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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:10 am 
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This is a new section of trail being installed in the Big Ditch across San Vicente Creek from the Big Ditch Park; it's on the wild, east side, cut right into the very steep hillside and reinforced with a free standing retainer wall. The wall for this trail head behind the south end of the Visitor Center is 7 foot tall.

The trail heads south under the Broadway St bridge, seen in the background, then does a switch-back and heads north conecting to last years Aldo YCC constructed trail under the east end of the Yankee St foot bridge which heads north to the Market St foot bridge and ends because of unresolved private property issues; but the bridge leads to the Food Co-Op, a nice garden and various restaurants and shops.

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Nere an Aldo High School student and YCC crew member lays stones to fortify the newly terraced path.

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Passerbys on Hudson may have noticed 2 piles of rocks, boulders really, one at the north end of the visitors center and this one near the south end. This is where the boulders go that need shaping to create a strong retainer wall.

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The student on the right is operating an electric powered masonry chisel to create 2 parallel sides that are flat for a good close fit for the retainer walls while suitable stones at the north end are sent down a makeshift corrugated roofing shoot to the trail below.

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This year twice as many Aldo HS students were required as last years segment, 21 in all. The student are paid through the YCC, Youth Conservation Core grant to Aldo HS and the returning supervisor, mentor and instructor JB Bjiornstad. As usual the Town of Silver City contributed funding for rocks and this year for an 2nd supervisor, Lance Pendleton, because of the extra students; this year the Town chipped in $3800.

The 3 week project is not quit done so wait a few days or a week to hike the new trail.


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 Author: JoeButts
PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:54 am 
I think it's great that the students are able to work on such a project that should be good for everyone who can walk. But, I'm wondering, is there a reason we can't use inmates to do a lot of this work as well? Can't the city/county/state take advantage of such opportunities? Or, is "hard labor" something we can't subject inmates to in modern times?


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