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Bear Alert in Humpback Rocks Area
We wanted to advise you that the Blue Ridge Parkway has experienced a number of bear incidents this weekend, August 6-8, in the Humpback Rocks Picnic Area on the north end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The picnic area itself has been closed for the past week due to bears approaching visitors looking for food. This afternoon, August 7, a bear broke into a car at the Dripping Rock Parking area north of Humpback Rocks. In addition, two hikers along the Appalachian Trail near Humpback Rocks saw two bears which refused to leave the trail. Out of an abundance of caution we would like to implement a trail closure and closure to all camping along the Appalachian Trail between the Paul Wolfe Shelter and Dripping Rock (approximately 9.5 miles). We realize this will be an inconvenience for many hikers using the Appalachian Trail through this area, however, based upon the current bear activity we feel we must err on the side of safety. The National Park Service is in the process of reviewing the alternatives for managing the 2-3 bears we believe responsible for most of the on-going activity.
Any thing you can do to help get the word out about the above closures would be greatly appreciated. We will be posting signs at the effected trail-heads along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Natural Resource Specialist@gmail.com
Big Changes Coming to ODATC Newsletter
The Walker will be undergoing a transformation from its current format over the next few months. Although the Walker has traditionally been the depository for all the events, hikes, etc., as well as news articles and the President’s message, it will be changing focus to emphasize more news articles, and stories submitted by the ODATC members and information relevant to ATC. Since the Walker began, we have added the ODATC website, which carries all the events on a calendar and provides a quick view of upcoming events. This page on the website will now be the primary source for events, maintenance and hiking trips.
The Walker will be published quarterly, featuring news articles regarding the ATC, ODATC and other aspects of promoting the outdoors. We welcome articles, stories, poems, etc. that the membership would like to share. The new Walker format is scheduled to begin with the September issue. Therefore, you will not see a July/August issue this year. Another change to the Walker will be the elimination of the hard copy version. We determined that 95% of our membership have access and utilize the ODATC website. It also continues to be an asset for attracting new members. The Walker will continue to be accessed on the website under the NEWSLETTER link. These PDF files can easily be downloaded and printed. <http://www.olddominiontrailclub.onefireplace.org/page-756885>
We want to continue to promote new hikes and hike leaders by publishing hikes, trail maintenance trips, and other scheduled events on the ODATC website. Our Activities Chairpersons, Jim Hunt and Ted McGarry, will continue to receive hike notices from our hike leaders, but instead of waiting for every 2nd month, the hike leaders may submit their entry at any time to Jim and it will be posted on the Event Calendar on the Website immediately. <http://www.olddominiontrailclub.onefireplace.org/page-657538>
This will be a very exciting transformation that will make the Walker a relevant and newsworthy publication.
To submit activities, hiking events, etc, continue to email them to Jim Hunt or Ted McGarry at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To submit news articles, stories, etc. for the Walker, continue to email them to Brooks Godwin at: odatc.newsletter
MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Wilderness Medical School
MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Wilderness Medical School is being offered in Virginia in numerous areas in the coming months. This course is a Disaster + Wilderness First Aid certification course for adults, and focused youths ages 12+. It is a hands-on course that will teach you how to care for an injured / ill person during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance / hospital arrival. A blend of classroom instruction and hands-on rescue scenario practice is offered. This course is approved by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Girl Scouts of the USA, American Camping Association (ACA), University of Virginia. Click here to view the email announcement and here to view the flyer. Click here to register for the course.
Members Encouraged to Use the Website Photo Album Feature
Members may upload photos for viewing by everyone. To upload the photos, from the site Home page, click on "Photo Album" on the left menu bar. Next, click the <Upload Photos> button and then the <Choose File> buttons (up to 5 images may be selected at a time), browse on your local computer to locate and select the image(s), and then click on the <upload> button.
After the images are uploaded, a caption to the photo may be optionally entered or the photo can be deleted. To add a caption, click on the image in the album and then click the link underneath the photo that says "Add Caption".
To delete the photo, click on the photo in the album and click the <Delete photo> button.
Appalachian Trail Limits of Stay
The U.S. Forest Service has established new limits of stay regulations at all Appalachian National Scenic Trail (Appalachian Trail) shelters, as well as one campsite and two overnight sites within the southern region. Overnight stays at all of the southern region Appalachian Trail shelters, Davis Path Overnight Site, Davis Farm Overnight Site, and Wayah Bald Shelter Camp are now limited to three days within a 30-day period.
For more detailed information about this regulation, refer to: Southern Region Closure Order and Final Decision Notice - Limits of Stay on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
Club Member Actively Promoting the Club Through Twitter
Kim R of our club has been trying to get the word out about Twitter to our members in case any of them use it? The club name is @odatclub
ODATC and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Our website has created a new web page dedicated on updating people on the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline and its impact to the AT and the Federal Parks and Forests. You may access the new web page on the menu on to the left of the website home page or click here.
Support the Land and Water Conservation Fund
In the past, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been a major source of funds to acquire land for the A.T. Recently, LWCF funds have been used to purchase the Campbell tract (NBATC) and the Rocky Fork Tract in the Cherokee NF (TN). Historically, the LWCF was used to purchase much of the land now owned by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. If you want to get a broader view of the use of LWCF go to http://wilderness.org/mapping-land-and-water-conservation-fund-lwcf
Now, Congress is considering terminating LWCF.
LWCF is entirely funded by revenues from the depletion of one natural resource – offshore oil and gas – to support the conservation of another precious resource – our land and water. Every year, $900 million in royalties paid by energy companies drilling for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) are supposed to be put into this fund.
LWCF provides funds to create and protect national parks, areas around rivers and lakes, national forests, and national wildlife refuges from development, and to provide matching grants for state and local parks and recreation projects.Most years, much of the money has been diverted to other uses. And now, some in Congress want to allow that authorization to expire.
What you can do:
Thank you for your support and for being a part of an Appalachian Trail Club.
Southwest and Central Virginia Regional Partnership Committee
Stay tuned for new and exciting website changes.. coming soon!
Recent blog posts
Sad Farewell to Good Friend Bob Reid
SANDSTON - Robert Earl "Bob" Reid, 82, of Sandston, VA made his final ascent to the mountain summit in life's sojourn on Sunday, June 19, 2016, and now has a vista from heaven. He was comfortable and surrounded by his loving family. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years as an aviation structural mechanic. Bob received a BA from East Carolina University (formerly East Carolina Teachers College) and a Master's Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Guidance and Counseling. He retired from Henrico County Public Schools after 30 years of service and afterwards hiked the Appalachian Trail twice (2100+ miles from Springer Mountain, GA to Mt. Katahdin, ME). He continued to help maintain the AT from Georgia to New York for the next 23 years. Bob was a member of the Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club and loved his devoted Appalachian Trail family. Bob loved socializing and talked to everyone, especially little children. He was known for being helpful, loving and generous. Bob and his great stories will definitely be missed by all who knew him. He coached the Mets Little League baseball team, served as president of the Sandston Football league and also umpired Lassie League games. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Peggy; daughters, Barbara Reid of Richmond, VA, and Lissie Girard (Art) of Richmond; son, Steve Reid (Amy); grandchildren, Tyler, Kelly and Parker Reid from Kernersville, NC, Lee Girard (Laura) of Richmond, VA, Tom, Greg and Kevin Martin of North Carolina; three great-grandchildren, Austin, Leland and George Girard; sister, Ann Wilson from Ayden, NC; sister-in-law, Jackie Dugan (Waymond) from Yuma, AZ; niece, Kacie Dugan Colorado (Fabian); nephew, Jonathan Dugan of Tucson, AZ; great nephew, Jax Colorado from Georgia; and a number of nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Lowell Foster and Maebell Riggs Reid and a sister, Elizabeth Hardee of Greenville, NC. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Hospice of Virginia at Retreat Hospital for their compassionate care of Bob and his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Appalachian Trail Conservancy, P.O. Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 or online at appalachiantrail.org./home/ways-to-give/gift-in-memory-of. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23231 followed by a celebration of life service on Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/reflector/ obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=
L.L. Bean and Scout Troop 760 make Rockfish Gap Kiosk a reality!
In 2013 ODATC identified the need for a kiosk at Rockfish Gap to provide maps and services information to through hikers and day hikers as there were no information portals on the AT for over 20 miles in either direction. In 2014 ODATC was successful in obtaining a grant from the ATC’s “L.L. Bean Grants to A.T. Clubs” program for the project’s construction and development of kiosk maps and other information content. The ATC has awarded more than half a million dollars in grants to ATC clubs through the L.L. Bean Grants to A.T. clubs since 1982.
Working with the National Park Service (NPS) ODATC secured the federal authorizations to install the kiosk later in 2014 and thanks to Richard Brett, ODATC member and Scoutmaster, was able to partner with James Scott of Boy Scout Troop 760 to construct the Kiosk as his Eagle Scout project. James and other scouts completed the construction and installation of the kiosk in August 2015. ODATC’s land manager, Karl Huber, developed the maps for the kiosk and oversaw their printing and in November 2015 the installation of the maps and other information material was complete.
A big “Thank You!” to L.L. Bean, NPS, Richard Brett, James Scott, Karl Huber and all the other partners that made the Rockfish Gap Kiosk a reality! To view the pictures, click here.
Rockfish to Reeds Gap Trail Maintenance Blog
If you are interested in more information regarding ODATC trail maintenance efforts, please view our blog at:
Hike Selection List Now Available
Hike Leaders wishing to consider a new list of potential club hikes are invited to view the new list under the "Member-Only" section of the website or click here. The list can also be downloaded for local handling.
West Virginia University Hiring Part-timers to Conduct Recreation Surveys on the George Washington - Jefferson National Forest
The GWJ is entering an agreement with West Virginia University to conduct our required National Visitor Use Monitoring surveys (NVUM). WVU will hire local people throughout the GWJ geographic area for part-time work conducting on-the-ground surveys of recreationists exiting the national forest. Training will occur in late August or September; surveys begin in October and will run through September 2016. A job description is attached.
If you know a volunteer, past intern or summer temp, retiree, relative, neighbor or anyone who would be a good fit for this type of work, please share this with them. Primarily, candidates need to be reliable, have good communication and interaction skills and be comfortable working alone, sometimes at remote sites. Being familiar with the location of GWJ roads, rec sites and trailheads is a plus.
For those interested, the contact information is provided in the attached job description. Your help spreading the word about this is greatly appreciated. This is an important project for the GWJ.
Ginny Williams, Landscape Architect
Developed Recreation, Volunteer & Service Programs
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests
5162 Valleypointe Parkway
Roanoke, VA 24019-3050
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