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Baker Trail Work Day 2/2 (Smicksburg farm, Aug 20, 2006 from 10:00 am to 02:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Work project at the barn we will be using at the finish of the Baker Trail UltraChallenge on August 26. Involves washing, sweeping, moving items, and general cleanup. Bring gloves. All tools and equipment will be provided.
Baker Trail Work Day 1/2 (Milton Loop, Aug 19, 2006 from 08:00 am to 02:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Trail maintenance in preparation for the Baker Trail UltraChallenge on August 26. Meet at Milton Loop boat launch parking area (follow "Road ends in water" signs). Long pants and sleeves recommended. Bring gloves. Tools will be provided.
North Country Trail National Conference (Clarion University, Aug 10, 2006 12:00 PM to Aug 13, 2006 06:30 PM) by Patty Brunner
NCTC National Conference is being held at Clarion University this year August 10th-13th. If interested in attending any time go to this website http://www.northcountrytrail.org/conf06/index.htm for registration and more information. The North Country Trail is a National Scenic Trail that extends from New York to North Dakota some 4000+ miles and utilizes the footpath of the Baker Trail for some 18 miles starting north of Cook Forest and continuing to the Gravel Lick Bridge area, south of Cook Forest. Unlike the Appalachian Trail, The North Country Trail is a confederacy of Trails incorporating existing trails by connecting and creating a continuity of older trails, networking, strengthening and expanding their life past a community life to a national life. Some say this dilutes the identity of the trails, we think it will strengthen the identity of the Baker Trail. The Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy has become an Affiliate member of the North Country Trail Association. The Conservancy will be responsible to maintain the North Country Trail on this 18 miles section. Becoming an affiliate of the NCTA offers many advantages to the Conservancy and its members. These advantages include cost sharing of projects; a voice on the NCTA State Trail Council; additional exposure for the Baker Trail by access to publicity on the NCTA calendar; and finally a potential for dual membership status for all of us at a reduced fee to the North Country Trail Association from $30.00 to $16.00. If you are interested in joining the North Country Trail checkout their website at www.northcountrytrail.org. A network of interrelated trails gives us strength in our efforts to keep hiking alive and well in Pennsylvania.
Rachel Carson Trail Challenge (Harrison Hills Park Bobwhite shelter, Jun 24, 2006 from 05:00 am to 09:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Annual 34-mile endurance trek.
Challenge volunteer meeting 2/2 (North Park Beaver Shelter, Jun 19, 2006 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm) by Steve Mentzer
All Rachel Carson Trail Challenge volunteers are requested to attend this meeting. Final instructions and last minute changes will be provided. Supplies will be distributed to Checkpoint Supervisors.
Rachel Carson Trail Cleanup Day (Ridge Road at Bull Creek Road, Jun 17, 2006 from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Help us clean up trash along the Rachel Carson Trail! As part of the statewide Great PA Cleanup campaign, the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy is organizing several cleanup days along the trail. Join us today as we remove trash strewn around the Bull Creek Road/Ridge Road intersection, just off Route 28 exit 14 in Fawn Township.
Challenge volunteer meeting 1/2 (North Park Beaver Shelter, Jun 12, 2006 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm) by Steve Mentzer
All Rachel Carson Trail Challenge volunteers are requested to attend this meeting. Discussion of the Challenge, what to do, what to bring, and what to expect. Maps and volunteer guides will be distributed.
Challenge training hike 4 of 4 (North Park Beaver shelter, Jun 11, 2006 from 08:00 am to 02:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Last of four training hikes on the Rachel Carson Trail to help prepare for the Challenge. Difficulty 4, 8.5 miles.
Challenge training hike 3 of 4 (Dorseyville, Jun 10, 2006 from 08:00 am to 02:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Third of four training hikes on the Rachel Carson Trail to help prepare for the Challenge. Difficulty 8, 9.5 miles.
Challenge training hike 2 of 4 (Springdale, Jun 04, 2006 from 08:00 am to 02:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Second of four training hikes on the Rachel Carson Trail to help prepare for the Challenge. Difficulty 6, 8.5 miles.
Rachel Carson Trail Cleanup Day (Saxonburg Road at Donnelville Road, Jun 03, 2006 from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Help us clean up trash along the Rachel Carson Trail! As part of National Trails Day, REI is organizing a trash cleanup day along the Trail. Join us today as we remove trash strewn along Alter Road and Saxonburg Road in Fawn and Harrison Townships. Please dress appropriately: wear sturdy, comfortable shoes, long pants and a long sleeve shirt to avoid being scratched. REI will provide refreshments, work gloves, safety glasses and all other tools and materials along with first aid if needed. All volunteers who pre-register will receive a free REI "Get Dirty" t-shirt!
Challenge training hike 1 of 4 (Tarentum, Jun 03, 2006 from 08:00 am to 02:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
First of four training hikes on the Rachel Carson Trail to help prepare for the Challenge. Difficulty 5, 7 miles.
Rachel Carson Trail Cleanup Day (Crouse Run and Rocky Dell Run, May 20, 2006 from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Help us clean up trash along the Rachel Carson Trail! As part of the statewide Great PA Cleanup campaign, the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy is organizing several cleanup days along the trail. Join us today as we remove trash along Crouse Run and Rocky Dell Run in Hampton Township.
Annual Public Meeting (North Park boathouse, second floor, May 13, 2006 from 04:00 pm to 05:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Learn about the progress the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy has made toward its goals and about the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge and the Baker Trail UltraChallenge for both participants and volunteers. Free and open to all! We'll also be accepting advance registrations for the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge, subject to our registration limit. Registration forms will be available at the meeting for you to fill out and payment must be made at that time.
Volunteer Appreciation Picnic (North Park boathouse, second floor, May 13, 2006 from 12:00 pm to 03:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Calling all volunteers! If you participated in a trail work crew, or helped out on the Challenge or UltraChallenge, or any other activity related to our trails or would like to, then please attend our Volunteer Appreciation Picnic! There'll be food and drink and lots of discussion about trail related topics. Takes place prior to our Annual Public Meeting.
Rachel Carson bridge dedication (Downtown Pittsburgh (near the David Lawrence Convention Center), Apr 22, 2006 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Allegheny County, Chatham College, and the Rachel Carson Homestead invite you to celebrate the dedication of the Rachel Carson Bridge (formerly the Ninth Street Bridge) at Ninth Street and Fort Duquesne Boulevard.
Rachel Carson Trail Maintenance Day (Log Cabin Road, Apr 22, 2006 from 08:00 am to 04:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Venture Outdoors, in conjunction with the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy, has planned a maintenance day on the Rachel Carson Trail in preparation for the 34 mile Rachel Carson Trail Challenge. The upcoming Challenge will be the 10th anniversary, so let's put the trail in the best shape it's ever been. Tasks include painting blazes, pruning branches, cutting limbs, removing fallen trees, and clearing undergrowth. If you have your own tools, please bring them as we may not have enough to go around. Tools to bring: BOW SAWS OR PRUNING SAWS, long handle LOPPERS, WEED WHIPS, MACHETE, and the old manual HEDGE TRIMMER. A pick and shovel could come in handy. Please let Don know you'll be attending.
Harmony Trail Work Party (HT northern terminus, Apr 02, 2006 from 09:00 am to 03:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Spring maintenance on the Harmony Trail. We will be digging out a clogged culvert that crosses the trail. Meet at Route 910 parking area in the valley a half mile west of Route 19, Wexford. Bring shovels and other digging implements if you have them; we have extras but it may not be enough to go around.
Trail Maintenance Seminar (REI Pittsburgh, Mar 22, 2006 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Here in Southwest Pennsylvania we have some of the best trail networks in the country with three National Trails right in our back yard - but they need your help. Bob Tait, the founder of the Butler Outdoor club, and Patty Brunner, Chair of the Baker Trail, will lead this FREE informative clinic aimed to teach you how to get involved and what to expect at your local trail service project. And while you’re at REI, sign up for REI’s Earth Day service project in Frick Park!
Baker Trail Maintenance Day (Milton Loop campground, Mar 11, 2006 from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Help us re-route the Baker Trail! Our plan is to put the trail back down by Mahoning Creek (where it was a long time ago) and keep the road, Rt. 839, marked as an alternative to high waters. There is a good bit of work to do. Bring a lunch, water and lots of layered clothes. The focus will be clearing the trail -- there are a lot of downed trees, so chain saws are welcome. We'll also be collecting lots of trash deposited by high water during recent storms. Blazing is possible if the temperature permits. Contact Patty for more details.

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