Learn to build a ‘Gold Standard’ trail

The Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Chapter of the North Country Trail (NCT) volunteers maintain and build not only the trail but all the structures on local trails. These structures include kiosks, bridges, registration boxes, signs and more. The ANF Chapter of the NCT travels through three counties, McKean, Warren and Forest, and is approximately 100 miles. It is one of more than 30 chapters and spans eight states, from North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, newly added Vermont, with more than 2,600 members and 4,700 miles of trail.

A reroute and combine work shop on how to build Gold Standard Trail according to National Park Service will be the topic at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. Considering how easy it will be to make this re-route, we have decided to also incorporate a “trail construction workshop.” Anyone who wants to learn how to make trail at National Park Service standards should attend. Even with the instructional aspect, it shouldn’t take more than three hours, according to chapter organizer Karen Klos.

The location of the reroute and trail workshop will be north of Henry’s Mill, only a half mile long. Everyone should take lunch, water, good work gloves and good boots. If you have a hard hat, or can get one, bring it along. The coordinators will take all the tools. The group will meet at Henry’s Mill trail-head, on Rt. 666, at 10 a.m. This is open to the public, no need to be a member to participate. Everyone is invited to join in, regardless of skill, ability or knowledge. Either just arrive or, for more information, contact ANF chapter members Josh Schrader at cowboy9682006@yahoo.com, 730-0273 or Keith W. Klos, nct001@verizon.net, 484-7420.