This past week several SFWDA volunteers met with the National Forest Service Ranger and Engineering Manager representative; Valencia Morris regarding the design and construction parameters in building new trails at Beasley Knob OHV area. This is all part of an ongoing effort in accordance with review of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant project. SFWDA representatives present included Kevin Sutz, President, Georgia Bounty Runners; Curtis Barnhardt, Land Use Representative Beasley Knob OHV area and member of Georgia Bounty Runners; and Ray Stanley, President, Southern Four Wheel Drive Association.
Here a a few key notes & discussion topics from the meeting;
- Include the use of native Appalachian stone to harden surfaces and direct water flows off trails
- Walking inspection of a new trail that will extend the total miles within Beasley Knob OHV
- RTP Grant work will include additional loop trails to connect existing trails
- Construction work moving fast in order to allow Winter stabilization before opening in April 2015
- Walking inspection of several existing trails and hardening efforts in critical areas