abundant today. We feel pretty good about five flagged long relocations to take out the steepest areas. There is only one switchback and it is doubtful that anyone will cut it but it may take twenty steps to install it. Getting resources here will be a problem.

Reporting: Dan Firth
Date: 04/25/2017
Purpose: Manufacture wedges for hand saws
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Dan Firth
Summary: The Silky and other hand saws create a narrow kerf that standard plastic wedges do not fit into. To make the hand saws more effective, wedges were made with narrower tips to fit these kerfs.

Reporting: Dan Firth
Date: 04/25/2017
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 4a: US421 to Double Springs Shelter
People: Dan Firth
Summary: Though misty most all day, it was a great day to walk the section. Cleared several blowdowns, picked up trash and cleaned a number of water diversions after the reacent rains. Thru hikers were coming by the dozen along with one SOBO. The newly installed graffiti board at Double Springs Shelter has already been put to use.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 04/25/2017
Purpose: Mow Trail
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: We mowed about half of the Trail across the Osborne Farm. Did not finish due to mower problems. Grass was tall and very wet. We plan to return on Thursday and complete the mowing at the Osborne farm and the Over Mountain Shelter.
The grass on the trail needs to be sprayed as soon as possible. 2 Trees are reported down between Vandeventer Shelter and Iron Mtn Shelter. 19 Hikers passed while we were mowing.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 04/20/2017
Purpose: A.T. Spring Partnership
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: SAWS: Bill Hodge, Katie Currier
ATC: Morgan Summerville, Matt Drury
USFS App. RD: Kevin Knesek, Cleve Fox
USFS Unaka RD: Leslie Morgan, Cheryl Summers
USFS Watauga RD: Keith Kelley, Chas Ingle
TEHCC: Vic Hasler, Kim Peters, Carl Fritz, Ted Mowery, Paul Benfield, Dan Firth, Bob Peoples, Tim Stewart, Eric Middlemas
Summary: After being delayed – twice, the Spring A.T. Partnership gathered a few key organizations to ensure our alignment on current issues facing the Trail and the forest through which it passes. This trip report is a summary. If you need further details, please contact someone who attended.
SAWS recently relocated their office to 225 East Chestnut in Asheville. Another relocation is at Turkey Pen Gap to be opened this coming weekend during training hitch for crew leaders. SAWS is the designated distributor of a $250K grant from the Wilderness Alliance, which is available to all types of trails (hiking, biking, etc.) to immediately support planned improvements. Deadline for submission is June 2nd, but the work and spending must be completed by end of 2017.
Keith Kelley shared that area is still dry with at least two forest fires caused by campfires.
USFS Appalachian RD has purchased a pull mulcher for shrubs to help with open area management. NEPA paperwork for Deep Gap (Unaka Mtn) relocation must be regenerated as prior submission cannot be found. Permission was given, with two weeks’ notice, to haul items along the old A.T. route to repair the Stan Murray Shelter before Oct 15th fire season. USFS engineers have looked at the structural concern for Overmountain Shelter, and believe it can be addressed while giving OK for normal use. The report and drawings will be forwarded to TEHCC.
USFS Watauga RD is glad that Chad Ingle (from Land Between the Lakes NRA, KY) is on board for the summer. Scotty Bowman is also employed by the district as ranger in wilderness areas. A dead pine tree at Double Springs Shelter was promptly removed by forest service staff. A problem with posted advertising along the A.T. was addressed, as was an announced organized event at Osborne Farm in mid-May.
USFS Unaka RD currently does not have a trail technician, so is arranged with another organization to have a leader with three crew over six months for deployment as pairs or full set to work across the district. They will have a booth at the Great Outdoors festival in Erwin on May 6th. A pair of temporary trapping grids are being set up to enable better counts for gypsy moth and bears.
TEHCC shared about the “graffiti boards” being tested at a few shelters with what appears to be success in mitigating the problem; however, not yet through a whole thru-hiker season. The bridge at Shook Branch was recently replaced, which is good now the lake level has been raised. Equivalent bridge replacement at Wilder Mine (near US19E) is slated for mid-summer execution with lumber already been cut and supplies purchased using 2016 TN tag grant. Roan Mountain, TN will have an April 24th designation event as an A.T. Community, then a May 6th celebration. TEHCC raised a question regarding the designated status of the Grindstaff monument. USFS Watauga RD will check their records, then we’ll continue the conversation at the Fall meeting. The maintenance approach of several USFS trails which intersect the A.T. were discussed, with Temple Hill Gap (#524) and Granny Lewis (#108) not being actively maintained. Holston Mtn (USFS #44) has mixed report on whether in good condition. Konnarock Crew should finish up relocations for Backbone Rock Trail (USFS #53) this year, then the club will not be employing this group until 2020 for Weedy Gap. Jess Schaner will begin as the 2017 Roan Naturalist on May 18th.
ATC stated that further staff changes are underway as Amanda Wheelock and Sean Ogle are leaving to pursue other opportunities. APPA Capital Plan need to be update by early June. Tag grants were approved for repair/painting shelters and large chainsaw plus the request by SAHC for long-term artwork at the Carvers Gap kiosk. Currently TN program is providing $15K/year in grants. The 2012 inventory of campsites in the Roan highlands along the A.T. will be updated this year with assistance by Dan Firth, who is also working on rare plant monitoring. For the Emerald Ash Borer invasive species, Dan Firth and Bill Tindall have agreed to identify ash tree stands along the Trail for treatment. (FYI, Bill Tindall says EAB has been seen in Church Hill, TN.) Jason Zink would like feedback on ATCAMP app, which can allow hikers to indicate where they will be staying along the Trail.
Next meeting is proposed to be Wednesday, October 4th at Watauga Ranger Station in Unicoi, TN. SAWS has a known conflict.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/22/2017
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 12b: Walnut Mountain Road to Sugar Hollow Creek
People: Paul Benfield, Richard Carter, Jim Chambers, Carl Fritz, Ted Mowery, Bob Peoples, Gerald Scott, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe, ASU Trail: Lawson Osteen, Austin Babb, Brian Everette, Beau Clark
Summary: Four enthusiastic ASU Trail Crew members joined us to rehab some wet areas between Walnut Mt. Rd. and Elk River. With the rain this week we thought we could find some problems and we made significant progress in improving them. We cleaned most water diversions. On old road we improved some waterbars by adding new logs. Several drainages were redug to allow water to drain. Locust logs were added to turnpike and rocks were placed for step overs. A couple of areas were rehabbed that were sloughing. One required some rock cribbing. Fortunately, we only took one shower today. Gerald placed the new shelter sign. We saw almost 40 hikers.

Reporting: Ken Murray
Date: 04/18/2017
Purpose: Clear blowdowns
Section: 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
People: Ken Murray
John Beaudet
Summary: Cut up and removed large blowdown near Temple Hill Gap.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 04/15/2017
Purpose: Paint Shelter
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Lotta Murray, Ken Murray, Jeffrey Richards, Carl Fritz, Phyllis Cairnes, Stacy LaBare, Lowell Toof, Kat Johnson, Kim Peters, Jim Floyd, "Georgia Peach" (m)
Summary: April 3rd Saturday - Hiking with Tools
What a great turnout we had on a beautiful day for this 3rd Saturday trip! The goal for the day was to clean and paint Double Springs Shelter, install a graffiti board and seal the leaking roof. With so many hands, this was accomplished in record time. We even had additional help when a hiker "Georgia Peach" stopped and offered his help for a few hours.
Many thanks to Lotta Murray for preparing the graffiti board as well as carrying it in and to Ken Murray for installing it. This marvelous invention of Lotta's has now been installed in five of our newly painted shelters and all evidence suggests that it helps reduce the amount of graffiti on walls.

Reporting: Kenneth buchanan
Date: 04/14/2017
Purpose: Refresh blazes, inspect shelter
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Ken Buchanan
Laura Jack
Summary: Good intentions and opportunity came together on a fine Spring day. Persuaded our daughter to go along and repaint the blazes on this section. A bit surprised to note weeds and grass are not yet a problem. Did encounter one blow down which is an easy step over.
Quite a few hikers one wanted a picture of himself painting a blaze.
A fun outing.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/13/2017
Purpose: Trail Rehab
Section: 11b: Canute Place to Bitter End
People: Paul Benfield, Ken Buchanan, Richard Carter, Carl Fritz, Greg Kramer, Ted Mowery, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Kevin Sedgwick, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe
Summary: We cleaned out water source at Moreland Gap shelter. We removed a blowdown that had already been cut closer to Canute Place. We rehabbed a number of small areas where trail was sloughing. Either we redug the bench or cribbed and back filled. Tim repainted graffiti board with a couple of coats and repainted some of blazes. We fixed one small stream crossing by redoing stepping stones. Shelter still looks good and has no graffiti. Surprisingly, we only saw four hikers today.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 04/14/2017
Purpose: paint blazes
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Kevin Sedgwick, Gloria Sedgwick
Summary: Awesome sunny day. We were passed by 27 thru hikers and 4 section hikers. Painted blazes. Removed one campsite. Cut out a few minor blowdowns . A couple larger ones will require return trip with a chain saw. Continued cutting back multiflora rose. Continued pulling down limbs across where ATV access trail