04.05.10

Volunteers Needed to Assist with Stream crossing Improvements at Eagles Nest Equestrian Trails

Posted in Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen, Volunteerism at 9:40 am by Thomas

Harrodsburg, KY, April 4, 2010 – Members and friends of the Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen (Ft. Harrod BCH) are converging on Eagle’s Nest Equestrian Trails in Harrodsburg on April 10 – 11, 2010 to repair water crossings.

The group of central Kentucky equestrian trails enthusiasts has been instrumental in maintaining trails at both Eagles Nest and Shaker Village since their inception two years ago.

The upcoming work weekend will focus on rebuilding two creek crossings to properly maintain water flow and reduce erosion and mud.  The project requires rock and other materials which are being purchased through a grant from the Tractor Supply Company and the American Quarter Horse Association.

Heavy equipment including a bobcat and tractor will be used to transport rock to the work areas and do the strenuous digging.  Volunteers are needed to back dig the crossings, shovel rock, and perform other related tasks.  Greenline Implement of Danville is donating the use of a used tractor for the weekend.  Regular Eagles Nest camper, Brad Rogers of Nelson County, will supply and operate the bobcat.

Ft. Harrod BCH members, Dennis Blackburn the Eagles Nest Trail Boss and Cory Bloyd of Watermark Construction, planned the trail crossing improvements in accordance with practices employed by nationally renowned trail design expert, Mike Riter.  Both Blackburn and Bloyd completed an intense course of study on building and maintaining sustainable trails with Riter.

“We are very fortunate to have members with trail master certification which qualifies them to develop plans for sustainable trail improvements,” said Ft. Harrod BCH President, Brian Rogers. “We’re asking anyone who rides at or enjoys Eagles Nest to bring their tampers, shovels, and wheelbarrows and support this important improvement.”

The work weekend is scheduled on Saturday April 10, 2010 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a potluck lunch and on Sunday from 1-5 p.m.  In the event of rainfall the work weekend may be postponed.  To volunteer or for more information contact trail boss, Dennis Blackburn, at 859-613-2665 or hardrockfarm@gmail.com.

The Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen is a local affiliate of the Back Country Horsemen of America.  The member based association of trail enthusiasts works in Central Kentucky to develop and maintain sustainable trails, build land use relationships, and provide educational opportunities.  For more information or to join the Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen visit www.kybch.com or contact Brian Rogers at rogers1822@roadrunner.com or 859-806-8267.