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Happy Valley Road Repairs  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  16.5  2   5/25/2022  We took advantage of a day we could not work on the wet trails to pound some rock into the fire road around where Rock-N-Roll crosses to Schoolhouse trail. We ended up using all 8 tons of #2 & #3 we had and 4 tons of 21B. We used the jumping Jack compactor to smash the rock in and boy did it do that. We are not sure where all the material went, but water came out. Once the road dries it should be better, but looks like it could use a lot more of this work. Also on the way in we had all sorts of parts to try to fix the wheel on the gate that keeps falling off and getting jammed. We had a few sizes of snap rings but none were right size. Tried to use hose clamp, but that slid off with all the force of wheel with bad bearing. Then we decided to drill hole in axle so we could use washer and cotter pin. It took a bit to drill the hole, but that worked! We also had to cut at least 5 significant trees off the road and pick up numerous large limbs. Had to break out the big gas chainsaw. Also fixed the 6 holes on the first switchback of Rock-N-Roll that was caused by horse on new wet switchback. ALSO---WAY too many people out riding bikes and horses on trails on a day that should obviously be bad for trails. Could these people possibly not know this???  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  Trailer - Homestead Enclosed  Pathfinders  7.5  3   5/24/2022  Went through all the tools and stuff that had been stored in the trailer. Hashed over ideas on tool storage. Decide we would try using 12" drain pipe 30" tall tied to.  Official 
Arrowhead Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  13.8  2   5/22/2022  Shorter day due to storms coming in. We were able to patch up a few spots with more dirt and then build two improved water diverters where some old ones used to be. We also reshaped and naturalized two of the previous dirt mines.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  Trailer  Pathfinders  15.0  3   5/20/2022  Shannon towed the trailer to Roger's, where we pressure washed it and cleaned it. Then emptied tools into the barn in anticipation of some storage improvements within the trailer. Shannon and Liz went numerous places before purchasing material to reseal the roof.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  Trailer  Pathfinders  3.5  2   5/19/2022  Shannon picked up the white enclosed trailer, with Brian helping check lights, etc and tie down inside equipment. Shannon had it inspected by 8:30  Official 
Arrowhead Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  24.7  5   5/18/2022  We worked on building more water diverters. The last two we have made are also a banked S turn. Naturalized two of the drainage areas. We also filled in some of the worst rutting and made one side of the trail lower instead of the middle.  Official 
Maintenance, Laurel Canyon  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  54.0  9   5/18/2022  Beautiful day. we started the day with excitement, as we spotted hundreds of Turkey beard on Ms. Stewarts land between MM 0.5 and the power line. Then saw a scarlet tanager as we crossed the powerline. The trail itself also had tons of TB, with lesser amounts of mountain laurel. Many on crew out of town. We continued on with widening the trail tread, digging out some of the backslope. Worked on two drainage crossings/inside turns. The first had about a dump truck load of leaves; raked them down hill below the trail. Roger got conned into rebuilding the trail edge out of stone, with Steve helping. The second one had fewer leaves, having been raked last year. This one has a natural stair step waterfall above the trail. Most of rocks were laid, but need to finish digging next week.   Official 
Arrowhead Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  36.3  7   5/11/2022  Add some dirt to some previous areas we worked to try to put the finishing touches on. But before that had gotten very far, the whole crew moved on to transporting rock to one of our next water diverting features. The Vermeer was trapped above that feature once the rocks went in, so I stayed up there and worked on our next feature. It was one that could have used some rock, but instead I used the rocky soil available from the drainage area digging. Elsa came up and helped me with the spreading and sorting of the material to shape the grade reversal and banked turn feature. We are hitting some soft black rock....I wonder if this is coal. It seems to bind nicely with the dirt and pack well. Turtle lead the work on the feature below this were the rocks were used and the feature got a nice covering of dirt on it before we left.   Official 
Maintenance, Laurel Canyon  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  78.0  13   5/11/2022  Started back on Laurel Canyon on a beautiful day. Worked in from the beginning, fixing spots, drainage crossings, deberming, widening, brush blading. Turkey beard was blooming in full force, mountain laurel just starting.  Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  5.0  1   5/10/2022  Cut nicks in several wet areas and raised low tread with rocks and shale.   Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  2.0  1   5/9/2022  Drained water from 6 low spots and cut nicks and worked on drainage areas.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  Vermeer  Pathfinders  5.3  1   5/8/2022  @741 hours. Change engine oil and filter 10W-30 full syn. Change Hyd Filter. Change Fuel Filter. Clean machine. Clean Air Filter. Add square metal tube to top of bucket to protect hoses when chaining down the machine to trailer. Add a little coolant.  Official 
Arrowhead Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  37.3  7   5/5/2022  We started out by hand loading some of the riprap from the parking lot into Turtle's truck. Then we went out to Arrowhead and worked on naturalizing drainages we were done with. We added dirt in places that needed it to improve water diverters. Turtle unloaded the rock from his truck later in the day when we had a good place to use it. Steve chopped a tough stump out for us. Made a lot of progress. Elsa was new to the team and she did a great job with naturalizing.   Official 
Maintenance  Hinchee Trail  Roanoke County  63.5  12   5/4/2022  Worked up the Hinchee Trail clearing the inlet and outflow of all the culverts. All were full of leaves, but not always packed leaves. The tarps were a huge help on the ones that were 4-6 feet down. The count as we went out was 37, including the one going up to the second landing,.  Official 
Happy Valley Road Repairs  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  7.3  2   5/1/2022  Since we had rain all day yesterday, we canceled the trail work. However, Turtle and I decided to do some road work as wetness actually helps with that. We spread the rest of the pile of 21b that was at Rilley's Loop on the road between Bridge and Gate in places that could use it. We got done before the rain hit, but I did not get the equipment back to lot before it hit and had to cover the machines in the rain.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  Hand Tools  Pathfinders  7.0  1   4/30/2022  I sharpened many hand tools using angle grinder over several days.  Official 
Arrowhead Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  19.3  3   4/29/2022  Today we teamed up with the City of Roanoke Parks and Rec work day. We started off by meeting Renee early to load up their dump truck with rip rap from the parking lot while the volunteers were gathering. Pathfinders let the City lead team use one of our Canycoms so they had two running all day. If they would have had their expected volunteer turn out we would have had a few more to help us on the Arrowhead maintenance project we are working on. As it turned out we just had our three planned volunteers. We got some good work done though with building up the water diverters on Arrowhead and repairing the trail tread in places. We did naturalizing of some of the places we are harvesting dirt from and improving the drainage at the same time. Later in the day, Renee was able to use the dump truck again to get us another load of rip rap. We brought the Vermeer out to the lot to do the loading of the dump truck. A car had parked right next to the pile which slowed us down.  Official 
Foresters Trail Extensions  Explore Park  Roanoke County  43.5  13   4/27/2022  Finished up construction of segments 1 and 2, with some additional work on water diverters on the main trail. Super windy day, but great temperatures. Bob from SAF was blazing. If the County decides on additional sections, we may be back, but off to the Cove now.  Official 
Arrowhead Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  21.3  5   4/24/2022  The crew did a huge amount of naturalizing. They really filled in the old trial with material so that things will grow back. Also on the new trail they narrowed the trail down even further in a few areas to guide users where we want them. We added a bunch of dirt to the backed turn where old trail was. We also worked on a few of the water diverters. One was tricky because of the odd angle the original drainage was at and it had collected a huge amount of material. Had to dig all that organic material out and get rid of it. Then had to replace with rocks and dirt combo.   Official 
Arrowhead Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  17.3  3   4/22/2022  Today we did a bunch of naturalizing along the edges of the reroute. Rex focused on that and Turtle harvested some material to help supplement what Rex was finding. We also shut down the old route and did it with significant blockages. We even opened up the ditch on the fire road and filled in the old trail with a bunch of dirt and organic material that should grow nice. We worked on several of the water diverters moving up the trail. We used rock for base on the big ones. We are making sure the drainages work well. Worked on shaping the fire road a little also.  Official 
Arrowhead Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  22.1  4   4/20/2022  Steve moved the sign for Arrowhead as we knew we would have it open by end of day, just not naturalized yet. If was hard digging where we put it....but he was determined and got it done. Turtle and Gerry focused on moving a bunch more rocks to shape the first banked turn and add a bit onto the end of the second one. Once that got the shape right, we put the dirt on top. I focused on adding some gravel to the fire road in the area that was pretty soft. I used the old shale material in some overgrown piles next to road. Then I worked on some water diverters doing up the trail. Also cut a tricky leaner that was hanging low over the trail and hard to get under.   Official 
Foresters Trail Extensions  Explore Park  Roanoke County  63.3  13   4/20/2022  Sunny cool day. Finished Segment 1 and pulled the flags. Got to within 60-75 feet on Segment 2. Had three folks on finish work/QC.  Official 
Arrowhead Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  15.3  2   4/15/2022  Made great progress on Arrowhead entrance reroute. We finished 3/4 of it including two banked turns and elevating the trail with a rock base to establish good drainage. We found a great out of site place to get quality dirt and we also used a bunch of the RipRap from parking lot that Renee helped us haul out in the City dump truck. We just have one more small banked turn left and some elevating of the drainage section of trail to make sure it has a good drop down off the trail. We are going to wait until we get part way up the trail past a few water diverters before we close this dirt mind and then close the old trail.  Official 
Arrowhead Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  10.8  3   4/13/2022  Today Renee drove the City dump truck out and we made 3 runs of hauling rip rap from parking lot to Arrowhead entrance area. I loaded the truck with Vermeer. Turtle loaded his truck with larger rocks and made several trips. We consolidated what was left of the pile and cleaned up the parking area a lot. We did not have time to get all the material though. We work on it again some other time.  Official 
Foresters Trail Extensions  Explore Park  Roanoke County  93.5  17   4/13/2022  A warm day moving up to hot by the end. We had a great team effort to carry Tom's pre-cut locust steps down to the site, plus rock bars, etc. Bud and crew worked on moving a 400 lb rock to the edge of creek as one of the step over rocks, plus another monster. Roger worked on steps. Stew and Chuck on digging steep trail to get there. Others worked on digging trail. After those two objectives were accomplished, we moved whole crew to Segment 1 to try to finish it up. Not quite, but a great effort and almost there. Jim B. spent most of the day on finish work on Segment 1. All those attacking beech roots were totally "beat" by quitting time. Definitely a tough section. We hope to finish next week.  Official 
Arrowhead Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  10.0  2   4/12/2022  Dean loaded up organic material (mostly logs) and hauled them down the road to a place we could get them way back in the woods. I worked on roughing in the reroute at bottom of trail. Had to cut up a whole bunch of deadfall which Dean hauled out of the area. Started to shape two places for banked turns and drainages. Put some of the rocks we found as we went in the places for banked turns. Lots of dirt sorting to get organic out without wasting usable dirt. The area was full of invasive vines.  Official 
Happy Valley Road Repairs  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  12.2  3   4/12/2022  Loaded 21b gravel mix at 4 way intersection. Gerry used his trailer and went one way (towards Tunnel) and Turtle used his truck and went the other (towards Rock-N-Roll). They spread it thinly in areas that needed it.  Official 
Arrowhead Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  8.7  2   4/11/2022  We wanted to get two loaders out there for Tuesdays work, so we took the Vermeer out there today and roughed in the entrance to the reroute. We spent a lot of time clearing out a bunch of deadfall piles and made a place to pile some rock and stage our work. The Cannycom was used to haul the organic material a ways down the road to an area we could dump it out without any future issues and out of sight. Got enough done to get machine up and into the woods from our new entrance. We now have a free trailer for the DW tomorrow that will be used to load rock for road repairs.  Official 
Foresters Trail Extensions  Explore Park  Roanoke County  72.0  14   4/6/2022  Started the day a little wet because of the hard rain in the night, but parts not previously raked and dug were not bad. Made good progress on leg 2, almost to the big drain crossing, with Dave working solo on leg 1. Hit a rocky section which Barry attacked, and then he and Shannon did a short retaining wall there and a rock feature. Planned for next weeks steps and drainage crossing.  Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  1.8  1   4/6/2022  Added a few 5gal bucket of rock to harden a few drainages.   Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  3.3  1   4/4/2022  Shape trail at drainages to get water off the trail.   Official 
Appalachian Trail Maintenance  AT from 621 to bench near Audie Murphy  Jefferson National Forest  21.0  3   4/3/2022  Blazed and clipped AT from 621 at Lee Hollow to ridge road going to Audie Murphy. 3.5 miles. Saw a group of Tech students leaving from an overnight, just within the wilderness boundary, with unbelievable amounts of stuff. Those ridges and the steady climb are always so much longer than they promise to be.   Official 
Maintenance  Benjamin Franklin Middle School  Franklin County  6.0  2   4/3/2022  Had reports of a big wash out with a 2" rain. Went down to check out the damage. They definitely had a huge rain event - lots of leaf piles, washing, limbs piled under stream crossings, down ash. The concern is that the environmental education classes that use that trail are scheduled for April. Good news was no structure damage to tables, benches, etc. With the electric saw we were able to cut all trees impacting the main trail; also kicked off leaf piles, but it could still use raking.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  22.2  3   4/3/2022  Finished all the improvements on Rock-N-Roll today!! We added some dirt to both banked turn and a few other spots. We added moss to the banked turn exits to help guide users where we want them to come off the banked turn before the drainage. Some deberming of places we messed up with Cannycom trips. Also cleaned up the area we were getting rocks and dirt from. We packed up everything and moved all the tools to our next project on Arrowhead.  Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  2.0  1   4/1/2022  Added 3 buckets of dirt to trail for out slope. Raked out 5 more spots for future work.  Official 
Foresters Trail Extensions  Explore Park  Roanoke County  84.8  16   3/30/2022  Started on the relo for the Foresters Trail to separate it from the mountain bike trail and Illuminights trail. Great progress early in the day, but definitely slowed by the beech roots after lunch. Lindsay Webb from the County helping with logistics and consideration of alternative alignments. Great weather for trail work.  Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  1.5  1   3/29/2022  Worked on two wet spots. Gravel and dirt to out slope the trail for drainage.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  24.8  4   3/27/2022  Our focus today was improving the upper switchback. We extended and built up the bottom side of it to improve user flow and drainage. Betsy rode her bike out and smashed rocks like a machine. Those came in very handy later in the day and we used them all. Turtle was the lead man for the switchback design. He did a great job. My job was to supply him with materials. We still have another day to tidy everything up in this area and add a little dirt to a few places. We want to clean up the new parking area and place we got dirt and rock from.  Official 
Appalachian Trail Maintenance  AT at Newport Road  National Park Service  4.5  2   3/23/2022  Shannon gathered and loaded rocks and transported in his dump truck to help Pete with re-enforcing the culvert where it was washing out. Put rocks in the hole. Pulled the fallen trees out of the creek with the truck, cut up trees, cleaned out backed up material. A great completion of a major project, thanks to two hard working, persistent volunteers, and Shannon's equipment.  Official 
Appalachian Trail  McAfee Knob Fire Road  National Park Service  40.5  4   3/21/2022  Long day on fixing rolling grade dips roughed in by contractor. Had Ditch Witch with Shannon and Vermeer with Brian. DW blew a seal around noon. Brian did double time in the afternoon to complete 7 more, for the total of 16. Pete jumped back and forth to fire training, two RATC members helped. Worked on culverts, some had outfalls covered by debris. Pete was thrilled to find one outfall after significant digging. One still buried.  Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  6.0  1   3/21/2022  Turtle worked on wet areas of Song Bird Trail near the Tunnel Road crossing. He used 8 wheelbarrows of large roack. 18 5 gallon buckets of gravel and 10 5 gallon buckets of dirt.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  16.7  2   3/20/2022  I collected and smashed rocks and collected and sorted organic out of loads of dirt. Turtle was using the material to improve the grade reversals up near the second switchback. We had two cannycoms going. I would fill them up and Turtle would use the material. If I had to smash rock or sort through a particularly organic batch of dirt, then Turtle might be down with empty cannycom before I had the other one full. But when I was able to fill one up before he came down, I would bring it up to him or meet him part way to exchange cannycoms. This section of trail is very tricky to navigate with the cannycoms as it is very rocky in places. We take our time to be careful with the tracks on the machines. Later in the day I came up to help work on the upper switchback to shape it a little better with hand tools. We decided that we will bring rock up to improve the bottom exit of that switchback to help keep riders out of the lower side of drainage. At the end of the day we cut a poison ivy covered fallen tree off Enchanted Forest near road and cut up another tree on edge of road to push it off more. Also in the morning we had to cut many branches off a high hanging tree near Arrowhead so we could drive in.  Official 
Mill Mountain Trail #6  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke  87.8  17   3/16/2022  Great turnout to finish up Silk City Trail. Barry, Shannon, Steve, John worked on extending the banked climb near bottom. Jim B., Roger, Bud, Stew, Tom did finish work on lower sections. Blanche raked. Dave, Dave B., John, Jimbo, Chuck worked on digging the last section near top. All ate at the top, when phones showed a threat of rain. We jumped to it with focus on finishing up, but only saw a few drops of precipitation. Finished with a ribbon cutting on the bottom ramp and left before the rain moved in. Probably need another feature at the top, to prevent development of campfires.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  13.8  3   3/16/2022  We collected rock and dirt and smashed rock. We used that material to improve the Rock-N-Roll trail on the Arrowhead side. We are going to work up through the top switchback before we are totally finished. Chad Smashed rock almost the whole time! Thanks Chad!  Official 
Appalachian Trail  McAfee Knob Fire Road  National Park Service  24.0  4   3/15/2022  This was a trial day to see if our mini-skid steers could be used to help RATC with finish work on the water diverters on the fire road. The contractor did the rough in work on the last day he was there, but didn't have time to finish it all. Beautiful day, and, with Brian on the DW, tremendous improvement in the rolling dips and the whole appearance of the road. At least for three of the 16 locations. Shannon helped with rock and root removal, Pete hauled rocks to the Rt 24 culvert project, Liz dug out one culvert. thanks to Brian for his work getting the DW ready and changing the oil. More work to come next week.  Official 
Song Bird Trail - Improvements  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  3.3  1   3/15/2022  Smash rock into wet sections of trail near the Tunnel Road section of Song Bird.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  13.2  2   3/11/2022  While I went to repair the DW which would not start, Turtle laid rock base to some places that had some irregular rocks and roots that were sticking up more than when we built the trail. We wanted those areas to flow better. Then he covered with dirt. After I found that the fuel was not getting to engine and battery needed charging, I was about to prime the fuel line and charge and jump start the DW. I loaded it up on the trailer. This will be used by MWC on repairs to fire road to McAfee Knob. I joined Turtle and focused on using the Vermeer to mine for dirt and rock and adjust the level and drainage of the field parking area we are improving in the process of getting rocks and dirt.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  11.2  2   3/7/2022  We smashed rock and hauled it to places on the trail to build grade reversals and fix some rough places. Then put dirt on top. Set aside some larger rocks we found while collecting dirt and smaller rocks and stacked them by some trees and will use them later. Spending some time to shape the field for slow water sheeting and to get water off the road. Getting this field graded nicely will allow for many possible uses if needed. I expect grass to grow in here like the field above the bridge which we graded several years ago and used for trailer turn around.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  16.7  3   3/5/2022  We just focused on collecting rock. Both smaller rocks we will use to finish Rock-N-Roll improvements and large rock we will use later for phase 2 or other projects. We are combining rock and dirt mining with road improvements and regrading the areas around the road. We improved drainage from the road and spreading out mounds of dirt and rock that ended up here from grading or something. Some rocks we found were huge and odd shaped. We used some of them to fortify a corner of the big wood bridge landing that had eroded away. We positioned the rock to fortify the bank also and catch any runoff and dirt. We also have two huge show rocks we moved around. We are not sure where they will land in the end. We have more leveling work to do and will end up with a nice little field that will allow for parking and turning around trailers or even dump trucks and emergency vehicles.  Official 
Oak Grove Trail  Oak Grove Park  Roanoke County  53.3  14   3/2/2022  Beautiful day, big group, finished this project. Roger ran weedeater to scalp the trail of invasives. Shannon and Barry built a feature out of rocks, since no materials were available for a bench. Others worked on digging, invasives, normal trail work. Jim Brown, who lives in the neighborhood, is going to adopt this trail. Good to have Chuck back and Jim O. and Stew with us.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  21.3  3   2/28/2022  We gathered rock for the big banked turn near beginning of trail. Dean did a lot of rock smashing for us. We did a lot of shaping of the turn and then added dirt over the rocks. We were strategic on where we got the rock and dirt in order to try to also make improvements to the road and turn around/parking in that area. We improved the drainage and knocked down some odd dirt mounds. We still have some more work to do in that area and we need more rock and dirt anyway for some grade reversals up the trail a bit.   Official 
Oak Grove Trail  Oak Grove Park  Roanoke County  55.0  13   2/16/2022  Started today on the Oak Grove Park lollipop trail, an out and back with a loop on the end. The area is covered with English ivy, bittersweet, greenbrier, and other invasives, with lots of pine downfall. Our initial task was to open up the flagged corridor enough to walk through. The battery saw bought with RO grant was a help and safety factor, with the tangled footing. John V. brought his pole saw which helped attack vines. We made good progress, with the loop receiving initial raking and some of the sidehill sections built. Great to have Stew and Greg back.  Official 
Trash Pick-Up  Lick Run Greenway  City Of Roanoke  21.3  8   2/9/2022  Another pleasant Wed when the ground was still not suitable for trail digging. Thanks to Renee for alternative projects. We all enjoyed the walk from 10th St to Valley View and the opportunity to chat as we walked and picked up trash. One homeless camp across the creek, another in the field and another off the end of Rockland.  Official 
Tree Clearing  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  2.0  2   2/5/2022  County had had a report about another large ash. Tree was simple but large. Trail was not in good shape. Frozen snow - ie ice - in many places. Other places thawed and very muddy. Better to have it closed.  Official 
Trash Pick-Up  Fallon Park  City Of Roanoke  19.8  9   2/2/2022  Given the continued snow cover and wetness of the ground, we opted to help the City with greenway maintenance by doing a significant trash pick up in Fallon Park and on Tinker Creek Greenway. The frosty morning did in fact warm up, with sunshine, and we all enjoyed getting out. Still plenty of snow cover. Trash items of interest included heavy duty Kobalt bolt cutters and a grill.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  18.8  3   1/13/2022  We moved some small trees off the road on the way in. We collected rock from where the Vermeer was parked. We loaded the trailer with rock. Then we drove back to first switchback on trail and hauled rock up. We also drove Vermeer down to where we were working and thought we would need it to get dirt. However we did not have enough rock yet. Since the machine was down there and we knew there was a bit of road work to do there that would also allow us to get some more rock, we did that. There was a place the bridge was getting undercut, so we cut some road drainage and moved some of that material over to fortify the bank next to bridge. We found some rock while we were at it and saved two big ones for future work. We could not get the DW to start. The pull rope on the old canycom broke and I took the pull mechanism home to repair.  Official 
Mill Mountain Trail #6  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke  59.5  11   1/12/2022  We knew the ground was frozen and totally expected freeze thaw conditions. Started with removal of stumps from wisteria at the bottom. Tough in the frozen ground. Then Roger organized help to carry to the top the bench he had pre-fabbed in his barn. Team installed the bench and others started digging trail in the frozen ground. Blanche continued to attack wisteria at the bottom, Renee and Liz installed a sign post. Lunch at the top for all. After lunch more posts installed on Yellow Jacket. By 1:00 the thaw was a problem, and significant stickiness on the trail. But no complaints about weather today and all glad to get out.  Official 
Bench Building  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke  6.0  1   1/5/2022  Roger met Renee to buy materials and built the bench for Mill Trail #6 at his barn. Installed by crew on Jan 12  Official 
Tree Clearing  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  2.5  2   12/27/2021  Removed three fair size ash trees that had fallen across the trail. The ash cemetery. Trail appears to be getting lots of use.  Official 
Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  2.0  2   12/23/2021  Cleared Third Deck tree  Official 
Mill Mountain Trail #6  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke  57.0  12   12/22/2021  While many were willing to work right before Christmas, none of us wanted the miserable wind we had on this day. Not below freezing, but the wind was howling. Had three on the bottom working on removal of wisteria stumps and vines, two in the middle on the climbing turn, and the rest forging ahead into the windstorm. As we were quitting, got report of the tree we had heard fall, exploding into the lower trail. We made short work of it with five people.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  12.3  2   12/19/2021  We started the work to extend the lower banked switchback closest to beginning of trail. This will improve the drainage at the bottom where some people were still trying to make the turn in the drainage area. We are also improving the drainage and moving it a little. We are in the process of collecting and positioning the rock base for the extension. We also cleaned up a bunch of wood from fallen trees in the area and moved them to a place down the trail to serve as water diversion above the trail. We cleared up a few tangles of dead fall right above the trail.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  13.3  2   12/16/2021  We started off by working on the very beginning of the trail. The banked turn heading into the road. It had a section of very steep back slope. We changed it to a nice more banked turn. We also moved a bunch of dead trees up behind the trail to divert water coming down from above so it does not flow into our kind of steep turn. Then we headed down and grabbed the Cannycom from our last work zone. Then continued down to the road just past Schoolhouse junction with this trail. We have done a bunch of work reshaping the road this year. We filled in a very low spot on uphill side and some of that is settling and soft. We hauled a bunch of rock down and pounded it into the road. It sunk like crazy. We also grabbed the Jumping Jack compactor and used it to smash the rock in also.   Official 
Mill Mountain Trail #6  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke  91.0  15   12/15/2021  Beautiful day for December. Big crew and got lots done. Shannon and Tom cut the dead, vine covered trees at the beginning. Then Shannon, Jim b., Tom and Barry built a beautiful retaining wall to climb the hill. Required lots of rock and dirt, which Roger transported in the Canycom. Others worked up on the hill, working into the climbing turn. A lovely day.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  13.1  2   12/12/2021  Today we finished fixing the section of trail where we had a sink hole in our armored crossing of a multi layer drainage. We smashed around 3 cannycom loads of rocking into the trail on both sides of the crossing and reshaped the trail for better flow and drainage.   Official 
Mill Mountain Trail #6  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke  72.0  12   12/8/2021  Surprisingly nice day, given the forecast. Had three focus areas - front line on trail construction, switchback turn, and bottom climb in the wisteria jungle. Lots of dirt and rocks moved. Bud brought cupcakes to celebrate the December birthdays.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  22.6  4   12/5/2021  Rex and Steve blew leaves off the downhill side of the trail to keep them from making edge that holds water. They used their shoes in some drainages to kick down some edges that grew over the years. They did not blow leaves off the backslope where they do no harm. Turtle and I worked on the repair of the sinkhole some more. We drove more rocks into oblivion We had to expand our repair area a little more. We are almost done. The normal use area is done. We are just working on the support areas now.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  14.3  2   12/2/2021  Continued fixing the big sinkhole in an armored spring fed creek crossing. We are getting close to being done, but as our rock choices are becoming more limited, it is harder to make them fit right.  Official 
Mill Mountain Trail #6  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke  36.0  12   12/1/2021  Back to trail work. Did some clean up of NPLD work and then proceeded onto new trail digging. Renee blew off leaves in several spots to facilitate seeing the ground. Rain ran us off by noon  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  10.2  2   11/28/2021  Continue work on sinkhole section of creek crossing. We installed 3 more rocks. We also cleaned out more dirt so we could have better drainage.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  14.3  2   11/18/2021  Continued work on sink hole repair of armored crossing. Cleaned out lots of dirt and replaced with French drain under the large armor rocks. We had to partly fill in the hole of the section we could not finish and set up cones to keep people in the smoother area of the crossing.  Official 
Summit View Bridge Construction  Summit View Business Park  Franklin County  52.8  11   11/17/2021  Finished. Another sunny warm day in Franklin County. Started by checking bolts, and did in fact find some that needed more tightening. Then started on the deck. The first board, which they had precut with a notch, required some disassembly and cutting. The good news is that the bolts were self tapping and generally did not require pre-drilling. The more time consuming news was that the boards had lots of curvature, some variation in size from end to end, and some bowing. To overcome that we measured every board's distance from a post to keep boards running square. Barry and Greg handled getting all the boards on the deck, while deck crew was working and Dave was persuading any bolts that wouldn't go in. Then they lined up all the materials for the railings. By lunch we were within six boards of done and had half the railing up. Paul helped with some of the railing. When finished, we loaded all tools and put scrap lumber in a pile for Patrick, before having a ribbon cutting.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  13.3  2   11/14/2021  On the way in today we pulled down the big leaner tree near intersection of Little Bell and School House. Then we used come-a-long and chains and straps to move the tree into a position that would both block social trail problem area without blocking water flow. It took a while to position it. Then we moved large rocks over to the armored crossing that has sunk some. We then positioned the largest rock into a spot down off the trail but important to hold everything in place. We will be building up from the bottom sturdy base.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  14.7  3   11/10/2021  We finished the reopening of the access trail. Then we hauled rocks to fill in the huge root ball hole next to trail. Started to cover with dirt, but ran out of dirt from the root ball. Will need to harvest a bit more. We also started the hunt for large armoring rocks to repair and improve the sunken creek crossing.   Official 
Summit View Bridge Construction  Summit View Business Park  Franklin County  107.0  16   11/10/2021  We had great expectations, which we only partially met. We did get the top rail on and tightened all the bolts. Set back when that process caused the scaffold to break and bridge to settle. Spent considerable time on regaining the camber. Hope it holds. Finally removed the scaffolding. Will see next week. Thanks to Franklin County for great lunch and Nice water bottles.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  24.2  4   11/7/2021  First I went to get non-Ethanol equipment gas (15gal). Then met crew in BS lot. We finished up the naturalizing for the area we had been working in including shaping up the backslope also. Then we moved all the equipment over to our new area of work and reopened an old access trail to get there.   Official 
Summit View Bridge Construction  Summit View Business Park  Franklin County  82.5  13   11/3/2021  Great crew. Completed multiple steps in bridge construction up to step 9.  Official 
Summit View Bridge Construction  Summit View Business Park  Franklin County  61.0  9   10/27/2021  This seemed like a more productive day than last week. All were impressed with Shannon's scaffold and support system and relieved to see the concrete straight edge.. Started with some wind and cold, but by lunch it was warm and the wind dying down. We split into three teams - supports and level team, plates team and inventory team. It was slow going, but steady. Supports team was basically done by lunch. Still had some work on the plates team (missing plates did not arrive due to a Bridge Co error), but we were able to set the first beam (B1 and B2 sandwiched) before we left. Kudos to Frank for careful reading of the plans and interpretation of the drawings, Roger for persistence on the plates and layout, Shannon for installing the scaffold on Tuesday, Jim Brown for care on the levels and shims.and all others for providing the grunt work and go power. Also special thanks to Paul and Franklin Co for providing lunch and Patrick to providing tractor support.  Official 
Summit View Bridge Construction  Summit View Business Park  Franklin County  10.0  2   10/26/2021  To facilitate the shimming system (by others), Shannon designed a support system using his scaffold and some surplus beams he had at home. Then he and Liz drove to site and installed, so that it would be ready for Wed. Installation required moving lots of riprap and shuffling around, but finally got it basically level for the beams, 5 feet apart. The biggest issue was the huge wind as a front moved through.  Official 
Summit View Bridge Construction  Summit View Business Park  Franklin County  20.5  3   10/25/2021  To facilitate the Wed work day, Roger, Shannon and Liz met on site to cut the concrete where it had bowed and get the abutment ready. Picked up anchor bolts, rented a concrete saw, with which Shannon did a beautiful straight line and made lots of dust. Then he and Roger cut out approximate landing spot for the stringers with disc grinders. Then returned all that stuff, as weather moved into the predicted rain front.  Official 
Summit View Bridge Construction  Summit View Business Park  Franklin County  50.0  10   10/20/2021  As the 21 day curing period for the concrete approached, we moved back to Franklin County for the bridge. This first day was pretty frustrating, as we didn't really know what we were doing. While Roger and Jim B debated support systems, Barry and Blanche set to work on inventory of the parts, which we had just then released from their shrink wrap. Ultimately they discovered we were missing two foundations plates, needed at the very beginning.Franklin Co provided lunch, which we felt we hadn't really earned, but we had gained some critical information and had seen the parts and what we were to do. Plus, after carrying one stringer out there, we learned the concrete needed to be cut where it had bowed during the pour.  Official 
Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  6.0  2   10/19/2021  At Renee's request, cut trees down on Hotel and Arrowhead. In addition to the down trees, removed on both trails some standing dead, leaning over the trail trees. Maybe that will prolong the need for the next trip for tree removal.  Official 
Tree Clearing  Hinchee Trail  Roanoke County  4.0  2   10/14/2021  Report of large tree down, which brought others down, was correct. The good news is that it did not fall across the trail, but was just below the trail and fell down. Three big rootballs now showing down there and the trail is slightly undermined on the edge. Since there, we proceeded to clean up other fallen trees that were still sticking out over the ditch or trail.Beautiful day and saw no one.  Official 
Tree Clearing  Roanoke River Greenway  City Of Roanoke  47.5  9   10/13/2021  Continuation from last week. Some raked what was previously done, others kept up the steady stream of cutting, others pulled the bushes and trees into a continual pile along the greenway. The brush truck hauled two loads while we were there. Afternoon sun made us all fade fast when it got hot. We were agreed that working on the riprap hill was tiring.  Official 
Tree Clearing  Roanoke River Greenway  City Of Roanoke  51.5  11   10/6/2021  The City is going to repave the section of Roanoke River Greenway where tree roots have made it into a roller coaster. Our job was to help with removal of invasive honeysuckle bushes, siberian elms, pears, tree of heaven. We cut and stacked about 3 huge loads for the tree removal truck. Multiple saws running, lots of pullers and swampers, hand saws, etc. Those bushes are huge.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  22.9  3   10/3/2021  We pretty much finished the armored spring crossing. Used up every rock we had brought over. We might need to smash a few more rocks around the perimeter. Then we can naturalize the area. Some naturalizing material was gathered into piles in prep. Much dirt was mined and packed into both sides of the armoring to blend with rest of trail.  Official 
Summit View Bridge Construction  Summit View Business Park  Franklin County  13.8  4   10/1/2021  Met the concrete truck for the first of the day delivery. Did some frantic additions to the bracing. Roger had brought some stakes to add to bottom edge. Shannon worked on pinning top board. We still worried throughout that we had bulging concrete and could blow out the form. Glad for Shannon's expertise and assistance of the driver, as well as Paul and Patrick. We still felt like we had it within spec. Final finish work by Shannon.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  15.1  3   9/30/2021  We continued with armoring spring area. We also opened a small dirt mine and improved the rock dirt interface on an armored turn near big rock bridge area. Also armored a backslope that had some erosion. On the way out, we cut a fallen tree off Little Bell.  Official 
Summit View Bridge Construction  Summit View Business Park  Franklin County  46.0  7   9/29/2021  Installed the forms that Roger and Jim B had pre-fabbed. The holes turned out to be too deep, so we spent several hours shoveling, then getting the County front end loader to help, then smoothing out the base, etc. Finally got to where we thought we had the same elevation on each side. Put in the forms and jiggled and slid and moved to get square. Then installed the rebar mesh. Then did some bracing. Paul brought pizza for lunch. By early afternoon we were all out of water and eager for a stop for a big slurpee.  Official 
Maintenance  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  4.0  2   9/28/2021  Adam and his worker were mowing all day. Helped with weed eating around parking lot and entry areas.  Official 
Maintenance  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  39.0  9   9/27/2021  Rained out last Wed, we worked Monday to be ready for Thursday's ribbon cutting. Tom headed up to cut all fallen ash trees. Roger and Barry did a thorough weed eating on the trail. Frank, Jim B, Jimbo blazed from the parking lot to 311 and then all of Phase 1. Liz and Blanche weedeated at the shelter and benches and blazed along the road.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  31.5  5   9/26/2021  First we reopened access to allow us to get past rock bridge from where we are accessing our work area now so that on a later workday we can send some volunteers over there to fix a few spots. Then we hunted for rocks. We also continued work on the large armored spring crossing area. Also the creek crossing was starting to get a bit of undercutting, so we added large rocks downstream to prevent that. We picked some nice rounded rocks from an old farmer's rock pile.  Official 
Maintenance  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  7.5  3   9/24/2021  Because we were rained out Wednesday, some volunteered to work on weed eating on Phase 1, to put us ahead next week. Ribbon cutting scheduled for Thursday the 30th, working Monday. Bud and Liz ran seedeaters; Dave got his mower to define the corridor. Bud went as far as power line. Picked up trash. Water still an issue below the wetland, but riprap laid several years ago is not a viable option for hikers.  Official 
Summit View Bridge Construction  Summit View Business Park  Franklin County  6.0  2   9/21/2021  Roger and Shannon met the backhoe operator to supervise digging the holes for the abutments. Some drizzle but luckily finished before the intense rain.  Official 
Mill Mountain Trail #6  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke  206.8  41   9/18/2021  National Public Lands Day, so worked Sat instead of Wed. True wisteria jungle at the beginning, but lots of hands to help. Blanche, Dave, and Shannon led a crew from guardrail to the first big tree, Bud was in the middle section, Brian Batteiger, Roger, Barry, Frank were front runners into digging trail. Great to see so many young people, users, runners, etc. Good day with lunch provided by the City, but suddenly turned hot after lunch.  Official 
Mill Mountain Trail #6  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke  4.0  2   9/16/2021  Cutting down trees in preparation for National Public Lands Day  Official 
Mill Mountain Trail #6  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke  4.8  3   9/15/2021  Renee had cut through the wisteria with brush cutter. Pin flagged for NPLD.  Official 
Summit View Bridge Construction  Summit View Business Park  Franklin County  8.0  2   9/15/2021  Pre-fabbed forms for abutment in Roger's barn.  Official 
Summit View Bridge Construction  Summit View Business Park  Franklin County  7.5  3   9/9/2021  Met on site to layout abutment so that Franklin County staff can dig it with a machine.  Official 
Maintenance  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  3.0  1   9/8/2021  Bob walked Phase 1 and 2, reported to the County, removed some of deadfall.  Official 
Mill Mountain Trail #15  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke/ Blue Ridge Parkway  22.0  11   9/8/2021  Finished up the Yellowjacket Trail (#15). Added a little fill at top of ramp, built middle section, rolling grade in one spot, blazing, and built a Y connection at the road. Users already on it.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  28.5  4   9/6/2021  Finished up most work on the first drainage area we armored and started the main one where the spring is. Also have most of the lemon squeezer ride around armoring done. We had to go harvest some more rocks.  Official 
Summit View Bridge Construction  Summit View Business Park  Franklin County  4.0  2   9/2/2021  Trip to Lowes and Habitat for rebar and lumber for construction of forms for bridge abutment  Official 
Summit View Bridge Construction  Summit View Business Park  Franklin County  6.5  2   8/31/2021  Met Paul Chapman, Parks Director, to see the site and discuss what needed to be done to get bridge built. He has ordered a put-it-together bridge, which will arrive Sept, but does not have abutments designed. Roger will draw up a rough abutment for consideration by Franklin County staff.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  23.9  3   8/29/2021  We are continuing our work on rock armoring sections of finished trail. We are still in the area between Lemon Squeezer and the armored creek crossing. Our main mission in this area was supposed to be the spring crossing trail. But we wanted to do a few other places before spring due to logistics. We might have near all the large rocks needed after the rock collection effort today. Ron was our designated rock smasher today and he did a great job even in extreme heat and horse flies.  Official 
Mill Mountain Trail #15  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke  45.0  10   8/25/2021  Dog days of summer for sure. With John R and Barry super focused, others helping, the climb up to Wood Thrush was finished. Waiting for a good rain to settle it all and see if it needs tweaking. Roger removed the cable obstacle, one strand at a time. Others worked on digging the remaining trail section. We hope to finish in one more week.  Official 
Mill Mountain Trail #6  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke  4.0  2   8/24/2021  Flagged trail route in preparation for NPLD and in order to do Project forms for approval  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  25.3  3   8/22/2021  We worked on some rock armoring of a drainage and a go around of the lemon squeezer scenic feature that some people must not enjoy as much as some of us. The horse flies made it hard to focus on the work. We smashed a few fingers, I will blame the horse flies for making us loose our focus.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  24.3  4   8/20/2021  We are working about mid point in the trail where the 'lemon squeezer' rock passage is and down to the creek crossing. We are armoring a go around people are using that must not like the squeeze. We have reduced the drainages to two and working to rock armor them. One has a spring, but we have to do that one last so we can haul rocks in to the other ones easier. We had to stop with things part way done today as the weather was turning worse and we had stayed longer than the team wanted.   Official 
Maury River Access  Wind River  Rockbridge County  80.0  10   8/11/2021  Return to step building and removal of large trees. Used a rope for a handhold. Roger and Jim B finished the top flight, Shannon and Bud most of the curved section. lots of hauling, sawing, rebar, etc.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  12.4  2   8/11/2021  It was very hot today. We moved some rock over to where we wanted to armor and then I studied the area some more and decided to reshape the whole section of trail to reduce the number of drainages we need to armor. We moved dirt and smashed rock and removed organic material from the good clay. We have a little more to do before the rocks go in. We stopped early due to heat. On way out Renee caught us just in time and we helped her crew put a thrown track back on their Ditch Witch. They needed some more tools that they did not have with them because they have never thrown a track yet. It is very hard to put tracks back on in the field.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  18.1  2   8/8/2021  I filled all the no-ethanol cans & DW. Plus diesel and truck. Then we stopped on way to Rock-N-Roll to once again close all the social trails between Little Bell and Road that keep getting opened back up. This time we used DW to drag very heavy logs to this area. We spent an hour on this. Then we moved equipment and opened up an old access to mid Rock-N-Roll trail to work on improving a few areas on the trail. We spent time collecting some nice armoring rocks. We will likely start with armoring the trail in two low spots near the tight rock passage and then add official rock path for the go around people are using around the tight rock passage. We decided closing would probably not work and not sure why people are doing this, but assume people are scared to go between the rocks or don't know how to keep their flow through the rocks by putting front wheel on the outside rock. I guess I incorrectly thought all people would love to experience the amazingly cool rock slot and instead a significant few want to just blast through the area.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  32.8  5   8/6/2021  We finished naturalizing the trail and closed the access routes. We also did a bunch more road work in the area and shut down the barrow pit off the road. Before we shut that down is was producing some very nice soft shale which was used on the road. We gathered up a lot of fallen wood and buried it before capping with dirt and naturalizing.  Official 
Maury River Access  Wind River  Rockbridge County  180.0  15   8/4/2021  Quite a day. Large crew eager to help Bill with his envisioned trail. Until they saw it. Then confusion arose as Bill made his way down and had moved the flags; further delays when Janet fell and broke her fibula, necessitating a trip to ER. Lots of slip sliding down on the very dry, very steep hill. Still amazing progress made, using down cedar for crib walls. Lots of solid rock to make things difficult. Great swim at the end of the day and divine dinner and refreshments.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  38.5  7   8/1/2021  Today was another day of naturalizing above and below the trail. We also have been working on closing down the old access road and naturalizing that. Then at the end of day we put some time into road repairs in the area.  Official 
Mill Mountain Trail #15  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke/ Blue Ridge Parkway  33.0  11   7/28/2021  Short day due to afternoon events. John R brought his gorilla cart, which helped with rock collection. With four on rocks, the approach to Wood Thrush made substantial progress and is ready for a layer of railroad size rock and then backfill. Others worked hard on digging trail; found lots of railroad size rock. Glad to have Dave back.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  15.9  3   7/25/2021  We mostly focused on naturalizing around the trail today. We also worked on shutting down the old parallel access road. That process is allowing us to harvest some extra naturalizing material. But I had some issues today as the material is a little thin in the area we are in now. After everyone left, I worked for a bit on the Happy Valley Fire Road. The area I focused on today we between the old access trail where it hit the road and working towards where Rock-N-Roll hits the road.  Official 
Maintenance  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  4.0  2   7/22/2021  Bob and Jim reported no trees down on section west of 311. Trimmed trees and hacked weeds  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  15.3  3   7/22/2021  We spent the whole day working on naturalizing mostly the uphill side of the trail starting at the end and working back. As I use the Vermeer to naturalize and shut down the access road we were using, I was also harvesting some organic mats from spread out areas which I could easily naturalize to grow future new ones. I piled up the mats for the rest of the crew to load up in the Cannycom and haul down and place where needed. We have more left to do yet and some work on downhill side naturalizing also.  Official 
Mill Mountain Trail #15  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke/ Blue Ridge Parkway  44.0  11   7/21/2021  Continued on rehab of trail. Jim Brown and crew finished drainage crossing. Roger and crew worked on crossing of rock feature. John Robbins started on the climb up to Wood Thrush. This is mostly road fill, steep downfall. We started with forming a rock base at the bottom, using multiple folks from crew to rock net the bigger rocks. Still need another layer of tiered rock wall. Due to bad air alerts (smoke from out west) and heat, we had agreed to quit mid-day.  Official 
Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  4.0  2   7/19/2021  Tom and Doris removed large trees reported down on First Deck. Encountered wasps at gate at Timberview  Official 
Happy Valley Road Repairs  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  3.9  2   7/16/2021  Loaded up gravel from pile near BS gate. Reshaped the pile. Hauled gravel all the way to Rock-N-Roll/School House intersection and thinly spread on the dirt we added to road to improve years of grading issues with road. The road should NOT be crowned here, but instead sloop to downhill side. That is because the road is on a side hill with no outside turn where a ditch would be needed. No creek crosses the road here either. But this is a very long section of road and we can only do a little at a time.  Official 
Happy Valley Road Repairs  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  16.3  3   7/14/2021  We did a little finishing work on the back slope near the bottom of the trail. Mostly though we worked on the road near where Rock-N-Roll comes out by School House and all the way to almost the sharp left turn where School House used to come out. The road would really hold water. We are trying to fix that. It is a lot of work. We are at the point we need some more gravel and we will have to haul it all the way from Bennett Springs gate area. We have the road starting to slope the right way to drain better.  Official 
Mill Mountain Trail #15  Mill Mountain  City Of Roanoke/ Blue Ridge Parkway  50.0  11   7/14/2021  Began rehab/maintenance on Trail #15 in Mill Mtn Trail Plan, also Authorized Trail in BRP Trail Plan. First section was easy work. Then we hit yellow jackets; Alex and Liz were stung. Several nests after that. Got almost to the feature rock, but couldn't do the drainage crossing  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  39.5  7   7/11/2021  We stopped on the way in to move some fallen trees over to block the shortcuts from Little Bell to fire road. With more people we could haul heavier stuff. Due to wet weather we could not do trail finishing work. We chose instead to harvest rock from the old fire road/access trail. We need some of these for the armoring we will be going back and doing in selected places on Rock-N-Roll. Some naturalizing was done on Rock-N-Roll using piles of organic from way up where we were gathering rock as no more piles left along trail anymore. Rex clipped the vines that were again over-running the access trail that we will be using for some time.  Official 
Bridge the Gap Plaza  Roanoke River Greenway  City Of Roanoke  18.0  3   7/9/2021  Installed plaque on the rock. Not easy. Required lots of cutting and sanding with angle grinder.  Official 
Maintenance  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  4.5  1   7/7/2021  Roger opted to leave the crew and finish the weedeating on Catawba. Went all the way through  Official 
Maintenance, Laurel Canyon  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  36.0  9   7/7/2021  Continued on with clearing, rehab, re-benching along the old road bed  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  6.8  2   7/7/2021  Turtle adjusted the 6th from the top jump rock a little so that it had a little less lift. I worked on naturalizing old access routes roughly with Vermeer machine to make hand work easier later. We did a short day and really needed to grab some tools for a greenway work day. I am trying to recover from bad poison ivy rash I got twice working on the end of this trail.  Official 
Sign Installation and Trail Maintenance  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  61.0  13   6/30/2021  We installed the five trail signs that the county had bought, often digging in asphalt. Blanche and Jimbo blazed the upper portion of the trail. Shannon, Roger and Tom ran weedeaters, and found it was lots and lots to cut. We moved that one post down to the trail to hold blazes. Trimmed trees along the road part. We are ready for the ribbon cutting, whenever they get around to it.  Official 
Bridge the Gap Plaza  Roanoke River Greenway  City Of Roanoke  8.5  5   6/29/2021  Finishing touches. Shannon brought topsoil we bought and then mulch. Laura Reilly brought the plants. With her speed and digger, she laid them out and we planted them (~250) in about 45 minutes. Meanwhile the artwork arrived and we got to see that installed, with only a minor stud movement to make the base fit right on our bolts. It was perfectly level. Great job crew!!  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  13.3  3   6/28/2021  Add some finishing dirt to shape the last part of the trail and make sure the trail is above the area below the trail for good drainage. Also worked on the road all around where School House Rock joins with School House. Also worked on the entry of School House where there was erosion from water runoff from the road. Trying to reroute a lot of that water best as can, but not easy to do in a non noticeable way. Making very slow changes to road in order to not cause mud issues where we are adding dirt.  Official 
Bridge the Gap Plaza  Roanoke River Greenway  City Of Roanoke  7.0  4   6/25/2021  Pulled the forms with no issues. Smoothed the circle dirt. Swept. Met an Australian going through on his bike; said he was from Victoria; knew Bill was from Melbourne.  Official 
Bridge the Gap Plaza  Roanoke River Greenway  City Of Roanoke  31.8  8   6/24/2021  The big pour day. Concrete is rush rush rush as you get it down and smooth it, then wait wait wait as you watch it cure. Boxley donated the concrete and they were right on time. The QA guy came with them, and he was a help with raking. Jim Brown meticulously measured for the jig for the artwork and got that installed on the pad. Others raked, troweled, pulled, screed - whatever Shannon told us. Lots of edging and brooming. Hot hot hot. A few stayed til 7 to be sure we got no names in the concrete.  Official 
Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  1.5  1   6/24/2021  Cut tree off Rock-N-Roll 8/10 of mile in from start.  Official 
Bridge the Gap Plaza  Roanoke River Greenway  City Of Roanoke  91.5  16   6/23/2021  The start of an urban project, building a "nook" to recognize donors, with artwork, a bench and a rock. Our job was to form up the sidewalk space for Thursday concrete. The ground was hard as rock, in spite of the rain Tuesday, and we would never have gotten it done without the DW from the City and Shannon's tractor. Put the rock and dirt on Shannon's truck, and then got permission to fill a low spot on Barrows and take some to a rutted area near their building. It was a day for picks and digging bars. Fortunately the forms were easier than the digging. We gave up on putting down gravel as we felt like we were already in rock. Had a deadline for folks to get to GC and on to Bill's  Official 
Bridge the Gap Plaza  Roanoke River Greenway  City Of Roanoke  3.0  1   6/22/2021  Jim cut the forms and made the artwork jig for us.  Official 
Happy Valley Culvert Cleaning  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  1.3  1   6/21/2021  More work on clogged culvert. Water the transplanted ferns on Rock-N-Roll trail.  Official 
Happy Valley Culvert Cleaning  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  1.5  1   6/19/2021  Dug out some of the dirt on the entry side of the worst clogged culvert. Had better flow for a little while at least.  Official 
Happy Valley Road Repairs  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  5.5  1   6/17/2021  Got two truck loads of rocks from Tunnel Road spoils and two loads of pug mill from rock pile near gate and spread on sections of Happy Valley that needed it.  Official 
Maintenance  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  6.0  2   6/17/2021  Removed two small blowdowns and whacked weeds and overhanging branches.  Official 
Maintenance, Laurel Canyon  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  78.0  12   6/16/2021  We focused on another site that needed widening, although flags had disappeared. Tom and Shannon cut to the current end, with Tom enjoying his new battery powered saw. Jim B finished his drainage crossing. Beautiful day, high 60s, nice breeze.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  23.4  4   6/13/2021  It was misty in the morning but cleared up later. We had to cut a 14" diameter fallen pine tree off the road on way in. I used Pathfinders new 12" electric chain saw and it worked well. Around 8 full diameter cuts and a bunch of limbs. The upper dirt mine was too wet to use, so we had to find another one if possible off the road. We eventually did find a good spot to get some dirt and provide drainage. We did more finishing work on the trail and did a lot of naturalizing of the hillside where the trail intersects the road. Also a bunch of naturalizing was done further up the trail. All our organic piles are used up and we had to mine some of that material also. Turtle transplanted a bunch of ferns from places on the road we plan to work on...so we basically saved them and utilized them. Also pulled about 25 logs out of the ditches and road up by the left turn past School House junction where the trail used to hit the road a long time ago.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  23.4  5   6/10/2021  We timed the weather perfect today. We got out and home just before the storms cut loose. We did a bunch of naturalizing today. We also got 4 cannycom loads of dirt placed on the trail tread in places needed for best shape. We cut a fallen tree off the old road access trail.  Official 
Maintenance, Laurel Canyon  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  71.5  12   6/9/2021  We all focused today on one of the flagged sections, widening the bench to a normal width. It sure is faster to widen a bench than to build one. We had expected rain by noon, but, to our regret, didn't get it. Soil was like powder, super dry and dusty. We welcomed Homer Witcher's grandson Alex (not yet in system).  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  10.4  2   6/6/2021  We closed down the lower dirt mine that is also a drainage above the trail and naturalized the area. We added good dirt to the ferns that Turtle planted in that area. We watered the ferns with all the water we had. We got dirt from upper dirt mine and did a bunch of finishing work on the trail tread.  Official 
Maintenance, Laurel Canyon  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  60.0  10   6/2/2021  Another flowering day on Laurel Canyon. This week the galax were stunning. Renee and Liz flagged areas that need to be widened, Bud kept on with the brush blade, others raked and dug trail.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  28.7  5   5/31/2021  We broke out to the road right across from Schoolhouse trail today! There was about 6 foot cliff there with all sorts of stickers and brush. We roughed in and reshaped to make a side hill trail down a much more extended length. We also worked to improve trail/road crossing viability. We are using all the good excess dirt to also improve the grade of the road at the same time to sheet the water off the road. We are getting into poison ivy that we are not seeing. I think it is from roots off giant vines we do see a way off the trail corridor. We have a lot more work to do to improve the trail and side slope of this area and also the road repairs. We still have finishing work up a way on the trail to do also.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  26.8  4   5/28/2021  Today we roughed in trail all the way down to the ledge before the road across from School House Trail. We had to clear a large area there as we plan to reshape that area for the trail down to the road. This was a huge mess of sticker vines. We will have to get the rest from down from the road before we start to push the dirt down. Gerry focused on a lot of rock smashing to start the day out. That banked turn is probably the last feature on this trail. Then John and Turtle covered the last two rock bases of the features with dirt and shaped and compacted the dirt.  Official 
Maintenance  Hinchee Trail  Roanoke County  52.3  11   5/26/2021  Shortish day with many leaving for GC meeting. Cleaned ditches (by hand)- and culverts on lower end. Then around powerline and below first landing. Then up the road to the second landing.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  30.8  5   5/23/2021  First I ran and got 15 gallons of no-ethanol gas for the equipment. We worked on several projects. A bunch of naturalizing was done all the way down to the last access trail. This area took a lot of work. Dirt was mined and added to the grade reversal and banked turn before the last jump feature. A whole bunch of rocks were added to a new banked turn. To get the rocks we found some down off the road. We were careful to actually improve the road drainage and bank shape where we worked. More rocks were smashed around the armored drainage crossing.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  24.8  4   5/21/2021  We worked on the drainage above armored crossing and actually have been able to mine some dirt from there to use in other places on the trail. We raised the trail up in some spots for better drainage and user flow. Rocks were moved to shape the latest S curve through a group of trees. Then dirt was added to cover the rocks and can be adjusted for best shape. We have another small banked turn to do above this S curve. We are really close to finishing.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  2.8  1   5/20/2021  Worked on defining the landscape above our armored drainage crossing to make sure all the drainage goes across the trail where it is armored. Also finishing work and naturalizing around the trail in this area. Moving any found rock to where needed for the inflow and outflow of the armored crossing and around trees to keep dirt off the trunk.  Official 
Maintenance, Laurel Canyon  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  66.0  11   5/19/2021  Enjoyed a great day clearing an existing roadbed, Trail #30, now Laurel Canyon. This will tie into Buck when we build it. Stunning mountain laurel and Turkey's Beard. Roger and Tom on the chainsaws, Bud on brush blade, others trimming and raking.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  30.9  5   5/16/2021  It sprinkled all day. But we kept working. Most of the crew was hauling rock to our next feature that needed a grade reversal and banked turn between some trees. Turtle did the rock placements on this feature as two Canycoms were running non stop to keep him supplied. I focused on the armored drainage crossing I have been working on off and on. Today I got it almost finished. All rocks are in except for filling the gaps with smashed rock and adding rip rap above and below.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  26.5  4   5/13/2021  Roughed in some more trail and sorted through the organic to collect rock and organic matting. The rest was distributed in the woods. Worked on armored drainage crossing and grade reversal/jump features.   Official 
Maintenance  Hinchee Trail  Roanoke County  44.5  9   5/12/2021  Worked on removing tree debris, cleaning culverts, and cleaning ditches with the Witch. Tom and Jim B went on out the road to get a big tree.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  12.2  3   5/11/2021  We worked on the last two features plus the rock armored drainage. Also sorted through and distributed the rough in material piles. We hauled some dirt down for the last two features and shaped and compacted the dirt. We also cleared some fallen trees off the trail.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  1.8  1   5/10/2021  Place the next large jump rock on our current last feature. We have one more feature coming up next which could possibly be our last on this project.  Official 
Maintenance  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  4.5  2   5/6/2021  We removed small branches and did a little touch-up work on the tread here and there in two and a quarter hours   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  11.5  2   5/6/2021  Today we continued rework of last two jump features. One was completed with both a widening and banking of landing and adjustment of jump rock. The bottom one had its jump rock moved and more crushed rock added around it. We still need more dirt before reopening that one. We had to clear a large pine tree with tons of branches off the fire road. Also had to clear a tree from the trail right where we were working.  Official 
Construction  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  80.0  14   5/5/2021  Finished up with a great effort in lots of places. Bud, Barry, Shannon, and Jim Brown finished the bottom round of steps and Shannon did the rock work. Jim B installed the sign at the fire road. Tom, Steve, Greg, Chuck and Liz cleaned the jungle where Adam wants to replace the culvert on bottom section. Greg and Liz moved one blaze post. Roger and John R cut weeds in the field and all along the trail. Dave and Blanche cleared storm debris, and Tom cut trees. Big effort to push through, clean it all up and finish. Yeah!  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  7.8  2   5/2/2021  Turtle and I wanted to keep this a small crew as we needed to focus on fixing a few features to improve landing areas. We did not get finished and had to block both areas with cones and branches.  Official 
Construction  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  42.0  9   4/28/2021  Leaving the steps to sit for a week, we headed to the bottom for clean-up, weeding, etc. The truck was picking up the last of the 311 equipment, so we were glad to have our field back. Tom, Barry, Blanche & Liz went in from the bottom and cleared fallen limbs off the road from the bridge to the shelter. Joined the crew there that was doing a beautiful job on clean, weed digging, weed whacking. Roger on the weedeater hit the field plus the trail on either side. Looked much better and allowed some spot improvements.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  38.3  6   4/28/2021  We redid a section of finishing work that did not have proper shape. It was missing the proper edge of trail to allow us to naturalize later without blocking water on trail tread. We also worked on smashing rock into the trail tread in a drainage area to harden it. We covered two of the grade reversal features with dirt. A few more stones were added to what will be a rock exposed armored section. A small bit of trail was roughed in.  Official 
Signs  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  9.5  1   4/27/2021  Made signs to go on fire road (various days added together)  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  37.8  6   4/25/2021  Today the trail was too wet to do finishing work. So we collected a whole lot of rock. We hauled some down to our features, but most we piled up on the side of the road for future use. I was after some large rocks for a drainage crossing and to find those you have to go through a lot of rock sometimes like today. Turtle and Dan did some rock smashing on the latest feature.  Official 
Construction  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  57.5  15   4/21/2021  Oh my gosh. Who made it so cold?!!! Freezing wind. Those up high got the worst of it. Roger joined bottom step crew. Dave worked on root crossing. Blanche orchestrated reverse grade under the powerline. Lots of cutting and hauling for cribbing. Tough day  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  16.0  4   4/20/2021  Today we did some finishing tread work and rock work on two of the features.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  40.8  6   4/18/2021  Today we did several projects. Two large piles from roughing in trail were sorted and remaining material dispersed. A large section of trail had finishing work done on it in the same area. I worked on rock armoring a drainage. Ron Smashed some rocks in a grade change feature just before the drainage I was working in. Turtle started setting rocks for the next feature/jump which will be a big one. We brought in a rock for it today. We also did some temporary patching of the place in fire road where culvert seems to be collapsing. Then at the end of day we harvested lots of rock from up the old fire road which is a long way from where we are working. Cathy came out and worked after running the marathon yesterday!  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  10.7  2   4/16/2021  We harvested rock and hauled it to the areas we need it. We also did two loads of dirt for covering on two french drains. We are looking for some large rocks for our next extra special feature. We found some, but need more. Lots of work to find them and haul them to where we need them.  Official 
Construction  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  65.0  13   4/14/2021  In spite of forecast, it did not rain. Had lots of worker bees gathering rocks, a crew building middle steps and a crew on bottom steps. Several building the crossing of the ditch. Great production.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  37.2  6   4/11/2021  Turns out that Carvins Cove Bennett Springs side must have had a huge amount of rain last night. The creeks were flowing heavier than I have seen in some time. The work we have been doing on the road has really paid off as there was water on the road in places, but very little mud until you get to the areas we have not worked as much. Anyway, the trail was too wet to work on. So we just focused on harvesting rock and adding another water diverter to the old road which we can do easily as part of the rock harvest. It is great to accomplish multiple objectives at the same time. We did end up being able to haul many loads of rock down to the new trail in places we needed it. On the way out Turtle and I cut quite a mess of tangled trees off the first switchback on Rock-N-Roll. It appears someone was trying to do a good thing cutting the leaning tree and it ended up falling into another tree breaking it up high and making a dangerous bind to clean up. Took a lot of time to release the pressure and the tree still jumped back violently. Stuart from BROC brought us pizza out around 1pm that Little Caesars donated...Thanks to both!   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  14.9  4   4/9/2021  We took a chance with the weather forecast today and got lucky. We did pack up when it started to sprinkle a little after 4. Turtle gathered and placed rock for our next feature which is also providing a grade change and root protection between some trees. The rest of us worked on roughing in some new trail. We are in an area with a huge amount of fallen trees which makes it hard to work. We had to move a bunch of dead trees and spread them around instead of a big pile. There are also a bunch of drainage swells in this area that might need to be hardened.   Official 
Construction  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  67.5  12   4/7/2021  Sunny, hot, spring day. Lots of traffic in the parking lot, on 311, on the fire road. Shannon brought the remaining lumber we need, and Blanche and Liz cut it at the road. Bud, Shannon, and Barry worked on bottom steps. Roger, Frank, and Jimbo did middle steps. Others did lots of hauling materials. Dave worked on finishing upper trail. John worked on rock steps. Tom and Blanche installed the sign post. Lots of jobs and lots of hard working people.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  48.6  8   4/6/2021  Weather was Great! Got up to 80 I think. Turtle used the DW to mine dirt and apply to the latest jump/feature. The rest of us worked on both finishing work and roughing in work below that feature. We made great progress. Later in the day I worked on some finishing work above the feature and Turtle did some repair work with adding dirt to a few spots that needed touch up as the trail is settling in a bit from all the fill we used and a bit of erosion with our fill on the features.   Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  8.7  2   3/30/2021  We collected rock from the old fire road and added it to our latest feature. Turtle also smashed some rock at the feature and I improved the drainage on the fire road where we were collecting rock. It was a bit slow going up at the road because I kept hitting unmovable bed rock like structures. The machine can usually jiggle rocks over 10,000 lbs, so these are beyond that and seem connected. Had to work careful in this area to not damage the tracks on Vermeer. We also found a very nice jump rock for this feature. This should be a fun jump into a banked turn.  Official 
Maintenance  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  38.0  9   3/24/2021  Due to several days of rain and mud at Catawba, we did a rainy day project by clearing ditches, shrubs, and culverts on Horsepen Trail at Carvins Cove. Many had not been there since we built the bridge. It was a cloudy damp day, but never rained on us and temperatures were great. Chainsaws, weedeaters, loppers, etc. Special thanks to the got-a-mechanic-coming team.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  33.0  5   3/21/2021  Jared smashed rocks almost all day! Thankfully he said he likes it. Turtle smashed rock and positioned rock. They were working in the latest banked turn/water diverter/jump. Steve, Rex and I focused on mining for rock while at the same time improving the old fire road where we are getting the rock from by adding water diverters with drainage areas. The spot on the road we are at now seems to hold many more small and medium rock and not the >200 lb like we have been used to.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  3.5  1   3/20/2021  Haul two Canycom loads of rock from rock mine to latest feature. Smash some rocks into a soft section of trail at previous feature.   Official 
Construction  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  58.8  12   3/17/2021  Great group. Blanche and Chuck went back to the field and raked and repaired the trail from there to the rock drainage. Shannon, Bud and Barry started on the bottom steps. Roger, Frank and Jimbo made great progress on the middle steps. Liz and Dave hauled lots of materials and tools. John and Tom cut trees from over the trail and on out the fire road. Several left early for vaccine #2!  Official 
Maintenance  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  2.0  1   3/17/2021  Digging to repair trail tread.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  2.5  1   3/17/2021  Hauled rock from sides of old road to latest feature. This is a long distance now and only had time for two loads.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  36.1  6   3/14/2021  Steve and Ron did a huge amount of naturalizing working their way from the top of the trail down about two jumps from the bottom. Turtle collected a bunch of rocks and started laying the foundation of the latest banked turn with possible jump to be added. It is a tricky one with tight turn and two trees close together. The rest of us roughed in a large amount of new trail. I walked where it connects with School House and could see the crew when looking back!  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  10.2  2   3/11/2021  Finished adding and compacting clay on the last rock pile/jump/water diverter feature. Xfer the jumping jack compactor back to BROC to share on another project after using it one this last feature. Roughed in a little more trail.  Official 
Construction  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  64.0  11   3/10/2021  Finally, back to our trail construction. Saw Jim Webb, who was doing AT work. Roger and crew started on the middle steps; tough assignment given the way the bank falls off. Blanche and Shannon built a beautiful rock wall on the edge of the top steps. John and Bud did finish work on some trail behind us. Others digging between the turns. Generator is getting heavier.  Official 
Maintenance  Catawba Greenway  Roanoke County  6.0  2   3/10/2021  Worked on erosion under the powerline. Cleared one blowdown, one needs a chainsaw. This was on the older part of the trail, to the left of 311.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  13.4  3   3/10/2021  Added some dirt to a few low spots in the trail. Worked on back slope in a few areas. Found rock for next jump and place it. Add rock base to a few places that needed to be widened. Add dirt on top of some of the rocks. Cut up some dead-fall blocking the rough in work.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  4.0  1   3/9/2021  Did some finishing work in a section we only had roughed in pretty far back from where we are roughing in now. This is the last section we passed up. It needed a lot of dirt moved. I had to sort out the largest rocks and a lot of roots. I did a lot of shaping of the back slope, but a little more needs to be done in this area and a bit of dirt brought in.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  29.3  5   3/7/2021  Finally back to the trail! The ground was still a bit wet, but not bad. We had to cut one tree from the road on the way in. We started out roughing in trail. Turtle worked on positioning a jump rock feature. Then we moved to finishing 3 large section of trail between last 3 features. We still have at least one more section to do that we skipped a while back.  Official 
Tree Clearing  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  16.0  4   3/5/2021  Two teams working, one from each end on Brushy Mtn Fire Road. Tom and Hugh came in from Bennett Springs. Cut 8 trees, when they met Roger and Bud at HiDeeHo. Roger and Bud came up Hinchee, cleared 14.5 trees. Great effort to get all that open before the first warm week end.  Official 
Happy Valley Road Repairs  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  17.3  3   3/4/2021  First we all worked on clearing logs that were starting to block the 4 big culverts as you enter the park. We used chains and the Ditch Witch to pull out the big ones. Turtle got down in the water with his tall boots. Then we loaded up Turtle and Gerry with gravel to spread from Tunnel road to Enchanted. Then they went to get larger rock to fill in the deeper erosion on the hill that I have been re-establishing the ditches on. We are also using some old shale material piled up next to road in the woods from a long time ago when the tunnels were made. We made the lowest place in the road the highest place now with a nice crown. But we have only don't that on part of the hill. We still have a whole lot of work to do in order to really finish it. Turtle stayed late and spread some more gravel where we were crowning the road with some dirt mixed in.  Official 
Trash Pick-Up  Roanoke River Greenway  City Of Roanoke  42.0  9   3/3/2021  Due to another day of too wet to dig trail, we pitched in to pick up trash on Roanoke River Greenway from Bennington trailhead to 9th St. Sunny day, so lots of users on the trail later in the morning. Load weighed in at ~1000 lb, which is amazing, given that most of it was plastic. Hard to get those bags out of trees. The trash grabbers helped.  Official 
Happy Valley Road Repairs  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  20.8  3   2/25/2021  First I went to fill up the No-Ethanol gas cans. Then I got to the work site early to unload Ditch Witch and start shaping the rock piles and working on nearby ditches. Then Loaded up Turtle and Gerry with stone to spread on the road. For their first two trips I waited at rock piles to load them up. and worked on ditch there. They focused on the road between rock pile and Tunnel Road. We are trying to make the road better on the way out so we can drive on good road even on these wet days without damaging the road. Then later in the day Turtle hand loaded his truck and I worked on the major issue with the road between Enchanted and Buck where water always runs down the road. The ditches were in the middle of road. This has been a lot of work, but should be worth it.  Official 
Trash Pick-Up  Roanoke River Greenway  City Of Roanoke  32.8  10   2/24/2021  Too muddy on the trails, so we spent the morning helping with trash pick-up from Bridge St to Memorial Ave. There were some old homeless camps near the beginning, which yielded lots of trash and furniture. Big group worked to the bridge, Dave went around to other end, others worked the homeless camps. Used all the plastic bags, which was almost a case! The City picked it up Thursday and carried 1300 pounds to landfill.  Official 
Tree Clearing  Hinchee Trail  Roanoke County  6.0  2   2/10/2021  Crew canceled for rain in morning, but Roger and Anne cut trees in afternoon. Hiked in  Official 
Happy Valley Road Repairs  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  8.3  2   2/9/2021  It was very wet on trails, so did some road work instead. But it was so wet we were not even sure that would be possible. So only two of us went out and we just focused on one area between Enchanted forest and Arrowhead. It is a hill that water runs down middle of road almost all the time. The ditches are totally filled in from past grading so road is lowest point all the way down. Worked on digging out a ditch on one side of road. We are not sure what we are going to do on other side because we did not want to funnel water onto Enchanted Forest Trail. However the only other solution is to slope all water to one side of road. Raising the other side of road will take a lot of work if we want to sort out the organic in the process. We did have a bit of a slow down due to problems with Pathfinder truck battery.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  Truck  Pathfinders  1.6  1   2/9/2021  Replaced battery in truck. Took truck to Advanced and had them change out the battery while I waited. Much better now. The old batter was 7 years old.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  39.9  7   1/24/2021  It was colder over night than expected and the ground was VERY frozen. So had to change my plans from tread finishing work to roughing in trail and working on rock for next jump/feature. Turtle installed a jump rock on the next ready grade reversal feature. We also made a new access trail since we were so close to cars we could see them. This will be one we close down as soon as trail is done, so we didn't put much time into it. Turtle and I picked out our next jump rock.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  18.3  3   1/21/2021  Cleared a few small trees of the road by hand, did not need saw. The dirt had perfect moisture in the dirt mine. So harvested dirt all day to cover latest two features which have a large smashed rock base. All organic material was sifted out of the dirt and the dirt was raked and shaped. Then the dirt was compacted with the jumping jack compactor. Did a little finishing work on a section of trail that was roughed in. More work needed on that section. Lots of organic material to pick out and more dirt needed.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  Canycom #2  Pathfinders  3.0  1   1/16/2021  Changed the engine oil 10w30. Changed the transmission oil 80-90 weight gear oil. Takes 2L, even though manual says 1.5. Put new tracks on and stored the old ones in trailer. Disposed of one really bad one that was in trailer. Drilled the 4 drain holes in bed a little bigger.  Official 
Tool & Equipment Maintenance  DW  Pathfinders  11.0  1   1/15/2021  There was a slow hydraulic fluid leak which had nothing to do if the machine was running or not. It would leak out the body of machine at the right slot where drive motor is. Maybe a gallon per month. The pump compartment was a HUGE mess from dust mixing with the oil for so long. The Roanoke County staff power washed the areas they could in the compartment which helped a lot. But still could not find the leak. I used 4 rolls of shop towels spray cleaner to slowly wipe off huge amounts of gunk from hard to reach areas around all fittings. After cleaned up some and sitting over night, I was able to easily see the leak. I was able to tighten a hose clamp to stop it. I did a bunch more cleaning and tightened many other hoses. I think I will clean this out more often. I ran out of towels, so I will need to do more cleaning some other time when I check again.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  3.0  1   1/14/2021  Biked out there and harvested rocks from around old fire road and used the dirt I moved to make grade reversal and water runoff area. Spent some time compacting and making it look nice. Found a lot of great rocks and set them aside for future use. It was good to combine some road improvements with the rock collection.  Official 
Happy Valley Road Repairs  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  25.2  4   1/11/2021  Because the snow two days ago and freeze thaw conditions, we switched to road work for today. It was very muddy out there and it did not phase the overflow parking lot and huge number of people using lower trails. hikers, horses, and bikes were all out there. I think some people stayed on road and it is great to make the road better for those people. If they do the right thing, we don't want them to get muddy. The Roanoke Parks and Rec had delivered a bunch of 21b stone last week and we loaded that into Turtles truck and Gerry's trailer. Then Turtle, Gerry, and John went out and lightly spread the stone on areas of the road where dirt was showing signs of having been muddy. The road was frozen when we started. It got soft as the day went on. Between filling the truck and trailer using Ditch Witch, I would load it on the trailer and run out to Tunnel road to turn around and unload to work on ditches in that area until the crew came back through for more stone. Then I would put machine back on trailer and follow them back to load them up. While this is not very efficient for the ditch work, it was better then not working on ditches which is the roads biggest issue due to past grading of the road into the ditches thus making road lower. We all hope that a grader is not used again thus destroying all our work!  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  9.1  2   1/7/2021  Harvest and move rock. Add water diverter to old fire road as part of rock harvest work. Smash rock and shape trail feature.  Official 
Catawba Greenway  CSC  Roanoke County  63.5  11   1/6/2021  Coming in from McAfee parking lot. Asplundh has certainly worn out the mudholes on the fire road. Roger and Jim Brown finished the top flight of steps, with Jimbo and Liz digging out ahead of them and transporting the dirt. Bud and a few helpers did an amazing job of fixing the section with the tall steep bank. It looks so good that you realize we need to do finish work on about 1000' behind there. Others worked on the legs between the turns. It is coming together. The step turns will probably take longer than the remaining trail work.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  11.7  3   1/6/2021  We roughed in more trail and gathered rock for yet another feature and to protect tree roots in a tight spot. This will make the 6th jump feature I think. Looks like we might be able to do one more after that.  Official 
Rock-N-Roll Trail Build  Carvins Cove  City Of Roanoke  14.3  3   1/4/2021  Today Steve and I roughed in more trail and Turtle collected and smashed more rock for the latest grade reversal and optional jump feature. It was a nice day and we got a lot done considering how wet it was out there.  Official 
Location Summary for Carvins Cove:   Total Project-Days = 208      Volunteer Hours = 5,464.4     Staff Hours = 233.3     Total Hours = 5,697.7
Report Summary:   Total Project-Days = 208      Volunteer Hours = 5,464.4     Staff Hours = 233.3     Total Hours = 5,697.7