On Tuesday, March 3, the CoTrails Working Group and the US Forest Service met at the Gainesville Supervisor’s Office to discuss plans and goals for CoTrails in 2015. The most significant item to come out of the meeting was the establishment of three sub-committees within the Working Group. These three subcommittees are as follows:
- Trails Subcommittee, composed of Working Group members Don Hicks, Randy Brown, Keith McFadden, Audrey Moylan and John Campbell with the USFS. The Trails Subcommittee will work closely with the Forest Service to identify, promote and help lead work events on underserviced trails. To accomplish this task, the subcommittee will work side by side with existing trail groups and the speakers’ bureau in their efforts to recruit new membership for these groups. In addition, this subcommittee will work with the Forest Service during the ongoing Recreation Realignment process, which will help guide the CONF trail system to the desired future condition of a sustainable trail system. Please contact Don Hicks at email@example.com if you are interested in participating in this group.
- Communications and Outreach Subcommittee, composed of Working Group members Larry Thomas, Conrad Fernandez, Debbie Crowe and Ryan Farr with the USFS. The C & O Subcommittee will be directly involved in creating a Speakers’ Bureau to represent CoTrails at trail events, colleges, Chambers of Commerce, and other gatherings of individuals with an interest in preserving and maintaining the Chattahoochee/Oconee NF. This group will work closely with the Trails Subcommittee, the USFS and existing trail groups to identify ‘needs trails’ and establish work events and dates for trail volunteers. Please contact Larry Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating in this group.
- Steering and Coordination Subcommittee, composed of Working Group members Dave Logan, Keith Owen, Barry Allen, and Ryan Farr with the USFS. The S & C Subcommittee will work with CoTrails member groups to identify and match organizations with potential grants and organizations offering ‘in kind’ benefits. This committee will also work with the Forest Service on training needs and schedules, as well as working between organizations to help establish priorities on member training and resource sharing. Please contact Barry Allen at email@example.com if you are interested in participating in this group.
ALL SUBCOMMITTEES WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND AN INVITATION FOR OTHERS TO JOIN OUR WORKING GROUPS AND SUBCOMMITTEE WORK. If you have an interest in outreach for your organization and CoTrails, then help us with Outreach Subcommittee. If your interest lies in working with the Forest Service to identify specific trail needs, the join us on the Trails Subcommittee. And if you have some experience working with grant requests, then we need you on the Steering Subcommittee.
APRIL WORK TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT – BENTON MACKAYE TRAIL ASSOCIATION
Please join us on Saturday, April 11th as we continue our reroute of Fall Branch Falls. This reroute is
tough one, and I can guarantee a good nights’ sleep at the end of the day!! Meet for breakfast at 8:00 at
Big Mommas Country Cooking and General Store in Cherry Log (across from the Pink Pig). From Big
Mommas, we’ll take Rock Creek Road on into Fall Branch. We have a few people from the Blue Ridge
area that will be stopping at the Village Restaurant for breakfast; please feel free to join them at the
Village if that is more convenient. From Blue Ridge, take Aska Rd to Stanley Creek Road and Fall Branch.
A call or e-mail to let us know you are coming is most welcome (it helps us plan for the right tools and
safety equipment), but is certainly not required. Trip leader for the day is Barry Allen (770-294-7384) or
First-timers are most welcome! For what to expect, what to wear, what to bring, go to
WEATHER POSTPONEMENT: If weather forces a change of plans, the trip will NOT be cancelled in
most cases. Instead we will simply postpone the trip for one week. Because of the changeable nature of
North Georgia weather we wait as long as possible before postponing. Usually the decision is made early
Friday evening and circulated immediately by email.