Trail work at Boulevard Woods, Sun., Feb 19, 10am to noon

We’re getting there. About 80 percent of the trail at Boulevard Woods is done. We could use your help this Sunday, Feb. 19 from 10 am to noon to work on the final stretch.
If you want to dig, please wear hardy toe-covering shoes. We’ve got the tools, but feel free to bring your own pulaski or mattock or fire rake, if you’ve got one of those. We’ve got a few spare pairs of gloves and safety glasses, too. We’ll show you what to do and where to do it. We’ll have a cooler of water on hand.
If digging seems a bit much, then we can certainly use your help picking-up trash. We’ll supply litter grab-its and buckets.

Early Spring Digging and Cleaning this Sunday (Feb. 12)

As you may know, we’re creating a trail at Boulevard Woods and could use a little help with digging and trash pick-up. If you’re up for it, please join us this Sunday, February 12 from 10 am to 12 noon.

If you want to dig, please wear hardy toe-covering shoes. We’ve got the tools, but feel free to bring your own pulaski or mattock or fire rake, if you’ve got one of those. We’ve got a few spare pairs of gloves and safety glasses, too. We’ll show you what to do and where to do it. We’ll have a cooler of water on hand.

If digging seems a bit much, then we can certainly use your help picking-up trash. We’ll supply litter grab-its and buckets.

Please email Dan Lorentz at lorentz.d@gmail.com if you can make it.

Trail digging gets started, makes rapid progress

Volunteers digging the trail at Boulevard Woods, including Walker Harmon (foreground), Brian Cooke (middle), and Alex White (way back there).

Wow. Christine Traini, trails and open space supervisor for Athens-Clarke County’s Leisure Services Department, guesses that volunteers dug out about 25 percent of the whole proposed trail at Boulevard Woods on the first day of digging—a training day.

Eight volunteers gathered Sunday, Jan. 29 for a quick training session on trail digging techniques, and promptly got to work. Soft soil conditions, a good, cool working temperature and lots of energy all contributed to getting more of the trail corridor dug out than initially anticipated.

Thanks to volunteers Walker Harmon, Carla Francis, Brian Cooke, Tom Keene, Brian Irwin, Dan Lorentz, Jerry Daniel and Alex White for getting so much done. And thanks to Christine Traini for providing the training.

More work days will be scheduled soon. Stay tuned.

CANCELLED: Trail digging to resume Sat. Jan. 21

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Today’s volunteer trail digging work session has been cancelled. We will reschedule soon. 

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After a long holiday break, trail digging will start-up again at Boulevard Woods.

The corridor has been cleared, and—with the ground now nice and soft—it’s time to dig the trail bed. We’re looking for about 10 folks to help us over the next few weeks to complete the work.

Christine Traini, trails and open space supervisor for ACC Leisure Services, will offer a refresher course on trail digging techniques this Saturday, January 21 from 10 am to noon at the park.

Please join us if you can. And if you happen to own a pulaski, a mattock or fire rake, bring it with you. We’ve got some tools to share, and safety glasses We’ll supply water and snacks. Wear gloves and hardy toe-covering shoes. (And pants and shirt, of course.)

Email Dan Lorentz at lorentz.d@gmail.com if you can make it.

Trail digging training session is set

The trail corridor at Boulevard Woods is cleared; now–with cooler temperatures coming–it’s time to dig the trail bed.

We need volunteers for this work, which will involve the use of pulaskis, adzes, mattocks and other interestingly-named tools to remove stumps, create drainage channels, level the ground.

If you’re up for this task, please join us Saturday, October 1 from 2 pm to 3 pm at the park for a training session on how to dig trails.

Christine Traini, trails and open space supervisor for ACC Leisure Services, will lead the training session.

Email Dan Lorentz at lorentz.d@gmail.com if you can make it.

 

More crew leaders trained

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Tom Keene, Marci White and Elizabeth Howard became crew leaders for the trail corridor clearing project at Boulevard Woods after a training session Wednesday afternoon led by Weed Warrior Gary Crider (brandishing both hand saw and loppers).

Training for trail-building supervisors begins

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Gary Crider, implacable foe of invasive plants and experienced trail-builder, began training people on Saturday, June 18 to serve as supervisors for a trail corridor clearing project at Boulevard Woods.

The first class of trailblazer supervisor cadets (pictured above, from left to right) included Kelly Kuppersmith, Debbie Kuppersmith, Nick Hinson and Jerry Daniel. (That’s Gary, with the yellow gloves, holding the branch; cadet Dan Lorentz (not pictured) took the photo.)

A new trail network for Boulevard Woods has been approved by Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department. Designed by Walt Cook, the indefatigable trailblazer who created Cook’s Trail along Sandy Creek among many other trails in Athens, the Boulevard Woods trail now needs volunteers to serve as supervisors to other volunteers to clear the trail corridor.

This project will take many hours to complete. We are hoping to recruit four-to-five additional people to serve as supervisors because we want to offer a variety of times and days for people to work on the trail-clearing project and we don’t want just two or three people being responsible for supervising all of it.

Stay tuned to learn of upcoming training sessions for supervisors and—soon—for corridor clearing work days.

Trail-building supervisors needed for Boulevard Woods

A new trail network for Boulevard Woods has been approved by Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department. (The trail was designed by Walt Cook, the indefatigable trailblazer who created Cook’s Trail along Sandy Creek among many other trails.)

Now, we need volunteer help to build the trails.

As a first step, what we need is a corps of folks willing to be trained in how to clear a trail corridor and to serve on a rotating basis over the coming weeks to supervise other volunteers in trail corridor work.

If you’re willing and able to serve as a supervisor, please RSVP to lorentz.d@gmail.com and join us this Saturday, June 18, from 10 am to 12 noon at Boulevard Woods Park (298 Barber St.) for a training session.

Gary Crider, a longtime Boulevard Woods volunteer and supporter and a champion Weed Warrior, will be leading the training session. You’ll learn—with some hands-on practice–how to clear a trail corridor and how to identify and remove invasive plants.

Please wear close-toed shoes, long pants, long sleeves, garden gloves. Bring some insect repellent and a refillable water bottle. We’ll supply tools, water and snacks. Be ready to sign a volunteer waiver, too.

See you at Boulevard Woods on Saturday!

Sunday Afternoon Ramble at Boulevard Woods

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About thirty people (if you include children) and two dogs enjoyed a walk through the nature trail at Boulevard Woods late Sunday afternoon. They (the people, at least) also enjoyed cups of hot-chocolate, homemade cookies and the company of neighbors and friends at an event organized by Boulevard Woods volunteers.

If you haven’t been to the Boulevard Woods site lately and walked the loop trail through the park, please come and see the progress we’re making.

Here are a few more snapshots from Sunday’s event:

 

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Thanks to Rivers Alive Volunteers

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A crew of volunteers from the Rivers Alive project (most are in this photo) hauled out a massive amount of brush on Saturday, October 15 to help clear a looped trail at the site. They also picked-up several bags of trash and recycling.

Rivers Alive is a volunteer effort focused on keeping waterways (and areas like Boulevard Woods which are near waterways) clean. The annual event is organized by Hands On Northeast Georgia, with lots of help from Athens-Clarke Co. 

Volunteers included: Marci White, Laura Hill, Paige Olmstead, Paula Schwanenflugel, Lora Loke, Luke Worsham, Dan Lorentz, Allison Lewis, Maddi Lewis, Evan Lewis, Mark Davis, Hillary Barber, Alvin Angulo, Margo Rothstein, Eric Heil, Lori Ringhand and at least three others who neglected to sign-in.  Thanks everyone!

We also owe thanks to: Mel Cochran, Ellison Fielder, Stacy Smith, Stacee Farrell from Athens-Clarke Co. for their help in the Rivers Alive event; to Greg Denzin of G&G Landscape Design who loaned wheelbarrows and tools for our use; and–as always–to Ms Ida Mae Griffin, who generously allows us to use her driveway.