|This new rockwork will keep the intermittent stream from turning down the trail|
For years we've been looking for a prospective Eagle Scout to take on the challenge of trail stabilization, and Tom Savarese from Troop 27 rose to the challenge at Birchbank. Bridges and kiosks are favored by Scouts, which is understandable, but trail stabilization is something we really, really need. And as our trail system continues to mature and shows signs of wear, the need for these types of projects will increase.
Along the flat part of Birchbank Trail, which runs parallel to Birchbank Road, there are a series of intermittent streams or gulleys that run straight down the hillside and then cross the trail at right angles. Or at least they used to, before the ATV tracks changed the topography, kicking up so much dirt along the sides that the trail began to intercept these streams. There were times in the spring when a good long stretch of the trail was actually a river and was impossible to walk on unless you had really good waterproof boots. Tom Savarese's project channelized these crossings to stop the water from turning down the trail. He also threw in a nice bench.
|A bench was also added|
|A waterbar intercepts and directs stormwater off the trail|