August 1, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Representatives of the Buckeye Trail Association will lead a workshop on utilizing native rock in trail construction as we work on the AOA Demonstration site trail.

Come learn how to use native sandstone to create natural rock structures that last a lifetime. Andrew Bashaw of the Buckeye Trail Association (BTA) will teach us how to use a highline to pick up 1-ton boulders and place them right where we want them for use as trail support. Andrew will focus on building an in-trail staircase to traverse a steep slope. We’ll learn how to work smarter, not harder when working with rock.

Designed and laid out by the BTA staff, the Demonstration Site upland trail winds through and highlights a variety of Hocking Hills landscapes including a native plant prairie, old growth, hemlock forest, sandstone outcrops, wetlands and streams. The completed trail is a new visitor amenity that enhances the nature-based education and outreach purposes of our Demonstration Site.

This is the fourth in a series of trail workshops sponsored jointly by AOA and the BTA, one of AOA’s community partners. The Rock Use in Trail Building Workshop is part of the Buckeye Trail Adopter Training Series. Please contact Barry at volunteer@buckeyetrail.org for more information on BTA trail workshops.

Meet at the parking area on the AOA Demonstration Site on Bailey Road in Rockbridge. The workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts until 3:00 p.m. Bring your lunch and your appreciation of spending the time to do quality work we’ll be proud of. Drinks will be provided by AOA.

This trail-building workshop and other AOA events are free and open to the public. This event will be held rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather as well as trail and rock work. Tools and work gloves will be provided by The Buckeye Trail Association and AOA.

Rain Date – only if really bad weather is expected – Sunday, August 2. We will send an email notice if the event is rescheduled to the rain date and post it on the AOA website.

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