Spooky Beaver Update – 10-17-2019

Spooky Beavers: 

1.  LAST SCHEDULED SPOOKY BEAVER CREW OUTING FOR 2019:  Is on Saturday, November 9.  Meet at the usual place by 9:00 a.m.    Note, if you have a lot of water diversions on your trail section that need to be cleared and regraded prior to winter, this would be a good time to ask for help.  If you’d like the crew to help out on your trail section, let me know ASAP so I can make sure we have the right gear and materials. 

2. TRAIL BUILDING AT WIDEWATER STATE PARK:  See below for a request for trail building assistance from Widewater State Park in Stafford,  VA.  PATC is also looking for someone to coordinate the work with the park staff.  Drop me a note if you’re interested, and I can hook you up with the park staff or others in PATC that you might work with. 

3.  THANKS:  For all you do to keep the PWFP paths safe for hikers and other visitors. 

Mark Ellis
PATC District Manager
Prince William Forest Park

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From: John Stacy <john.e.stacy@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2019 7:35 PM
To: John Stacy <john.e.stacy@gmail.com>; John Stacy <jstacy@patc.net>
Subject: Widewater State Park

Hi PATC Trails Leaders –

We have heard from the Chief Ranger, visitor experience, from the new Widewater State Park.  The park is located in Stafford, VA, with 1200 acres of Potomac shore wetlands.  They have an existing one mile of improved trail.  They are asking for help to complete a new 1.3 – 1.6 mile trail.  The corridor is mostly cleared and tread work remains.  Their seasonals have left for school and the few remaining staff could really use some help to continue progress.  If you are interested in helping out, please let me know and I’ll send you the contact info.  You can also check out the park yourself – they have a visitor center open 8-4 pm daily and a website at the link below. 

https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/widewater

It may be of interest that there is a managed deer hunt there this Wednesday and Thursday.  There will be up to 10 hunters with lots of safety measures.

The park ranger would welcome help but would also welcome advice.  If you know of another group that might take this on we can certainly help them out that way as well.

John Stacy
Supervisor of Trails
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

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