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    Forney ridge brief overview and chimney tops intro 2012 grs Forney ridge brief overview and chimney tops intro 2012 grs Presentation Transcript

    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Trail rehabilitation will begin in May 2012 and is scheduled for multiple phases
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Trail rehabilitation will be completed that enhances the visitors experience while protecting the resource
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Trail rehabilitation will be achieved utilizing sustainable construction methods and materials
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation - Beginning 2012 May the fun begin!!!!! Existing eroded, braided, 12 foot wide “trail”
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation - Beginning 2012
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation - Beginning 2012 Chimney Tops Trail Phase One
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 The resources required to accomplish Phase One:
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 The resources required to accomplish Phase One: • The Trails Forever Park crew with five members for 13PP’s.
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 The resources required to accomplish Phase One: • The Trails Forever Park crew with five members for 13PP’s. • Four members of the ND trail crew for 1pp to install a new handrail system on the first bridge crossing the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River.
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 The resources required to accomplish Phase One: • The Trails Forever Park crew with five members for 13PP’s. • Four members of the ND trail crew for 1pp to install a new handrail system on the first bridge crossing the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River. • PLC funded youth crew (type and time frame yet to be determined due to uncertain funding).
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 The resources required to accomplish Phase One: • The Trails Forever Park crew with five members for 13PP’s. • Four members of the ND trail crew for 1pp to install a new handrail system on the first bridge crossing the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River. • PLC funded youth crew (type and time frame yet to be determined due to uncertain funding). • Volunteers recruited to work alongside Trails Forever Park crew.
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Trail closure request
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Trail closure request We are requesting that the trail be closed to all public use during the four day work week from Monday at 7am through Thursday at 5:30pm and re-opened to public use Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening. The following are the factors that have led to this closure recommendation:
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Trail closure request We are requesting that the trail be closed to all public use during the four day work week from Monday at 7am through Thursday at 5:30pm and re-opened to public use Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening. The following are the factors that have led to this closure recommendation: • The trail has a unique high volume user traffic pattern.
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Trail closure request We are requesting that the trail be closed to all public use during the four day work week from Monday at 7am through Thursday at 5:30pm and re-opened to public use Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening. The following are the factors that have led to this closure recommendation: • The trail has a unique high volume user traffic pattern. • The trail serves only as a day use trail with no impacts to overnight users.
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Trail closure request We are requesting that the trail be closed to all public use during the four day work week from Monday at 7am through Thursday at 5:30pm and re-opened to public use Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening. The following are the factors that have led to this closure recommendation: • The trail has a unique high volume user traffic pattern. • The trail serves only as a day use trail with no impacts to overnight users. • The trail does not serve as a connector to high use trails and/or trail loop hiking opportunities.
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Trail closure request We are requesting that the trail be closed to all public use during the four day work week from Monday at 7am through Thursday at 5:30pm and re-opened to public use Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening. The following are the factors that have led to this closure recommendation: • The trail has a unique high volume user traffic pattern. • The trail serves only as a day use trail with no impacts to overnight users. • The trail does not serve as a connector to high use trails and/or trail loop hiking opportunities. • The trail is located in very steep, narrow gorge type topography with very dense vegetative growth, that for long stretches follows the creek.
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Trail closure request We are requesting that the trail be closed to all public use during the four day work week from Monday at 7am through Thursday at 5:30pm and re-opened to public use Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening. The following are the factors that have led to this closure recommendation: • The trail has a unique high volume user traffic pattern. • The trail serves only as a day use trail with no impacts to overnight users. • The trail does not serve as a connector to high use trails and/or trail loop hiking opportunities. • The trail is located in very steep, narrow gorge type topography with very dense vegetative growth, that for long stretches follows the creek. • Visitor and employee safety are our highest Park goals and are “the only job that MUST get completed” C. Daniels-GRSM Safety Officer
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Trail closure request We are requesting that the trail be closed to all public use during the four day work week from Monday at 7am through Thursday at 5:30pm and re-opened to public use Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening. The following are the factors that have led to this closure recommendation: • The trail has a unique high volume user traffic pattern. • The trail serves only as a day use trail with no impacts to overnight users. • The trail does not serve as a connector to high use trails and/or trail loop hiking opportunities. • The trail is located in very steep, narrow gorge type topography with very dense vegetative growth, that for long stretches follows the creek. • Visitor and employee safety are our highest Park goals and are “the only job that MUST get completed” C. Daniels-GRSM Safety Officer • If the trail is closed there are still over 800 miles of fantastic trails for visitors to explore and enjoy.
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Examples of challenges to crew and visitor safety
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Proposed Trail Closure Implementation Plan
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Proposed Trail Closure Implementation Plan • The Chimney Tops trail would be officially closed to all users each work week from 7AM Monday through 5:30PM Thursday. This closure will start Monday, April 30 th last through Thursday, October 18th.
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Proposed Trail Closure Implementation Plan • The Chimney Tops trail would be officially closed to all users each work week from 7AM Monday through 5:30PM Thursday. This closure will start Monday, April 30 th last through Thursday, October 18th. • Informational signs would be posted at all trailheads and junctions that have any potential to access Chimney Tops Trail.
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Proposed Trail Closure Implementation Plan The following trails and locations would require posting: Chimney Tops Trail Trailhead and Jct. with Road Prong Trail Road Prong Trail Trailhead and Jct. with Chimney Tops Trail Sugarland Mt. Trail Both Clingmans Dome RD. and Little River RD. Trailheads Husky Gap Trail Trailhead at Newfound Gap RD. Little River Trail Trailhead Cucumber Gap Trail Trailhead Goshen Prong Trail Jct. with AT All Kiosks and self-permit stations Park wide
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Proposed Trail Closure Implementation Plan • Public announcements would be made ahead of the closure to all local media outlets internal and external to the Park.
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Proposed Trail Closure Implementation Plan • Public announcements would be made ahead of the closure to all local media outlets internal and external to the Park. • Park staff would be advised of the closure and may be advised to suggest alternative hikes like the Forney Ridge Trail.
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Proposed Trail Closure Implementation Plan • Public announcements would be made ahead of the closure to all local media outlets internal and external to the Park. • Park staff would be advised of the closure and may be advised to suggest alternative hikes like the Forney Ridge Trail. • Portable VMS notification needs to be located at the Chimney Tops Parking lot explaining trail closure.
    • National Park ServiceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. Department of the Interior Trails Forever – Chimney Tops Trail Rehabilitation 2012 Proposed Trail Closure Implementation Plan • Public announcements would be made ahead of the closure to all local media outlets internal and external to the Park. • Park staff would be advised of the closure and may be advised to suggest alternative hikes like the Forney Ridge Trail. • Portable VMS notification needs to be located at the Chimney Tops Parking lot explaining trail closure. • Trail access will be closed with barricades yet parking lot will still be open to gain access to closure information, alternative hiking opportunities, and Trails Forever program information.