June 1, 2008

National Trails Day 2008-Join Us on the Trail on Lookout Mountain

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American Hiking Society and the National Park Service will be celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday June 7 on the Bluff Trail in Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park in Chattanooga, TN, USA. This video highlights a workshop we held last month to begin the work. Please join us as we continue to restore this beautiful trail that is not only part of our National Park system but also part of the Great Eastern Trail. For more information about how you can get involved call Carla Hilling at 423-266-2507 X4.

Volunteerism | By Jeffrey Hunter | 2:43 PM

April 30, 2008

Volunteers Needed to Help Maintain Trails on Lookout Mountain

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The Bluff Trail on Lookout Mountain
This is part of the Great Eastern Trail

Do you like to hike? If so, your help is needed to help maintain the hiking trails in the Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park on Lookout Mountain. The hiking trail system on Lookout is much loved, but sorely in need of volunteers to help control erosion, cutback brush, and maintain the trails so hikers can have a safe and pleasant experience.

American Hiking Society is coordinating a monthly work crew on the first Saturday of every month from 9 AM - 1 PM. No special skills are required, beyond being able to hike and perform physical work outside.

To find out more, please send an email to Carla Hilling, or call her at 423-266-2507 - extension 4.

Our next big event is planned for National Trails Day on Saturday June 7. All volunteers on June 7 will receive a free t-shirt! So don't delay! Get involved today!



Volunteerism | By Jeffrey Hunter | 3:22 PM

April 11, 2008

Insurance and Liability Issues for Trail Clubs:
An Interview with Insurance Expert Don Pachner

Today I interviewed Don Pachner, President of Pachner & Associates. Don specializes in providing insurance polices for outdoor clubs. Don was recently awarded the New York New Jersey Trail Conference's "Extra Mile Award" "for his ambitious project of creating insurance policies for hiking clubs". According to Trail Conference member Irene Szabo, Don "has labored long in an arena that most mortals shun for its complexity and crushing tedium, to the benefit of all of us and our hard-won little budgets."

During or 26 minute discussion, Don explains the different type of insurance policies available to trail clubs, and what they cover. We also discussing risk management issues related to hike leaders. To listen to the interview, click on the following link. (12 MB)



Multimedia | By Jeffrey Hunter | 10:39 AM

April 7, 2008

Reflection Riding Spring Wildflower Festival & Native Plant Sale
April 11-13, 2008 in Chattanooga

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Friday, April 11, 2008

9:00am to 5:00pm – Native Plant Sale

11:00am to 12:00noon – Hummingbirds – Join Chris Mahoney, RR Volunteer and representative of Wildlife Habitat Yard Services for an informative talk on Hummingbirds and how to attract these wonderful creatures to your garden. This talk will meet at the back of the barn.

1:00pm to 2:00pm – Garden for the Senses – Join David Hopkins, Reflection Riding Executive Director and Suzanne Goodemote, Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Riding Caretaker, for an update on the Garden for the Senses project, which is currently in the early stages of construction in front of the Humphreys House. This talk will meet at the barn entrance.

1:30pm – Guided Wildflower Walk – led by Michael Green (meet at barn entrance)

2:30pm – Guided Wildflower Walk – led by Kyle Waggener (meet at barn entrance)

Saturday, April 12, 2008


9:00am to 11:00am– Photography Walk – Join Paul Grant for a morning of photography. Paul will guide participants around Reflection Riding, highlighting various areas and assisting participants in setting up the perfect picture. This mini workshop is open to all levels of expertise, but you must bring your own camera. Workshop will meet at the barn entrance.


9:00am to 11:00am– Gardening With Natives– Join Master Gardener Lynne Finnel for a brief discussion on native plants that adapt well to residential living. Lynne has been in the Master Gardeners since 2002. For the past 4 years she has led spring wildflower hikes and she has been gardening in Red Bank for the past 7 years. This talk will meet at the back of the barn.


10:00am to 11:00am – Southeastern Natives: Underused Trees and Bombproof Perennials– Lisa Lemza, certified as a master gardener in 2002, will cover certain underused deciduous and evergreen trees of various sizes, and a few tough-as-nails perennials for the same. Lisa is an appointed member of the Chattanooga Tree Commission and Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. This talk will meet at the back of the barn.


11:00am to 12noon – Brown Leaves to Black Gold (Composting) – Master Gardener, Bud Hines, will lead this open and interactive discussion on composting. A recent retiree, Bud joined the Hamilton County Master Gardeners in 2006 to get a better understanding of plant needs in our area. This talk will meet at the back of the barn.


11:30am – Guided Wildflower Walk – led by Christine Bock (meet at barn entrance)


12noon – Fabulous Ferns – Miriam Keener, owner of Dancing Fern Nursery, a subsection of Sequatchie Cove Farm will lead a walking tour and discussion on how to identify and grow ferns. She will also bring with her a selection of ferns for purchase. Copies of her recommended book Fern Finder will be available at the Reflection Riding Promo Table. Be certain to pick up your copy before her walk. This talk/walk will meet at the back of the barn.


12:30am – Hike the Profile Trail – This hike, led by Jeffrey Hunter, Riding Caretaker will follow the Profile Trail around the lower perimeter of Reflection Riding. This is an easy hike around the property. Hike will meet at the barn entrance.


1:00pm – Hummingbirds – Join Chris Mahoney, Reflection Riding Volunteer and representative of Wildlife Habitat Yard Services for an informative talk on Hummingbirds and how to attract these wonderful creatures to your garden. This talk will meet at the back of the barn.


1:30pm – Guided Wildflower Walk – led by Christine Bock (meet at barn entrance)

2:00pm to 3:00pm – Right Plant for the Right Place – Join Pat Lea of Cumberland Landscape Design, and former Reflection Riding Board Member, for a discussion on sun, shade, drainage and which plants are best for which areas. Pat always has great information and uses specific RR natives to enhance her designs. This talk will meet at the back of the barn.


2:30pm – Guided Wildflower Walk – led by Michael Green (meet at barn entrance)


3:30pm – Guided Wildflower Walk – led by Ray Zimmerman (meet at barn entrance)


Sunday, April 13, 2008


1:00pm to 5:00pm – Native Plant Sale


1:00pm – Hummingbirds – Join Chris Mahoney, Reflection Riding Volunteer and representative of Wildlife Habitat Yard Services for an informative talk on Hummingbirds and how to attract these wonderful creatures to your garden. This talk will meet at the back of the barn.


1:30pm – Guided Wildflower Walk – led by Michael Green (meet at barn entrance)


2:30pm – Guided Wildflower Walk – led by Bill Haley (meet at barn entrance)


Natural History | By Jeffrey Hunter | 12:22 PM

April 3, 2008

Help Eradicate Garlic Mustard at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield April 12

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Photos courtesy of National Park Service

The Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club needs your help! Garlic Mustard has invaded the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield, and volunteers are needed to help pull this invasive plant on Saturday April 12, 2008 starting at 9 AM.

Interested volunteers should call 770-427-4686 for more information including the meeting location.

Volunteers will need to bring the following with you;

Gloves
Water
Long Pants - poison ivy will be nearby!
Long sleeve shirt
Snacks
Epi-pen, if allergic to bee stings


Volunteerism | By Jeffrey Hunter | 3:42 PM

Are you a master backcountry chef?

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Throughout 2008 American Hiking Society will be searching for the best frontcountry and backcountry recipes for our new Volunteer Vacation cookbook. Submit your recipes with a photo and a short story about the Volunteer Vacation or outdoor excursion where you made your masterpiece (no more than 300 words please). Recipes will be tested throughout the summer and fall by volunteers across the country. Winners will be included in the cookbook to be printed in 2009 and the top camp cook will receive an Outback Oven from Backpacker's Pantry.

Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2008.

E-mail your entries to volunteer@americanhiking.org,
or mail to;

American Hiking Society Recipe Contest
1422 Fenwick Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Good luck!

American Hiking Happenings | By Jeffrey Hunter | 2:34 PM