M-DTS at Recent Code Orange Event

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The Mason-Dixon Trail System recently participated in a Code Orange event at Gifford Pinchot State Park, PA on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Code Orange is the name given to various Trail Care events in PA organized by the Keystone Trails Association (KTA). The event was co-sponsored by the Friends of Pinchot State Park (FPSP).

Representatives from the M-DTS included Jim Hooper, Tim Schmidt, Mike Calabrese and Tom Morley. There also were 2 people from the KTA, 2 people from the FPSP and 5 DCNR employees working at this event. Our work consisted of rehabilitating about 300 feet of the Mason Dixon Trail between the park campground and PA177.

This job consisted of clearing vegetation and trees, relocating portions of the trail, putting down a layer of crushed stone, putting down a black clothlike base to inhibit moisture and weed growth, then putting down a layer of connected plastic circular disks with nail holes called Geo Tech, using huge nails to hammer the Geo Tech in place and finally putting down a layer of crushed stone to cover all of the previous layers. The process adds height to the trail, keeps it from getting flooded and eroded, eliminates the roots on the trail and makes for a better hiking/running experience. We also constructed a culvert with a 'mini bridge' over it.

It rained on and off all day and at varying intensities making for a challenging work environment. But we persevered and got the job done. Thanks to Ranger Bob Deffner for his guidence and working along with us. And thanks to Steve Stroman of KTA and FPSP for organizing this event. The FPSP served all of us workers a fantastic meal after the event. This made all of our hard work worth it. A big thanks to FPSP!

More Images from this event are in our Photo Gallery
Geo Tech, base fabric and crushed stone
  Geo Tech, base fabric and crushed stone.
  By Betsy Leppo
Mini bridge and culvert
  Mini bridge and culvert.
  By Betsy Leppo
Tom Morley and chainsaw
  Tom Morley and chainsaw.
  By Betsy Leppo

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