Press release from The Pisgah Conservancy:
The National Forest Foundation has awarded a $22,000 grant through its 2019 Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences Program to The Pisgah Conservancy for maintenance work on the Art Loeb, Exercise, and Estatoe Trails on the Pisgah Ranger District. The trail project will focus on bridge and boardwalk repairs to highly-accessible, heavily-used trails on the Pisgah, including decking repairs on the Art Loeb’s Davidson River Bridge and replacing a footbridge on the Exercise Trail. The grant will also help tackle boardwalk repairs on the Estatoe Trail and gravel placement needed on the Estatoe and Exercise Trails.
Davis Wax, Trail Specialist for The Pisgah Conservancy, stated, “We are excited to receive this grant to complete maintenance work on a number of important gateway trails into Pisgah. These three trails get some of the most traffic in the Forest, and fixing infrastructure like bridges and boardwalk not only will make the trails more enjoyable, it will make them safer, too.” The award period for the grant runs until mid-June 2019, and The Pisgah Conservancy, the Forest Service, and volunteers will collaborate to help complete the individual projects. The first project will be to replace the Davidson River Bridge decking.
Dave Casey, District Ranger on the Pisgah stated, “This project is another great example of how important partnerships are on the Pisgah. It’s great to see the National Forest Foundation, which helps support National Forests across our country, partnering with The Pisgah Conservancy here locally to accomplish great work on the ground. This project will serve to reduce the deferred maintenance on our trails and is perfectly aligned with our renewed commitment to trail maintenance across the Pisgah. The Pisgah Conservancy is proving to be a great partner which truly expands our capacity to accomplish great trail work.”
The Pisgah Conservancy will be scheduling volunteer workdays this spring to aid in completing the various projects.