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    On your next hike, spare a thought for the trail builders who made it possible

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    Sept 15, 2021 | You don’t see them as you kick through the leaves on your hike. You won’t see them as you squeeze through an inviting crevice between two boulders to discover what’s beyond. Don’t look for them as you pedal toward a perfectly placed berm or you may tumble off your bike. Just know that the people responsible for the thrilling ride and the beckoning passageway, the people who plan where you will step and what you will view — they see you. These trail workers are the unseen architects guiding your interaction with the great outdoors.

    Source: The Washington Post

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    Drains, Bridges, Mud, and More Mud

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    July 2021 | The biggest project we did was create a switchback around a ton of fallen brush. We had to make a couple of rock steps and renaturalize the old trail. Because it was the last week, we also had to do the final derig. It’s cool to look back on what all we have done, but that also makes it harder to leave this crew.

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    Youth Crew Knocks Out Projects in the Ocoee

    July 2021 | During the first week of work, our group spent most of our time working in or around water. We built two different water crossings, working as a team to move rocks into place, building stepping stones across the streams.

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    Boardwalks and Barbeques at Natchez Trace

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    July 22, 2021 | The bridge replacement project was especially interesting for me because of the ecological reasoning behind it. Our project partner wanted to use native timber to form the base of the new bridge, so we helped him by removing the bark from the trees that would be used.

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    This is Your Captain Speaking

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    June 7, 2021 | Then the real work began: we grabbed towels and knelt down on hands and knees to slowly and evenly scrape away centimeter after centimeter of soil, working steadily downwards in-depth and backward through time.

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    "The most powerful and unpredictable of elemental forces"

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    March 16, 2021 | What I enjoy most is being part of a crew that is working toward a common goal while still looking out for each other. This is something that I did not see much in the private sector and it was one of the things I missed most from my time in the Marine Corps.

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    Jack Fencing Installation at the Wambaw Cycle Trail

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    November 4, 2020 | Jackie and crew #974 helped Joanna, the Forest Service contact partner, install metal Jack fencing at the Wambaw Cycle Trail, with the intent of keeping motorized vehicles from expanding trails and creating new social trails.

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    How Trail Maintenance and Compassion Go Hand in Hand

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    October 11, 2020| Member learns that the tools we use on the trail are the same tools our conservation predecessors used to pave the original paths now always requiring of a loving maintenance.

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    The Account of Sycamore Jack and his First Hitch

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    September 6, 2020| By a series of winding adventures I have not ink and paper enough to relate here, I found myself signed on as a mid-season addition to the Coblin Goblins crew of the SECC. As directed, I showed up to the Chattanooga office on my first day with nothing but two bags and a sort of confused grin.

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    Southeast Conservation Corps engages teens, young adults in outdoor service projects

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    August 29, 2020 | Brenna Kelly didn't grow up hiking or camping and hardly considered herself an outdoorsy person. Yet after she graduated from college in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2002 and was looking for her next adventure, she settled on the idea of doing something that involved the outdoors. Read more about SECC!

    Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press • Southeast Conservation Corps

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