Third Sterling Mine Ditch Trail Work Party, March 16, 2013

Come Enjoy the Early Spring Wildflowers While Helping Trim the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail on March 16!

Our trail work parties offer great outdoor exercise, a chance to meet new and interesting people, a chance to explore new places, a much-valued opportunity to do community volunteer work and most important … a guaranteed chance for fun! Your efforts keep the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail open for year-round use! Please bring your friends as many hands make light work.

When: March 16 – Saturday 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Where: Meet at the Deming Trail Head at 8:30 AM. This is a half-day work party; we’ll return to the parking area by 1:00. The Deming TH is off of Sterling Creek Road, (twenty minutes) south of Jacksonville. From downtown Jacksonville turn south on Oregon Street (the Good Bean Coffee shop will be on your left). Oregon Street turns into Applegate Street and again changes names to become Cady Road. At the top of the hill turn left on Sterling Creek Road and drive almost to the 9 mile marker. Turn left on Armstrong-Deming Road, and in 200 yards where the road forks, turn left. Travel uphill on a good gravel road for about 7/10 of a mile to the Deming trailhead.

What: This section of the trail contours along the western flank of Anderson Butte, passing through deep conifer forest, crosses Deming Creek, then passes through an oak-madrone woodland before ending at private property – a roughly 3 miles section of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail.

What to Bring: Wear comfortable hiking or work boots, dress in layers, bring loppers or pruning saw. If you have a Pulaski, Grubber, or sturdy shovel, bring it—we’ll be doing some minor root digging and tread work. Please bring water and whatever snacks you like. SUTA will provide tread tools (Pulaskis, Grubbers) and our renowned mid-morning baked goods snack!

Weather Contingencies: Current weather forecast for Jan 19th is for a sunny, 50 degree day. We cancel work parties ONLY if serious weather threatens (pouring rain, blinding snow). Occasional showers, mist, or flurries don’t deter us…but check the SUTA website late Friday if you have doubts.

RSVP to Jim Reiland at rogalla-reiland@q.com or 541-899-1091.

And if you are planning your calendar – our next work party is the third Saturday of April – April 20th, 2013. We’re looking forward to seeing you out on the trail.

Thanks for your help.

 

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