Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monongahela National Forest Trails Survey

The National Forest Service recently put together a survey for users to give feedback on trails in the Mon National Forest. The survey will be used to help identify maintenance priorities. The forest has over 860 miles of trails and only a small group of employees and volunteers maintaining them. At times, we at TMI have done much of the grunt labor on these trails - trimming branches, rolling 300 lb rocks to create staircases and reduce erosion, or digging through rocky soil to plant signposts. These trails, especially those in the Seneca Creek Backcountry, are vital to The Mountain Institute's school courses. They are the pathways that we use to introduce students to the natural world of the Appalachians. Beyond that, they are the primary access routes into what is one of the most isolated, undeveloped, diverse, and unique areas in the eastern United States.

Those of you who spend time with these trails, here's your chance to give the Forest Service some feedback at http://montrailssurvey.blogspot.com/.

4 comments:

Lee said...

This is a great site. We're thinking of coming that way to backpack the area in mid March. Any idea if this is not such a good idea or can someone tell us what the ground situation might be like- snow, wet from thaw etc.?
Sincerest thanks from Washington DC.

Appalachia Program said...

It's warm and pretty wet right now, but most of the snow has melted away. Typical spring weather around here. Feel free to give us a call (304/567-2632) before you come up this way.

alpine endeavors said...

This is a great site. We're thinking of coming that way to backpack the area in mid March. Any idea if this is not such a good idea or can someone tell us what the ground situation might be like- snow, wet from thaw etc.?

renewd42 said...

This is a great site! My hubby and I, so enjoy walking, taking outdoors pics and enjoying the beauty of our God!! Thanks for sharing!! Can't wait for the warmth...to get out more!!