August 29th – Duke Energy BYOT Work Day

On Friday, August 29th, there will be employees from Duke Energy Company who have chosen to do volunteer trailwork with the HHC as their Day of Service project. We will meet them at Wall Ridge Shelter in Morgan-Monroe State Forest at 9:00 to continue work on a reroute of the Three Lakes Trail.

Because this is a Bring Your Own Tool project, you will need to bring your own lunch and tools. Loppers, hand saws and shovels are useful and those who have Rogue hoes or Pulaskis are certainly encouraged to bring them. Phil will have the chainsaw for those big logs. We will be able to bring some extra tools if you do not have anything at all.

As usual we’ll work until about 3:00 pm, rain or shine, with a break for lunch at noon. Bring gloves and water. It would be helpful if you can R.S.V.P. tomlwilcoxson@sbcglobal.net, even if to state your plans are uncertain. Not sure if you’ll make it until the last minute? We’ll be happy to have you join us anyway!

Morgan-Monroe State Forest is south of Martinsville. Because the back roads are difficult to navigate and often misrepresented on maps, it is recommended that you approach the forest from SR 37, and turn east on a road called Pine Blvd. If coming from the north, Pine Blvd. is 5 miles south of Martinsville. If coming from the south, it is 14 miles north of 3rd Street Exit in Bloomington. Whether coming from the north or south on SR 37, there is a small brown sign on your right, near the top of a large hill, denoting the Pine Blvd. turn-off to Morgan-Monroe State Forest.

After turning east on Pine Blvd., travel about 6/10ths of a mile, and you will come to a stop sign, and merge into another road (a slight right-forward). After another 2 miles, you’ll come to a 3-way intersection with a big sign in the middle, “Morgan Monroe State Forest”. Veer LEFT at this intersection. As soon as you veer left, keep straight ahead on the main road. You’ll immediately see yet another road going down to the left, called Hacker’s Creek Road. Do not take that road, but continue straight ahead. This is “Main Forest Road”. You keep traveling on the Main Forest Road for another 2.75 miles to the Wall Shelter at Bean Blossom Road, which will be on your right.

Here’s a link to a Google Map showing the meeting location:
https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zwnHsJif8NvE.ksaX3ZyObbM8

If the weather looks iffy, check the Recent Posts column on the HHC website and visit the HHC Facebook page for potential cancellation notices. We’ll post these notices by 7:00 am on the day of the event.