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Overview

Listed below are the scheduled activities of the BMTA for 2016.  Work trips will be held on the second Saturday of the month in Georgia and on the fourth Saturday in Tennessee/North Carolina.  Recreational outings (Fun Hikes) are planned on other weekends to avoid scheduling conflicts with work trips and are set up as hike leaders become available.  Videos of previous hikes can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/BentonMacKayeTrail.

All Are Welcome

The BMTA welcomes all who would like to participate in any scheduled activity.  Members and non-members alike are encouraged to join in; no experience is necessary.

Notes


US Forest Service Alerts and Notices


Recurring Monthly Events

  • 2nd Saturday - Georgia Work Trips - coordinated by Barry Allen
  • 4th Saturday - Tennessee/North Carolina Work Trips - coordinated by Ken Jones
  • At least two "Fun Hikes" each month - coordinated by Mike Pilvinsky

Note: Some of these activities are considerable driving distances. Please contribute gas money to your driver when you carpool. Thank You!


Planned Activities for 2016
MonthDateLocation & Details
September  September 24 TN Work Trip: For our work trip on September 24th, we will be working in the Tellico Ranger District on the Sycamore Creek Trail / BMT Section 17a & b. We will be logging out blow downs and brushing out as much of this 6 mile trail as possible. We will be using brush cutters and other hand tools to brush out the trail. Meet at the Cherohala Visitor Center in Tellico Plains at 8:30 am. Be sure to bring at least 2 quarts of water, lunch, and wear sturdy boots and long pants. Please let Ken know if you plan to attend so that he can plan the work and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). bamajones70 AT gmail.com
  September 24 Save Hemlocks On Public Lands Day: Sept. 24 will be your chance to learn how to treat hemlock trees and help prevent their destruction from the hemlock woolly adelgid insects. You can use this experience to learn about this threat and how to treat infested trees on your own property and in your neighborhood. Experience is not necessary. You will be treating trees and be in a small team guided by Save Georgia's Hemlocks members or FS personnel who are experts in treating hemlocks. We will be treating infested trees in the Stanley Creek/Fall Branch Falls area, which includes a section of our new reroute at the falls. For full information on this activity, please go to the Monthly Newsletter link found on the home page of this web site and select the August 2016 link. Full article is on pages 15 & 16 of the newsletter. This is a chance to learn and also pay back for the wonderful experiences we receive from the land we all own, our public lands.
October  October 8-9 Blue Ridge, GA - Arts in the Park: Visit the BMTA Tent at Blue Ridge, GA - Arts in the Park. Members will be there to talk about the trail, group hikes and trail maintenance.
  October 22 Hike: BMT Section 4a: We will do a no shuttle in and out from Skeenah Gap to Payne Gap and back. A beautiful section 4a of the BMT. A moderate hike of 4.4 Total miles. Contact Gilbert Treadwell to sign up. gilcraft AT etcmail.com or 404-660-4551.
  October 26 Hike: Benton Falls Area of Tennessee: On Wednesday, October 26 we will return for a couple of easy hikes in the Benton Falls Area of Tennessee lead by Sara Bland followed by a pot luck picnic. For information, contact Sara at jsbland AT windstream.net



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