To those who helped clear the roads in Shenandoah National Park in late December and January, click this link to go to the Thank-you letter from Patrick Kenney, Superintendent of
Soup & Salad Hike
In past years, SSVC held a spaghetti dinner hike which was often cancelled because of winter weather. This year we would like to try a different take with a Soup & Salad Hike in April. We
will hike in the morning on the AT in the vicinity of the Schairer Trail Center. After the hike, we will travel to Schairer to enjoy soup and salad, and whatever other good food you would like to
bring. If you don’t want to hike, join us for the meal. It is a fairly easy 0.4 mile hike to the trail center from Skyline Drive off Eaton Hollow Overlook. Hold Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. for this
event. More details will be available in the April hike schedule.
April Trail Maintenance Class
Gary Flynn has begun his trail maintenance classes once again. He is hoping to hold monthly classes on the George Washington National Forest trails. His March workshop has filled up but
watch the calendar at www.meetup.com/PATCVolunteerEvents/ for details of workshops in April and the future.
We are looking for someone who would like to help with scheduling hikes on a monthly basis. This would entail contacting hike leaders near the end of the month and putting
their dates and hike write-ups in order for us to post as the hike schedule. There is not a lot of time involved, usually a few hours at the end of each month. Contact Jean Stephens or Pam Heinrich at SSVCPATC@gmail.com if interested.
Yard Cleanup at Schairer Trail Center
In December PATC crews took down quite a few dead ash trees around Schairer Trail Center just outside of SNP in Eaton Hollow (north end of SNP South District). The crews cut the trees into logs that are still laying around the yard outside the cabin. On March 29-30 Rob Lamar with PATC is organizing a group to clean up the logs by splitting them and stacking them for use by those who rent the cabin. Anyone who wishes to help is welcome. Start time on Saturday, March 29 is 10:00 a.m. and Sunday, March 30 is 9:00 a.m. Any help would be appreciated. If you can help, contact Rob Lamar at
Natural_Resource@patc.net for information or to let him know you can help.
Spotted Lanternfly is moving into the area. Please be on the look out for it as you hike or work on trails or even in your own yard. For information, PATC has posted information on the advisory here on their website. At the bottom of the page, you can click on Virginia to see what to do if you find the Spotted Lanternfly in our area.At the bottom of the page, you can click on Virginia to see what to do if you find the Spotted Lanternfly in our area.
Mile-A-Minute vine has been found growing off Wild Oak Trail on Hankey Mountain in the GWNF. A workday is being set up for volunteers to come and help pull the vines. Save Saturday, June 3 for this workday. More information and how to sign up will be out soon.