Volunteers sought for Appalachian Trail work day SaturdayPublished 8:48am Thursday, July 24, 2014
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is seeking volunteers to participate in a work project at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Walnut Mountain open area along the Appalachian Trail on the North Carolina/Tennessee border.
Carpooling to Walnut Mountain is available, and those interested should meet at 8 a.m. at the ATC’s Southern Regional Office parking lot, by the U.S. Forest Service Office at 160 Zillicoa St. in Asheville.
During the workday, participants will clear brush with chainsaws, bladed trimmers and hand tools. U.S. Forest Service chainsaw certification is required to operate chainsaws, but non-certified volunteers are also needed to mow smaller brush and move small diameter logs for future trail construction. Additional work tasks include removing invasive exotic plants and maintaining the foot trail.
The ATC will provide all equipment needed for the workday, including personal protective equipment. Volunteers are asked to wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy hiking boots or shoes. Participants should also bring a lunch and at least two quarts of water. Those who carpool will return to Asheville by 5 p.m.