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    THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE TENNESSEE TRAILS ASSOCIATION Mission: To promote, construct and maintain a statewide system of hiking

    trails, and to work for the conservation of natural resources inherent to this objective.

    S P O N S O R F O R T H E C U M B E R L A N D T R A I L

    Board of Directors' Meeting Saturday, August 2, 2003, Nashville, TN TTA's Board of Directors will be meeting on Saturday, August

    2, in the Nature Conservancy Conference Room in the St. Bernard Academy Building at 2021 21st Ave. South in Nashville, TN.

    The members of the Budget Committee are asked to meet at 12:00pm CT, prior to the start of the general Board of Directors' meeting. The general board meeting begins at 1:00 p.m. CT.

    ALL! TTA members are invited and encouraged to attend. If you cannot attend and have an issue you wish presented, forward your concerns prior to August 2 to your local Chapter Officer or Regional At-Large Director.

    The St. Bernard Academy building is ½ mile north of the I-440 & 21st Ave. intersection, and less than ½ mile south of the Hillsboro Village & Vanderbilt University area (i.e., Wedgewood Ave & 21st Ave South). A map is also available on our website at: www.tennesseetrails.org/nashmap.php

    All !!! TTA Members Are Invited

    Our heartfelt thanks go out to all TTA members who volunteered for Big Dig . You are a part of history - the first Big Dig !

    June 28 was the official last day of work for the volunteers during this incredible trail building extravaganza. The "Muleskinners" (12 student leaders from 6 states – aka "Dirty Dozen") stayed with us in Soddy Daisy until July 3 – building a bridge, putting in water bars, and tying up loose ends. And, then the final morning dawned … cars were literally packed to their roofs - packed so tight that even a cricket couldn’t have found extra space to ride. (cont. on pg. 2)

    TTA's Annual Meeting Nov 14-16, 2003

    Thank You!!! Big Dig

    Volunteers Submitted by Sandra Spearman

    The Big Dig Coordinator

    Townsend, TN Hope you’ve cleared your calendar and have plans to join the rest of

    Tennessee Trails Association members (and friends) in Townsend, TN, for the upcoming Annual Meeting, Nov 14-16. Townsend, known as "the peaceful side of the Smokies," is on the northwestern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and within 7 miles of Cades Cove. With the Smokies providing the backdrop to our fun-filled weekend of activities, you can sure bet there will be lots of great hiking choices.

    The Big South Fork, Cove Lake and East Tennessee chapters are hosting this year’s meeting. Watch for details and a reservation form in upcoming newsletters (and on our website).

    TTA Awards Nominations Just a few days remaining.

    If you haven't yet, there are only a few days left that you can submit nominations for the following 2003 TTA awards: • Tennessee Trails Award - presented

    for outstanding contributions to the Association or for the furtherance of trails and natural resource programs and opportunities within Tennessee.

    • Bill Stutz Award – presented to a member for his or her individual contribution to TTA, or one of its chapters.

    • Golden Squirrel Award – a "tongue-in- cheek" award presented to a hike leader for losing his or her entire group before reaching the trail, or for getting them lost on the trail. Nominations will be presented at

    the August 2, 2003 Board of Directors' meeting; therefore, must be received by your chapter officer a few days ahead of August 2nd. (If your chapter officer is a candidate, and you wish to keep it a secret, you may submit your nomination directly to TTA's President, Leigh Jones at 931-277-3228 or cejones@crossville.com .)

    The 2003 TTA awards will be presented during the Annual Meeting, November 14-16, in Townsend, TN.

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    C U M B E R L A N D T R A I L C O N F E R E N C E Office Location 19 East 4th Street

    Crossville, TN 38555 Office Hours 8am-5pm Phone: 931-456-6259 Fax: 931-456-4934 Email: cumberlandtrail@rocketmail.com


    Executive Director .............Rob Weber .................robweber@usit.net Resource Manager............Arleen Scheller ...........scheller@usit.net Program Coordinator.........Mark Stanfill ...............mstanfill@onemain.com Office Manager..................Susan Weber .............sweber1@usit.net

    Website: www.cumberlandtrail.org Thank You (cont. from pg. 1)

    And then the moment came when the goodbyes had to be said … a sad time indeed. This merry band had spent 8 weeks together – working, learning, and even a little bit of playing. Some have already made plans to visit each other before summer’s end. But the morning of July 3 brought more than the time to say goodbye for a while, it brought final realization that the Big Dig 2003 is really over. One by one, the students gave hugs all around, tears were shed, and they all drove away. Mark Stanfill and Sandra Spearman looked around one final time to make sure nothing was left to pack (as if there were room to put anything else in their vehicles), looked toward the gorgeous gorges with the soft morning sunshine lighting them in the mist … and drove away home.

    So much planning … so many good times … so much accomplishment – and now it’s a part of Cumberland Trail Conference’s history. We invite you all to come see the results … trail is built in all 3 of the gorges – Rock, Possum, and Soddy. Hike through this beautiful and special part of Tennessee. Salute the effort that went into building this beautiful trail that’s there for generations to come.

    And look forward with us to the Big Dig 2004 – it’s already in the planning stages!

    CTC's 4th Annual Trail Training Workshop

    September 5-7, 2003 The Cumberland Trail in the Rock,

    Possum, & Soddy Gorges of northwest Hamilton County will provide the backdrop for two days of education and fun on trail building and leadership skills. The program will focus on "hands on" trail building techniques and include teaching the trail "experience." Participants will learn trail layout and design, switchback design, "treaded" side-hill cutting and erosion techniques (using wood and rock water bars), the creativity process for building rock steps, trail blazing, pole bridges, and much more. In addition to these basic and advanced trail building skills, participants will receive basic first-aid training.

    All training provided by Cumberland Trail Conference’s experienced "Wagonmasters" in both a limited classroom setting and day and a half of hands-on working sessions on the Rock Creek segment of the Cumberland Trail. The "Wagonmasters" will also provide training in trail leadership, teambuilding, supervisory and work planning skills.

    Yes! Sign Me Up For The September 5-7, 2003 Trail Training Workshop

    Name (and organization): _______________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________ City: ___________________________ State: ______Zip: _________ --- ________ HM Ph: (________)___________________ WK Ph ( _______ ) _______________ E-mail: _____________________________________________________________ ____ I am a TTA/CTC volunteer. (I agree to work 2 days during CTC programs within 1 year.)

    I have enclosed $ ______ ($40 postmarked before Aug 7; $50 after Aug 7.) ____ I am a TN State employee.

    I have enclosed $ ______ ($60 if postmarked before Aug 7; $70 after Aug 7.). I work in (Name of Dept): ______________________________ and my Job Title is: __________________________________

    ____ I am not a TTA/CTC volunteer or TN State employee

    I have enclosed $ ______ ($80 postmarked before Aug 7; $90 after Aug 7.)

    Enclose your payment with this registration

    form & mail to:

    Cumberland Trail Conference

    19 E. 4th Street Crossville, TN 38555

    Or, call to register at: 931-456-6259

    (Registration fees cover the cost of three meals on Saturday & Sunday, two nights lodging at a local church camp, and instructional materials.)

    Sign Me Up

    Cumberland Trail Programs & Outings Aug 23 Piney River Trail Work at White Pine Cascades (Front Country Outing). Arleen Scheller will lead a team on a Piney River day outing to repair the tread at White Pine Cascades. The work will include the building of a rock retaining wall in areas where the Piney River is causing extensive erosion. Register by calling Arleen at 931-456-6259.

    Programs & Outings cont. on pg. 3

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    Programs & Outings (cont. from pg. 2) Sep 5-7 (Fri-Sun) Trail Training Workshop. Learn basic and advanced trail construction, and organizational skills used to the build the Cumberland Trail. See announcement on page 2 of this newsletter. Sep 18-21 (Thu-Sun) Soddy Creek Gorge (BackCountry Outing). A BackCountry Outing combines the enjoyment of backpacking with that of trail building. Basically, we backpack and set up a base camp in the area we will be doing trail work. Jim Schroeder will lead this outing into the Soddy Creek Gorge to continue the construction that was