Lehigh Portland Trails Work Day February 14th

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Trail LoveThe Lehigh Portland Trails are hosting a public work day on February 14th, 2015. Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day, so don’t forget to show your trails a little love!

Our February 7th workday proved very successful, with over a dozen volunteers coming out to help cut and drag brush along the backbone trail route.

A local volunteer brought out his skid-steer, and is letting us borrow it for a time. This machine can make short work of rough trail-clearing with its power saw, shear, and grapple bucket attachments.

We’ve now cleared about 70% of the route of the main backbone trail, and have another two-tenths of a mile or so to go before we reach the old railroad grades, where the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) and Missouri Pacific (MoPac) spurs ran.

Once the main backbone route is cleared, we’ll begin work on the routes that will eventually become sidetrails off the backbone. These routes include the old rail lines, the west quarry road, and the former county roads on the east side of the property.

Suffice it to say, that while we’ve made significant progress so far, there is much left to clear!

Here are some photos from last weekend’s work party:

Lehigh Portland Trails 2015-02-07

Lehigh Portland Trails 2015-02-07

Lehigh Portland Trails 2015-02-07

If you’re able to help on February 14th, you can park at the eastern trailhead, at the corner of 1600th and Nebraska Road (see map / streetview), and follow the main trail back to the worksite, a distance of just over a half mile. Bring work clothes, including gloves, head protection, and eye protection. We’ll have the Trail in a Box on site, with hand and power tools, but please feel free to bring your own tools if you like.

For more information, please contact Damaris Kunkler, Thrive’s Program Director, at (620) 365-8128 or damaris.kunkler@thriveallencounty.org.