Monday, September 17, 2007

More on National Public Lands Day

HELP WANTED!
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY

Far North Bicentennial Park/Hillside Trail Signage and Kiosk Project
Saturday, September 29th
Meet at 8:30 a.m.
North end of Hilltop Ski Area Parking Lot
Please sign in and identify yourself as a Singletrack Advocate

Bring brushing tools, shovels or battery operated drills.
Leaders: Gordon Wetzel and Brian Looney
Help install kiosk materials, cut and set posts and mount trail signs that inform users of the name of trail, winter use, a locator map, and the distances to nearest trail heads. This project effort is Phase 2 of improving trail & park safety through better trail signage and improved trailhead kiosks that the trail user coalition was successful in getting support from Alaska State Parks, the Anchorage Park Foundation and user groups.

FREE LUNCH PARTY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING AT 12:30
BLM Campbell Creek Science Center

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

National Public Lands Day

Note: We have two new posts today. Please continue scrolling down for information on changes to the Coyote Trail.

Saturday, September 29th is National Public Lands Day.
Parks and Recreation, BLM, Trail Watch and Far North Trails Advisory Committee will be conducting trail improvement projects in Far North Bicentennial Park, BLM Campbell Tract and on the Northern Lights Trail.

Northern Lights Trail will undergo a safety makeover effort between Goose Lake Park and East High School led by Trail Watch focusing on finishing 2 segments along the trail opening up the visibility into the park similar to early projects on Chester Creek, Russian Jack Springs and Abbott Road Multi Use trails. Volunteers will thin and brush back alders and trees 30-40 ft along the trail corridor at two work segments primarily on the south side of the trail and remove deadfall found immediately adjacent to the trail in this crime and fire prevention effort. This important East Anchorage trail link is used by all including skiers, bikers, skijors, walkers, runners, ASD / UAA students and commuters.

If you can help with the Northern Lights Trail Watch Safety Makeover project, please assemble at the Goose Lake Park parking lot between 8:15am – 8:30am. Tools will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring loppers and brushing tools if they have them. Some chainsaw work may also be needed on this project.

The Far North / Hillside Trail System Safety Sign Project will complete the installation of “You are Here” trail posts and signage at critical intersections and junctions led by members of the Far North Trails Advisory Committee. Volunteers will help install kiosk materials, cut and set posts and mount trail signs that inform users of the name of trail, winter use, a locator map, and the distances to nearest trail heads. This project effort is Phase 2 of improving trail & park safety through better trail signage and improved trailhead kiosks that the trail user coalition was successful in getting support from Alaska State Parks, the Anchorage Park Foundation and user groups.

If you can help with the Far North / Hillside Trail System Safety Sign post project, please assemble at the north end of the Hilltop / Far North Trailhead parking lot between 8:30am – 9am. Volunteers are encouraged to bring brushing tools, shovels or rakes, and battery operated drills if they have them to help in setting the “You are Here” posts and creating a good line of sight around the posts.

BLM will be organizing a series of work projects on Campbell Tract, including hardening Lore Road Trail, re-vegetating the west airstrip wing, planting trees and thinning the island at Campbell Airstrip Trailhead, landscaping at the science center and brushing and signing work on portions of the new Campbell Airstrip National Recreation Trail.

If you can help with the Campbell Tract projects, please assemble at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center (6881 Abbott Loop Road) between 8:30am – 9am. All tools will be provided.

All projects will begin to wrap-up around 12:15 – 12:30pm and ALL volunteers are invited to a thank you pizza lunch and Science Center’s Annual Open House at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center beginning at 12:45 pm. Attendees will be able to learn about the Center’s upcoming programs, enjoy interactive energy-related games, and see a bald eagle release and more.

Hope you can join other trail enthusiasts Saturday, September 29 and be part of these efforts and this Take Pride in America event. For further information you can call the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center at 267-1247 or John McCleary of Park & Recreation at 343-4296.

Changes on Coyote Trail

The BLM is replacing the bridge over Little Campbell Creek on Coyote
Trail (Tour of Anchorage). The work started in early September and is
being staged at the Abbott Loop Community Park Trailhead. To help
haul materials to the worksite, the contractor widened and smoothed
the hill below the trailhead. With the heavy rains that followed,
that section of trail is very muddy.

Trail users should avoid this trailhead as an access point until the
ground dries or freezes. An alternative would be to enter the trails
at the Lore Road Trailhead, just north of the Abbott Loop trailhead.
There's no parking right now, but one could park at the Abbott Loop
parking lot and ride north on the road until just past Lore.
Smokejumper Trailhead is another option.

A temporary bridge is being used while the new bridge is installed,
but trail users should try to avoid that stretch of trail if possible.