Sustainable trail stewardship in Pisgah National Forest
May 22,2022

Sustainable trail stewardship in Pisgah National Forest

Pisgah Area SORBA's (PAS) mission is to build, maintain, and advocate for off-road trails to help provide access for recreational outdoor activities. The North Carolina organization is run by volunteers who dedicate themselves to working on various trails. They perform a wide variety of services, including but not limited to benching, building bridges, and grade reversals.

Sustainable trail stewardship in Pisgah National Forest

Our Trail Trust funds were used to purchase a new walk-behind skid steer, a multi-purpose machine that allows volunteers to move heavy material (i.e. rock and dirt), grade trails, clear drains, and more. It will have a major impact on the amount and quality of work they can get done in the Pisgah Ranger District, Bent Creek Experimental Forest, and Richmond Hill Park where plans for even more new trails are already underway. Board Member Douglas Miller shared, "The grant helped us purchase a critical piece of equipment that will provide many years of service towards the goal of sustainable trail stewardship in our region."

Sustainable trail stewardship in Pisgah National Forest

Our Fletcher, North Carolina, facility has partnered with PAS for many years, having adopted a local trail. They usually arrange around four volunteer days a year. A group of nearly 20 employees recently went out to Spencer Branch Trail to assist with drainage. They also trimmed the trees along the trail to help with creating a safer environment for bikers. The volunteers concluded the day with a friendly bonding experience around the bonfire.

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