Below is a report from our amazing volunteer trail work coordinator, Adam Polinski about the final trail work projects of 2014. For Adam and the Foundation, this marks the 25th consecutive year of trail work up at Coopers. Thank you Adam, and thank you to all our volunteers! We could not do this without you all!
3 volunteers, me, and Larry Baber, DNR Parks & Recreation Section succeeded in top-coating about 210′ feet of Roadside Trail in ‘the Conifer Section’ of the trail between the Reservoir Parking Lot and the water tank. We took the segment of trail with the highest concentration of exposed roots and made it into one of the smoothest sections of trail. Larry very skillfully operated a front-end loader.
11 volunteers and I put in two new Sapling Enclosures in the Overlook Picnic Area. These are between the right or north side of the Large Gravel Parking Lot, and the round CCC Spring House just below Roadside Trail. Each has a few dozen trees planted within a fenced-area of approx. 150′ in circumference, with two interpretive signs mounted on the fence (same signs as on the original ‘plantation’ between Restroom and Playground). We also added to the lining/delineating of Roadside Trail within the Overlook Picnic Area by ‘planting rocks’ just as the CCC did around the perimeter of the Overlook
40 volunteers and I worked on several projects between the black & white “SALT SAND” Sign in the southwest corner of the Large Gravel Parking Lot, and Haystack Rock. We cleaned off graffiti, delineated segments of trail in the trail network down there using fallen brush and branches, moved a gigantic fallen tree that was across Underlook Trail (but no more!), and improved upon the reroute that was put in on 10/19 by building better stone stairs through that stretch. Also, some of us did drainage maintenance along the first 1/3 mile of Roadside Trail closest to I-68.
We got a lot done and I am glad of it but am now tuckered out. This flurry of work days is over and I have no more large volunteer days planned in 2014. Perhaps a few small sessions with a handful of volunteers but no more big ones.
Our Rocky Habitat Restoration Day on Sunday, October 19 was a huge success with 87 volunteers from three area Universities and the region. Thank you to all who shared in the work of this day of restoration of the rim rock ecosystems at Coopers. A special thanks to Greg Curio and Brett Hagerty of Adventure WV, Jan Kiger of Fairmont State University, and Janet Paladino, from Waynesburg University for their leadership and inspiring students to volunteer their time.
Join the Coopers Rock Foundation and Adam Polinski and help us save the Rocky Habitat around the Overlook from too much love! The event is scheduled for this Sunday, October 19th from 11 to 4. The meeting place is the big overflow parking lot by the climbers kiosk.
The cold temperatures are here and the leaves are changing. Come up and take a walk, or visit our events page to find out about opportunities to volunteer in October and early November.
This photo was taken by Hannah Spencer in 2013 during the peak foliage up at Coopers. Come up and check it out this weekend! Visit our information booth and find out how you can get involved in the Foundation!
The Mid-Atlantic Climbers, a Greater Washington, D.C. area climbing organization, put in a HUGE number of volunteer hours working on projects in the forest on April 26.
(Photo from the Mid-Atlantic Climbers website.)
WVU student Ben Gazsi has created another great sculpture from all-natural materials by the overlook parking lot at Coopers Rock.
A HUGE thank-you to everyone who came out to our benefit night at Black Bear Burritos downtown—thanks to all of you, we raised $410 from the food and beer specials, and just over $500 from the raffle—almost $1,000 for our local forest!
Very special thanks go to Toby Grapner and Patrick McGarry of the WVU Professional Recreation and Parks Society, who organized the benefit.
Special thanks also to Black Bear Burritos and Second Cousin for the awesome music!
The “Bear” sculpture, made of all natural materials, on display at Coopers Rock State Forest.
Ben Gaszi, an undergraduate sculpture major at WVU’s School of Art and Design and creator of the “Bear” sculpture currently on display at Coopers Rock by the Overlook parking lot, recently finished in 6th place in a prestigious international art competition. To read more, see the story at WVUToday:
The Coopers Rock Foundation’s Annual Membership Meeting is coming up on December 11, 7:30pm at Black Bear Burritos in Evansdale. We’re happy to announce that WVU professor and wilderness advocate Mary Wimmer will be our guest speaker. Continue reading
WVU School of Journalism student Stacey DaBaldo recently won “Best In Class” for a story she wrote on the Foundation’s Rocky Habitat Restoration work at Coopers Rock. You can check out the story here: