Friends of Pisgah (FOP) President Gary Montgomery, Laura Susmann, David Weisel, Doug Favreau, John Hudachek, the Howe family (Abe, Tish, Gabe and Sam) and FOP trail chief John Herrick met Matt Edson and his ATV at the Horseshoe Trailhead at 10:00.  The goal for the day was to clear numerous trees down across Lily Pond and North Ponds Trails.  Both trails will be used by the First Annual 10K/5K FOP Trail Race/Walk Saturday, May 24th.

While Matt hauled the tools and chain saws in his ATV trailer everyone else hiked down to the junction of Lily Pond and North Ponds Trails where we split into two groups.  Gary, Laura and Doug cleared the south end of Lily Pond Trail.  Matt, David, John, John and the Howe family cleared the North Ponds Trail.  We met at the junction of Lily Pond and North Ponds Trails around 3:00.

The black flies had definitely emerged.  While hiking (moving) they weren't bad, but stopping to cut and remove limbs, we became their lunch.  Most of us ate our lunch while walking back to the trailhead after the work was done.

All trees and branches across the Lily Pond Trail and North Ponds Trail were cleared.  We arrived back at the Horseshoe parking lot at 3:45.

John Hudachek

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