Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, May 2, 2011

Earth Day - Clean Up Day Volunteers Blaze The Way

The success of our trail depends on volunteers like the ones who showed up for the clean up at our trail head, and all over the Ligonier Valley last Saturday. We were all fortunate to have a dry, sunny day to work. Half our team spent the first part of the morning bagging glass, cans, car parts, house parts and all sorts of rubbish, that had been dumped, sometimes by the bagful, on the property. The other half of the team began blazing a path through grapevine wrapped brambles and saplings.
Jason, above, managed to break his loppers in the process, but everyone brought tools to share, and a machete continued the work.
As the morning progressed, we collected about eight bags of loose garbage, a wheelbarrow full of car parts, a small pile of lumber and bricks, and three large piles of cuttings.
By noon we had a continuous path to the rail bed and a fantastic view of Kananga Farm (formerly the Marker Farm). Several roots and stumps will require more muscle or larger machines, but we finally have an inkling of the beautiful potential of this property.
Another great clean up job by Jason and Shelley Wojciechowski, Marsha Peterson, Dave and Casey Tetkoski, and Rose Stepnick.
Thanks to Susan Parker who called all the "Friends" to put together our team.
Thanks to the Loyalhanna Watershed Association for organizing this event.

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