Armed with loopers and handsaws, cadets from Virginia Military Institute (VMI) helped to clear a section of trail in VOF’s 875-acre Home Mountain Reserve final week as element of their spring field instruction workout routines.
The trail has turn into clogged with mountain laurel, rhododendron branches, smaller trees, and debris from storms.
“If you are more than six feet tall, you have to duck. The trail corridor has gotten truly tight,” says Tommy Oravetz, land conservation specialist in VOF’s Blacksburg workplace. “We do not have committed employees ideal now to preserve the house, so partnerships with the surrounding neighborhood are truly essential.”
VMI cadets have a unique connection with the mountain, says Cadet Emily Clark, a senior who helped organize the trip. “We hike up the mountain as element of group-developing workout routines in our initially year, and it becomes element of our lives right here. It is often ideal there. It felt great to aid out. I would 100% do it once again.”