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Southern Appalachian Work Camp preparing for collegiate trail maintainers

Contributed • Feb 11, 2020 at 10:11 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Southern Appalachian Work Center is retiring for another year and announced this month that it has entered into a formal Volunteer Service Agreement with the Cherokee National Forest.

Jim Chambers, spokesman for the SAWC, said the agreement will allow the organization to acquire dedicated trails for the SAWC Collegiate Trail Work and Outreach Program.

Chambers said the SAWC will assume volunteer stewardship on the Coon Den Falls and Backbone Rock trails in the Cherokee National Forest and will maintain and use these trails to recruit, equip and train the next generation of trail maintainers.

The SAWC will be in partnership with the Mount Rogers Outfitters in Damascus, Virginia, Kincora Hiker Hostel in Hampton and Bob’s Dairyland in Roan Mountain for the first SAWC Collegiate Trail Work Event. The event will be with Wright State University. Times and dates will be announced.

The Southern Appalachian Work Center will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 24 at the Coon Den Falls Trail Head at 10 a.m. with lunch and an advisory board meeting to follow at the Southern Appalachian work facility.

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