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: Thomas Broeker
Date: 03/22/2020
Purpose: Move rocks and logs into create steps
Section: 20a: Nolichucky River to Temple Hill Gap
People: Thomas Broeker
Craig Hare
Summary: Moved logs and rocks up the trail for the next part of the project (creating steps)

Reporting: Tony Messina
Date: 03/22/2020
Purpose: Replace Sign and Inspect/Maintain Trail
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Tony & Renee Messina
Summary: Renee and Tony escaped Coronavirus madness by hiking in from Overmountain Shelter to the meadow below Little Hump on Sunday. We replaced the Overmountain Interpretative sign at Yellow Mtn Gap, required battery grinder on the bolts. New one looks very nice. We cleared quite a bit of debris from the trail, cleared a couple of minor blowdowns, and did a little bit of lopping. The new water diversions seem to be a mixed bag, about half working well and half not. The lower ones seem to be the worst. Could use a few more here and there, including closer to Little Hump than we rehabbed recently.

The new water diversions on the blue blaze trail to the Overmountain shelter are also a mixed bag, some plugging up already.

We saw 12ish hikers, including only one NOBO thruhiker and two SOBO section hikers. The day started out cool, windy, and foggy but warmed up a bit after lunch and cleared enough for some excellent views on the way back down.

Tony hiked down the Overmountain Victory Trail to Roaring Creek road on the way out and found it to be in really very good shape. Mostly a double track road with adequate OMV blazes. That would be a steep but effective AT access trail, the OMV trail comes out just below the gate on the road to the barn.

Hours include three hours total driving time for each of us.

Reporting: GERALD N SCOTT
Date: 03/21/2020
Purpose: Routine Spring Maintenance
Section: 12b: Walnut Mountain Road to Sugar Hollow Creek
People: Gerald Scott
Eric Scott
Summary: Install "Wash Pit" sign inside shelter. Sign had location of wash pit and instruction on how to use it. Encountered 5 day/weekend hikers, no through hikers.

Reporting: Tim Stewart
Date: 03/21/2020
Purpose: 3rd Saturday Hiking with Tools
Section: 15b: Cloudland Hotel - Hughes Gap
People: Tim Stewart
Carl Fritz
Greg Kramer
Bob Byrd
Summary: This month's 3rd Saturday Hiking With Tools event began in the rain but ended with nice spring like weather. Carl, Greg and I met at Hughes Gap. I didn't expect anyone else but Bob Byrd arrived and joined us.

We hiked over Beartown Mountain while performing minor maintenance tasks. After making it to Ash Gap, hiked down to the spring, which was flowing.

In view of recent Coronavirus concerns it was somewhat surprising that we encountered a number of other hikers, including 4 thru hikers.

Reporting: Joel Zabel
Date: 03/21/2020
Purpose: spring check, clear blowdowns
Section: 17: Iron Mountain Gap to FS230 switchback
People: Ed Brading
Denny Samuel
Yong LI
Marianne Huff
Jeff Miller
Joy Zabel
Joel Zabel
Summary: First check this spring of this part of our section. Main task was clearing numerous blow downs with hand saws. Checked shelter & water source - both good. Replaced hiker log.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 03/21/2020
Purpose: Blowdown Removal
Section: 18: FS230 switchback to Indian Grave Gap
People: Carl Fritz, Greg Kramer
Summary: We removed a 16" dead pine that was blocking trail. Mike Watts had alerted us and we were able to stop off on our return trip from Hughes Gap.

Reporting: Thomas Broeker
Date: 03/16/2020
Purpose: Mainly blocking shortcuts and planning future work
Section: 20a: Nolichucky River to Temple Hill Gap
People: - Thomas Broeker
- Dr. Craig Hare
Summary: Beautiful day, with several hikers around the trail, including one family on their way up to Maine.

Reporting: Scotty Bowman
Date: 03/18/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
People: Scotty Bowman
Summary: I decided this would be the day to complete this section and hiked up to Vandeventer Shelter. I had previously cleared the first 3.3 miles to the spring. Along the way, I cut out 4 blowdowns and cut back new rhodo growth. There was a new campsite and fire ring that popped up a half a mile south of Vandeventer and I removed the fire ring and rehabbed the area. The shelter was clean and no trash to be found. The graffiti board was min good shape with minimal use and didn't need to repainted. I had replaced the logbook back in December and had barely been used so I didn't replace it. The mileage sign had been replaced last September and is still in great shape. There was 4 NOBOs and 1 day hiker that I encountered.

Reporting: Steve Perri
Date: 03/19/2020
Purpose: Conference Call with ATC Partners
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Carl Fritz, Vic Hasler, Steve Perri, Steve Wilson
Summary: Several of us from TEHCC participated in a call with ATC, USFS partners, the Appalachian Trail Park office, and other maintaining clubs. The purpose was to share the latest decisions coming from land managing partners regarding the decisions being made and future potential options with the objective of reducing the spread of COVID-19. Many partners are working remotely and are reassessing their operating strategies on an on-going basis. There were a total of 100 people on the call from Maine to Georgia. Here's a summary of key points below.

Several land managing agencies closing facilities and canceling programs, some campgrounds open still. Some agencies consider shelters as facilities and will be posting signs for closure to minimize congregation and the potential spread of the virus. Concern expressed that many people are getting out on hiking trails based on full parking lots. ATC recommending thu-hikers and section hikers to suspend their plans to hike in case of exposure while on the trail. APPA and ATC are following CDC guidelines and to protect visitors, employees, and volunteers. GSMNP closed facilities and shelters, recommend camping away from shelters. ATC and other agency partners have employees working remotely now. ATC has canceled the 2020 Konnarock season and the Ridgerunner program has been asked to stand down for at least 2 weeks. Agency partners keeping trails open and recommend CDC sanitation and social distancing recommendations be maintained. TEHCC is suspending the hike program – considering through April.
Spring dinner meeting being rescheduled to May.

ATC is providing updates continually. Below are resources available for clubs and these are also on the ATC website:

ATC's Guidance to Hikers
ATC's Letter to Long-Distance Hikers
ATC's Current guidance to Volunteers
ATC's Notice on decisions related to Visitor Centers and Ridgerunners

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 03/18/2020
Purpose: Spring walkthrough and clear graffiti board
Section: 19b: Curley Maple Gap Shelter - Nolichucky River
People: Vic Hasler
Summary: Only forecasted dry day in next ten was opportunity to check trail section. Dropped a blowdown right next to Curley Maple Gap shelter to the ground. Path is fully passable with few step-overs which can wait until a sawyer makes a run from Indian Grave Gap to the outfitter. A 12” blowdown at the first intermittent stream crossing north of the outfitter might be good to slice up if a sawyer was in the area. Water control features on this section were self-clearing – washed by the heavy spring rains. White blazes are in excellent condition except for those purposefully being allowed to fade to cut back on over-marking.

The graffiti board required multiple paint coats to hide marker drawings and writing. While each coat partially dried, trash was picked up, found shovel, noted broom handle missing but head still available, replaced logbook, observed no camping now available at shelter since USFS dropped the two large hazard trees, and brushed roughly quarter mile south.

Drove to the Chestoa trailhead to pick up trash, check signs (NOBO railroad warning missing), and pull a couple of garlic mustard plants. Only section hikers encountered, one SOBO and five NOBO, with report that Uncle Johnny’s was closing down due to the coronavirus.

Reporting: Dan Firth
Date: 03/18/2020
Purpose: Clear Blowdowns and Stage Materials
Section: 4a: US421 to Double Springs Shelter
People: Carl Fritz
Dan Firth
Summary: Cleared several blowdowns including one just north of US421. Removed four hazard trees including two large trees near Double Springs Shelter. Cut and staged locust logs for future water bar work.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 03/02/2020
Purpose: TEHCC A.T. Committee
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Paul Benfield , Dan Firth, Carl Fritz, Vic Hasler, Joe Morris, Ted Mowery, Bob Peoples, Steve Perri, Kim Peters, Tim Stewart, and Steve Wilson
Summary: A full agenda was covered by the A.T. Committee with the following highlights:
• Motion approved to fund chainsaw class by NC volunteer instructor (Chuck Ramsey) at USFS Watauga Ranger Station with invitations to other clubs.
• Motion approved to fund two-patch plaques for retiring Cheryl Summers and Joe McGuiness.
• TEHCC’s Check-in/Check-out policy for trail maintenance discussed about having a Point of Contact to confirm when back out of field within two hours of target time.
• Proposal for Remote Maintenance trip (camping Friday/Saturday nights) sometime in the Fall
• Continue Third Saturday maintenance trips but recruit more leaders to spread load
• A sketched proposal for Cherry Gap Shelter has been created based on Curley Maple Gap

Next A.T. Committee proposed afterwards for May 18th before the summer work projects.

Reporting: Elzear Lemieux
Date: 03/16/2020
Purpose: AT Maintenance
Section: 12b: Walnut Mountain Road to Sugar Hollow Creek
People: Elzear Lemieux
Greg Kramer
Bob Peoples
Tim Steward
Summary: Primary job was to construct 3 water diversion systems (trench with stone steps method was used for all three diversions) 0.5 to 1.0 miles south of Walnut Mountain road. We also cut back some Rhododendron Bushes, cleaned out some existing water diversions, cleaned out a fire ring at a designated campsite, and cut in some trail that had been narrowed by soil sliding on the trail from above.

Reporting: phyllis cairnes
Date: 03/16/2020
Purpose: shelter maintenance
Section: 2b: Abingdon Gap Shelter to McQueen's Gap
People: Phyllis Cairnes
Rolla Wade
Summary: It was a great day to hike in from Low Gap and tidy up the shelter before the bump of hikers. The trail looked good except for a large ball- tangle of limbs and vines (about 1/8 mi. N of Low Gap) causing hikers to walk below the trail. At the shelter I painted over the graffiti board, we picked up trash, shoveled the fire ring, cleaned rain guttering. We saw no other hikers today.

Reporting: Tony Messina
Date: 03/15/2020
Purpose: Blowdowns
Section: 15a: Carvers Gap - Cloudland Hotel
People: Tony & Renee Messina
Summary: Foggy but warm trip to Roan High Knob from Carver's Gap to cut three large blowdowns noted by Saylor and Bettye. We got a late start, but ended up cutting about 12 blowdowns and leaners and didn't get out until it was getting dark. Blowdowns in that evergreen forest tend to hang up in nearby trees and are a challenge to clear. One especially large, tall leaner about 0.5 mile N of the shelter was more than we wanted to tackle and needs to be investigated (pix sent to Master Carl). Rehab is needed on the shelter access trail and on the lower 0.5 mile of the section as well.
The graffiti board at the shelter is working well, but could use repainting.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 03/16/2020
Purpose: Water Bar Cleaning/Improvement and Fell Locusts
Section: 16b: Greasy Creek Gap to Iron Mountain Gap
People: Dan Firth, Carl Fritz, Tony Messina, Joe Morris, Orrin Warwick
Summary: Joe had 88 water diversions from Iron Mountain Gap to Weedy Gap. Those were cleaned and many more added. Trail is looking good. We cleared some blowdowns and hanging trees. We also felled probably twenty dead locusts for the southern two hills to be rehabbed by Konnarock Crew

Reporting: Steve Perri
Date: 03/13/2020
Purpose: Southern Regional Partnership Meeting
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Vic Hasler, Steve Perri, Steve Wilson
Summary: The Southern Regional Partnership Committee was conducted as a teleconference due to the reduction of potential spread of COVID-19 from attendees traveling from Washington DC to Atlanta. A major discussion regarding action plans and future volunteering on the A.T. due to the spread of COVID-19 was underway within the USFS and Appalachian Trail Park Office (APPA). APPA is developing a poster based on CDC recommendations for placing at kiosks and other prominent locations to give guidance on how to protect and minimize spread of the virus – similar to the one developed for Norovirus. The most significant impact likely to come is a decision for volunteers to stand down on volunteer maintenance if the USFS and APPA initiate an action plan to move to remote working which would likely lead to no VIF insurance coverage with emergency response being minimized. Stay turned for further guidance as this will likely roll out like a government shutdown.

Other news includes: Konnarock staffing to change as a result of funding from APPA not being available due to pipeline litigation. Clubs may have an option to ID rehab work instead of relocations in 2020 unless the COVID-19 impact derails that too. Use of battery chainsaws were confirmed to be a possible alternative to gas chain saws since the are allowed by the USFS (but not in wilderness areas) and only by trained sawyers. Concern was raised that electric chainsaws do not stop as fast as gasoline units so chaps may not provide as much protection – especially if older/worn. Campsite inventory data that was collected has been distributed to the clubs. ATC has a process defining the objective/desired state with impacted zones along with a list of metrics and indicators. Clubs need to decide for their situation the thresholds to be decided based on the observations of when to take action. A Visitor Use Management system has been developed for addressing heavily visited trail sections. This system is proposed as a comprehensive assessment to be used to define objectives and actions that can be considered based on metrics defined and is a potential system available for addressing options for consideration in the heavily impacted area of Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge. The annual ATC Leadership Management Training course is planned to be held in NJ since a grant has been provided to allow it to occur there instead of in Virginia. Clubs have been asked to provide input to Morgan Sommerville for the final draft review of the Pisgah National Forest Management Plan. ATC will be providing support for club recruitment from volunteers seeking opportunities from the ATC website with the assistance from Alivia the intern who had done this in the past. Clubs need to provide input to a volunteer check-in and check-out process for when maintainers go out alone or in small groups with appropriate contact information available in case emergency assistance is needed. The Fall RPC meeting is planned for Nov. 7th to be held at the Erwin Town Hall.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 03/13/2020
Purpose: Get Person to Mow Accessible Trail
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Carl Fritz, Lynn Norris
Summary: Lynn Norris lives on Cross Mountain and wants to help mow at least the accessible trail with a commercial zero turn mower. His brother also has a commercial mower, also lives on Cross Mountain and will help. They will mow a couple of times and we will work on an agreement.

I tacked down lathe on first step-over stile and improved a water diversion on accessible trail. Five people came in ones and twos to hike the accessible trail.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 03/12/2020
Purpose: CPR/First Aid Training
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Carl Fritz
Summary: Completed the American Red Cross course for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED as part of the qualification for chainsaw certification.

Reporting: Tony Messina
Date: 03/12/2020
Purpose: Maintenance Patrol
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Tony & Renee Messina
Summary: What a gorgeous day for Renee and I to hike our new maintenance section. We encountered a total of 7 hikers, 3 of which were section hiking and 4 of which were simply overnighters. We cleared about 6 blowdowns, two of which completely blocked the trail and were causing walkarounds. We picked up a WalMart bag full of trash in the vicinity of Stan Murray shelter and swept it out. Checked out the water trail as well and it is OK, though a little eroded in places.

The graffiti board is getting full and needs painting, but has been effective in keeping stuff off the walls. At Yellow Mtn Gap, we tried to replace the Overmountain History sign with the new one, but were unable to get it apart with simple tools. Need to escalate next time with battery drill and Dremel tool since the bolts are rusted tight.

Minor rehab and water diversions are needed in the first half mile or so south of Yellow Mountain Gap.

Hours include 4hrs roundtrip driving time for each of us and another hour for gearing up tools and cleaning chainsaw.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 03/12/2020
Purpose: Remove invasive rose
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Kevin Sedgwick
Summary: After recent work in my section I noticed invasive rose budding out and growth. Decided to be proactive with rose encroaching on old farm road. Nature is slowly reclaiming it. Past few years more time is spent cutting back rose vs grass/weeds. With brush blade cleared back as far as I can reach. Hopefully weed clearing will be easier this summer.
I also flagged areas for Carl to look at for possible bog bridges. On way out ran into Carl and Tony. Helped them with tree removal. Also we talked about the bog bridges.

Reporting: Scotty Bowman
Date: 03/11/2020
Purpose: Remove blowdowns
Section: 7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
People: Scotty Bowman
Summary: The plan was to clear a 12" Hickory midway between Vandeventer and Wilbur Dam Rd that had some limbs cleared and was elevated off the ground by about a foot. I ended up dropping this one to the ground and is now a step over. I started to run out of daylight.

The majority of my time was spent clearing a 24" white oak leaner that had finally dropped across the trail.

All in all, it was great to spend the afternoon in the woods.

Reporting: Bettye Boone
Date: 02/25/2020
Purpose: Check trail to determine condition
Section: 15a: Carvers Gap - Cloudland Hotel
People: Bettye Boone
Saylor Fox
Summary: Checked for blowdowns & cleaned water diversions.

Reporting: Bettye Boone
Date: 03/08/2020
Purpose: Spring Checkup
Section: 15a: Carvers Gap - Cloudland Hotel
People: Bettye Boone
Saylor Fox
Summary: Identified blowdowns requiring chainsaw. Shared pictures with Carl Fritz so sawyer could locate. Replaced AT Journal a shelter.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 03/11/2020
Purpose: Check trail and clean water bars
Section: 16a: Hughes Gap to Greasy Creek Gap
People: John Tomko, Jim Foster
Summary: John and I walked the whole section and removed 4 blowdowns. Neither of us had been out in awhile so we were pretty tired. Cutting with hand saws will get the ole heart pumping. The trail was in surprisingly good shape. I was wondering who had been on my section with a chainsaw and why they didn't cut everything after reading Carl's email just now I know. Thanks guys. Top right bunk in shelter was wet.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 03/11/2020
Purpose: Inspect for bog bridge needs
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Carl Fritz, Tony Messina
Summary: We inspected bottom of Bishop Hollow for possible bog bridge installation. This has been a long term need. In wet seasons or after heavy rains a couple of areas become extremely marshy. With the help of Kevin Sedgwick who was cutting back multiflora rose, we identified about 40 feet of bog bridges that are needed. They must be placed to reduce disturbance by ATVs. We all three worked on removing a large locust that was leaning over trail such that it was difficult to get past at top of Bishop Hollow.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 03/11/2020
Purpose: Hazard Tree Removal
Section: 12b: Walnut Mountain Road to Sugar Hollow Creek
People: Carl Fritz, Tony Messina
Summary: It was beautiful day to be in the woods. We installed new sign for Mountaineer Falls Shelter wash pit. We cleared some minor trail obstructions. Our primary task was to fell 10 hazard trees mostly dead hemlocks. These were in camping area just above shelter, at shelter and at camping area just south of Mountaineer Falls. We saw only one north bounder.

Reporting: Elzear Lemieux
Date: 03/06/2020
Purpose: Maintenance Patrol
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Elzear Lemieux
Emily Lemieux
Summary: Emily and I did an initial patrol of our new maintenance section, TN-91 to Double Springs Shelter. Great weather for the hike.

We noted one small blowdown ~8-10” (Easy to walk over) that I will take care of by handsaw in April. Cleaned out several Water diversions, removed fire ring in non-designated campsite and picked up trash at the designated campsite and the shelter. Took inventory of signs.

Reporting: Scotty Bowman
Date: 03/09/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
People: Scotty Bowman
Summary: I spent the day cutting back new rhodo and greenbriar growth along to the spring. Also, I was scouting out a blowdown that is about 2.5 miles from Wildbur Dam Rd. A friend had contacted me about it and said that they had cut the limbs off around the trunk to open up a passage. I will be heading back in the near future with a crosscut to remove the remainder. It is currently a good size step over. The spring located at 3.3 miles from Wilbur Dam Rd is flowing pretty well.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 03/08/2020
Purpose: Blowdown Removal
Section: 16a: Hughes Gap to Greasy Creek Gap
People: Tony Messina and Orrin Warwick
Summary: Tony and Orrin Warwick, an ETSU student, removed five blowdowns from Greasy Creek Gap to Clyde Smith Shelter. They attempted to clean water bars without tools.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 03/08/2020
Purpose: Prep for Konnarock Crew
Section: 16b: Greasy Creek Gap to Iron Mountain Gap
People: Carl Fritz, Joe Morris, Bob Peoples, Steve Perri
Summary: We redefined access from Tiger Creek Road to Greasy Creek Gap, cleared it of blowdowns, located potential campsite for Konnarock Crew, located locusts along trail south of Greasy Creek Gap for 2 miles and fell some dead locusts. We also removed a 16 inch blowdown.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 03/02/2020
Purpose: Cherry Gap Shelter Design
Section: 17: Iron Mountain Gap to FS230 switchback
People: Carl Fritz, Ed Oliver
Summary: These are cumulative hours to design a replacement shelter for Cherry Gap Shelter. It is very similar design to Curley Maple Gap Shelter. So Ed was able to modify those pencil drawings. We think we have a plan to minimize water runoff from access trails impacting inside the shelter.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 02/28/2020
Purpose: Field visit for USFS Cedar Gap Farm Bill Thinning Project
Section: 11a: Dennis Cove Road to Canute Place
People: Vic Hasler
Summary: In late 2019, the US Forest Service submitted a project proposal to improve forest health through selective removal of primarily white pine and red maple trees west of the A.T. followed by controlled burns. Concerns were raised regarding the visual impact of the commercial thinning and other work since one boundary was the A.T. A leaves-off field tour was arranged by USFS including UTV transportation to reach the area of concern quickly. The Friday morning provided a nice hike through light snowy weather. The field tour resolved the concerns with an understanding how the two efforts will have minimal long-term visual impact on the trail user. For example, at one overlook, you can already observe the road cut across the valley which supports the power line while this effort would visually remove the tops of a row of white pines in the distance. Closer to the trail, target trees less than 8” diameter and rhododendron would be cut on the west side of the path. If all approvals are obtained, then this USFS project would be executed during the 2020 season.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 03/04/2020
Purpose: blowdowns
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Kevin Sedgwick, Gloria Sedgwick
Summary: Gloria and I went in on what turned out to be a nice day. 20" dia Hemlock had fallen across a curve in the trail . Multiple cuts were required to remove it. We were able to roll the sections off the trail. Found that it had hit and push back another dead hemlock, 10' dia. Cut it out. Removed another dead 10' dia hemlock . On way out noticed 12' hemlock that had fallen parallel next to trail but was held up at top. We figured it eventually settle down and end up on trail. Cut it out.

Reporting: Tony Messina
Date: 03/04/2020
Purpose: Chainsaw Maintenance
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Tony Messina
Summary: Refurbished all TEHCC 18" and 16" Stihl chainsaws, including:

Researched Stihl chainsaw maintenance
replaced spark plugs and deep cleaned or replaced all air filters
replaced all rim sprockets
Inspected and optimally swapped guide bars and chains
Updated fuel bags to include pliers for field maint tasks
Updated fuel bags with spare sprockets/clutch washers/circlips
procured new bar and chain and carry case for 026#3
procured new Oregon bar for Dolmar
procured surplus fuel bag for MS192T
replaced chain tensioner parts on both 009s
includes approx 4 hrs driving time to Carl's or searching parts

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 03/02/2020
Purpose: look at trail issue
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Carl Fritz, Gloria Sedgwick, Kevin Sedgwick
Summary: Gloria and I met Carl at 19E. We took one truck to Buck Mtn road at the church. Gloria stayed with truck as there has been problems in the past with locals messing with cars. Carl and I looked at work that was done for golden-winged warbler management. Several questions, issues and problems have resulted from land clearing. Photos were taken. Looked at increased ATV traffic use, vegetation and rose growth. Met a thru hiker that was attempting a triple crown of all 3 trails (AT,PCT,CDT) in one calendar year.
Carl hiked my section back to his truck. He hand cut out 8" pine and 6" locust. Found big locust that is leaning across trail. He met some other north bounders.

Reporting: Dean Baird
Date: 02/29/2020
Purpose: Inspect and maintain trail
Section: 9b: Pond Flats to Hampton trailhead
People: Dean Baird
Aaron Brown
Joe Morris
Tim Stewart
Summary: This was a cold but really nice day to hike with 3" of snow on Pond Mountain. We removed several blowdowns and, in some areas, trimmed back some significant rhododendrons. Additionally, we examined, again, the switchbacks (3, perhaps 4) that need rehab and I took some photos. There are also some areas that need cribbing where the trail is eroding off the mountain. Our hope is that the already located locusts and (hopefully) available rock will provide enough to crib all of the areas.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 02/25/2020
Purpose: Rehab Trail
Section: 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
People: John Beaudet, Aaron Brown, Carl Fritz, John Jones, Van Hovey, Greg Kramer, Renee Messina, Tony Messina, Joe Morris, Ken Murray, Lotta Murray, Kevin Sedgwick, Tim Stewart
Summary: We were happy to be out in February with the temperature getting in the 50s in the afternoon. We installed six log steps in a couple of critical areas. We rock cribbed and back filled over some awkward roots. We hauled many buckets of small rocks to cover a wet area in trail. Critical work was to use a 17 foot by 9 inch log plus an 8 foot by 7 inch log in a vee to bypass large roots that were 2 feet above trail. Some of the stakes were 4 inch by 5 feet. A lot of buckets of soil were transported to fill the cribbing.

Reporting: Pat Loven
Date: 02/25/2020
Purpose: Trail maintenance
Section: 11a: Dennis Cove Road to Canute Place
People: Patrick Loven
Pat Loven
Summary: Purpose today was to check erosion a short distance south of the Dennis Cove road crossing. We did construct one water diversion and will evaluate the effectiveness for a few months. May need more work later.
Also did some minor brushing and trail cleaning.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 02/22/2020
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Kevin Sedgwick, Gloria Sedgwick
Summary: Absolutely beautiful day. Snow on ground at northern end and areas in shade lower. Gloria shuttled and walked with me for a short time. I was really looking for blow downs. I found about 8 small ones I cut by hand or was able to push off trail. Some dead fall . Only 2 blow downs I will have to come with chain saw. One very large across trail. Cleared around best I could right now. Surprising clear compared to past. Checked signage . Missing 3 of 4 signs. Found ATC crew had come in to clear and cut trees for golden-winged warbler management. They made undesirable mess of area. Made report of damage. Opened area to more ATV/4 wheel dive usage on trail. Reset new sign post run over and cleaned some dead fall from ATC mess. Cut back rhododendron and invasive rose. Rose was starting to leaf out already in sunny spots. cleared out water bars that were not frozen and reset 2. Moved wooden post in Bishop hollow. Secured with as many rocks as I could pile around post.

Reporting: Richard Carter
Date: 02/22/2020
Purpose: check section
Section: 14c: Stan Murray Shelter to Carvers Gap
People: Richard Carter
Summary: I walked the section for blowdowns check, cut 3 blowdowns of about 3-4 inches diameter, and one of 10 inches diameter, checked the shelter and spring, which was running very well, and left a new register. I removed two like-new items of clothing plus one high-end & expensive looking adjustable hiking stick which were abandoned or mislaid in the shelter. Surprisingly, there were scads of day hikers by mid afternoon, with the parking area full to overflowing.