Directory Special Programs and Events Octoraro Lodge #22
OA Trail Crew

The OA Trail Crew was formed in 2007 to promote the much-needed rehabilitation of the HSR trail system.  Though promoted and organized by the Octoraro Lodge #22, work and credit towards the OA Trail Crew award is open to anyone. 

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February 2008

Adjacent to Camp Horseshoe, the Goat Hill Serpentine Barrens were the site for this mid-winter trail work day in February 2008.
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April 2008

Approximately fifteen Octoraro 22 members convened to build a new Athletic Field access trail as "Heart Attack Hill" had fallen in disrepair.  Along with collapsing the old trail, the crew built the new one to have switchbacks and a bridge, and is much easier on the ankles.
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April 2009

The crew concentrated on the much-maligned red trail, whose proximity to the Octoraro creek had made it difficult to maintain.
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April 2010

Further work on the red trail was performed by the OA Trail Crew.
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May 2010

The crew focused on connecting a steep trail past the Ranger Office at Camp Ware to the Green Trail.
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September 2010

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October 2010

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March 2011

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July 2011

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October 2011

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March 2013

The OA Trail Crew hosted an event on the Old Camp Road at Camp Horseshoe to remove fallen limbs along the path.
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November 2014

On November 15, 2014, 10 Order of the Arrow brothers came out to work on the hillside below the OA Lodge Building to clear it of greenbriar and brush.  The work allowed one to look from the back porch of the OA Lodge Building all the way down to the athletic field. 
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November 2015

9 members of the Octoraro 22 OA Trail Crew head to Goat Hill Forest on November 14th, 2015 to work on the trail which had been overgrown with Greenbriar.
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Videos

       

Tom Bowling shows off the chainsaw he'll use to cut up a log.

2010 - Contributed by Linda Bowling  [Contribute Info] 
Members of the OA Trail Crew clear a field near the OA lodge.  Greenbriar and a few clusters of small trees were littering the area before hedge trimmers, fire rakes and chainsaws entered the picture.

2014 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Pat Conway uses a weed whacker to remove a lot of the brush near the top of the old "Heartattack Hill" trail.

2014 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Stu Waston lays waste to the greenbriar and other brush on the hillside below the OA Lodge building.

2014 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Though much of the work was using electric tools, fire rakes, loppers and just pure old fashioned brute strength were also needed to clear the hillside of greenbriar and brush
2014 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

Chris Palmer helps feed the flames during this March 2011 OA Trail Crew Cleanup.

2011 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

Rick Crompton Jr and Turtle Pfeiffer work on taking down a leaning tree during the March 2011 OA Trail Crew cleanup day.

2011 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

Before heading back after lunch, the OA Trail Crew plans on how to tack the rest of the Green Trail at Camp Ware. 

2010 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

Loppers and fire rakes are great, but sometimes a more "subtle" approach is needed with greenbriar. 

2010 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

The OA Trail Crew descends down the Green Trail "Spur" on their way to cleaning up the 3+ mile trail. 

2010 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

The Trail Crew rakes and cuts up the Green Trail debris during a cool October morning. 

2010 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

The OA Trail Crew beats back the greenbriar to widen the Green Trail at Camp Ware.

2010 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

The OA Trail Crew uses a gas powered trimmer to take down some of the bigger brush on the Green trail.

2011 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

The OA Trial Crew goes high and low to clean up the Green Trail.

2011 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
The trail crew working hard to remove green briar from a Goat Hill trail.

2015 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
OA Trail Crew members used hedge trimmers to cut away the briar and fire rakes to clean up the mess.
2015 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
OA Trail Crew members worked a long day of removing green briar and leaves from an overgrown trail at Goat Hill.
2015 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Here, several individuals strive to get the hedge trimmer to work at the beginning of the work day.
2015 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
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Memorabilia

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Documents

DCNR Newsletter - March 2012: Rose Trail Announcement  This page of the PA Departmnet of Conservation and Natural Resources newsletter describes the Rose Trail of Goat Hill and gives special thanks to the Boy Scouts (including the OA Trail Crew) for helping build the trail. 
2012 - Contributed by Ray Hayden  [Contribute Info] 
DCNR Letter  

This letter from DCNR Forest Patrolman Donald Schultz gives a detailed synopsis of the Chester County Council Boy Scouts' involvement in building the Rose Trail. 

2012 - Contributed by Ray Hayden  [Contribute Info] 
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