DNR Shines a Spotlight on Gunpowder Falls State Park Volunteers


National Public Lands Day

Volunteer Trail Workers
Saturday, September 26, 2009

Photo collage of Gunpowder Falls State Park Volunteers on National Public Lands Day, 2009

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On Saturday, September 26th, National Public Lands Day, a group of 10 volunteers joined park staff as we worked on construction of a new trail to replace a very eroded section of the Highland Trail at Gunpowder Falls State Park.


The work specifically entailed bench cutting a new trail by hand using sustainable design and construction techniques. Some rock armoring and cribbing was done as well. This new section of trail will minimize erosion of the entire surrounding environment and provide users with a more enjoyable experience as they use the new path for years to come.


Work began at 10am and we worked until 1pm. The group of volunteers received on-site training and did an outstanding job considering some of them had never done this type of work before. The volunteers who participated in this service project were: Aletris and Alberto Vasquez, Ben Cobb, Rebecca Cobb, Jerry Fonshell, Julie VanCampen, Bill Chambers, Tom Breen, Gina Stone, and Terry Barron. Staff on site Jen Cashell, Nancy Lease, and Tom Bradley. Special recognition should given to Jerry Fonshell, a regular Trail Crew volunteer from our park, who stepped up and lent his trail building experience and expertise to fellow volunteers helping this project be the success that it was.


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Jen Cashell


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