From Staff Reports 

Pisgah District Back In Business After Shutdown


February 7, 2019

Callie Horwath

The Conservative Anabaptist Service (CASP) program brought volunteers from all over the country for an extended work program in Pisgah National Forest. One of their first projects is repairing the Moore Cove Trail after a storm uprooted an enormous tree.

Federal employees, volunteers and others in the Pisgah District of Pisgah National Forest have been busily back at work since the 35-day federal government shutdown ended on Jan. 25.

"We've had one week with all the employees, volunteers and partners working hard now, and everyone is happy to be back," said District Ranger Dave Casey on Tuesday. "I'd also like to thank the community for the very generous offers of help and encouragement over the last month or so. We welcomed a CASP (Conservative Anabaptist Service Program) crew that is volunteering on the district for the month of February."

The Pisgah Conservancy recently received a National Forest Foundation grant that has helped fund several trail projects over the last week and will continue to over the next few months as well, he said.

"We re-examined our program of work for the year and have a good start on several projects now," Casey said. "Some of the things we've worked on over the last week include:"

•Starting the trail repair on Moore Cove and re-decking the Art Loeb trail bridge.

•Several other trail repairs and maintenance.

•Dropping hundreds of hazard trees throughout the District.

•Maintaining several miles of property lines.

•Reopening the restrooms that were closed.

•Started clearing several of the closed roads.

•Preparing fire lines for prescribed burns this spring.

•Providing law enforcement on the district.

•Continuing to re-examine visitor safety as it relates to waterfalls and similar natural features.

"There is also a multitude of administrative-type projects ongoing, such as NEPA analysis, administering timber and silviculture contracts, administering special use permits, providing direct customer service to folks at the visitor center and working on agreements with partners," Casey said.

Callie Horwath

The employees and volunteers of the Pisgah Ranger District are eager to begin work after being away for several weeks.


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