From the Trailhead - March 2021
We are literally building bridges to welcome new trail users!
Over the past few weekends, we were able to rally a group of dedicated volunteers and community members to construct raised boardwalks through a chronically muddy section of the Dahlgren Trail. When the Sheetz-To-Sheetz Trail Run appeared on our doorstep this year, we wanted to ensure that all walkers, runners, hikers, and wheelchair athletes could successfully navigate the trail in time to enjoy this popular local event.
In addition to the two recent events on the trail, the Dahlgren Trail Half Marathon & Sheetz-To-Sheetz Trail Run, we have been continuing our quest for dry conditions and improved drainage in several areas along the trail. Our friend Ian Littlejohn has also been assisting us with some much needed surveying work; differing types of rail corridor boundaries were installed in the early 1940s when the railroad was being constructed. Over the years, those boundaries have been lost or moved around. Our efforts to clean up those boundary areas, identify clean property lines of homeowners adjacent to the trail, and identify historical markers are important not just to the preservation of trail history but also to allow for informed trail expansion plans and decisions.
For those trail users who have followed us for a few years, you may recall the former superintendent of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, Don Briggs. He retired some years ago and a new acting superintendent Anne O'Neill will be vising the trail later this month. The Dahlgren Trail is a piece of the 830-mile long Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, and we are happy to welcome Anne and continue our goal of being an integrated into current trail systems and the VA State Park System.
Lastly, we are proud to recognize trail owner, David G. Brickley. A lifelong advocate and champion of trails, greenways and conservation efforts in Virginia, David recently earned the Boy Scouts of America William T. Hornaday Gold Medal for Distinguished Service to Natural Resource Conservation! The William T. Hornaday Award, first granted in 1915, is the oldest continuous conservation award given by any organization in the United States. It’s one of the rarest awards given in the Boy Scouts of America, as only 62 people have received the gold medal award since 1915. Read more about David and his contributions to the great outdoor spaces in Virginia, click here.
Thanks for reading, and see you on the trail!
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