Marit Anderson led a Women's Trail Work Day in conjunction with Wild East Women (Appalachian Trail Conservancy women's affinity group) and PATC on Tuesday, September 14 in Shenandoah National Park. The event was organized to help trail maintainer Lisa Swales on her AT section between Ivy Creek Overlook and Loft Mt Wayside with the help of an all-women's Appalachian Conservation Corps. ACC Volunteer and Youth Leader, Leah Cawthorn, had contacted Marit since she knew the crew would be volunteering in SNP for the week. All the plans worked together nicely. Lisa's daughter is her co-maintainer, but has recently gone off to college, so the extra help was much appreciated. The ACC crew had mostly been doing chain sawing, so they were enthusiastic to do the trail maintenance tasks set for the day, which included constructing and clearing waterbars, weed whacking, vegetation cutback, and harvesting rock for future repairs on a deteriorating rock stairway on the trail. PATC volunteers for the day included Linda Beights, Cheri Acker, Karen Wilson, Jeanne Siler, Kathy Thornton, Lisa and Marit.
"Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service projects across the Appalachian region and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, D.C., and Pennsylvania. As a Corps program, ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan, and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality, and economic development. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation and service organizations envisioning a world of healthy lands, air, water, thriving people, and resilient communities." The ACC crew that helped with the project on September included Sarah Lilly, Lauren Croissant, Cassie Bacon, Katie Mucha, Maria Jurioste, Erin Waldman, Silas Follendorf, Genesis Santiago, and ACC Volunteer and Youth Leader, Leah Cawthorn. Many thanks to the 16 participants that gave the Appalachian Trail some love and TLC for the day!