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Our next FMST Eno River section workday is Saturday June 1st, 9AM-2PM meeting at the West Point on the Eno Trail parking lot on Roxboro Street, 5251 North Roxboro Street in Durham. This is the parking lot on the North side of the Eno, not the main entrance to West Point.

We will be continuing work on repairs to the MST between West Point on the Eno and River Forest Park that some of you helped on in April. Some of you worked on the rebuilding of this trail after it was destroyed by the installation of a new sewer line several years ago. The trail overall looks good, though there are spots which desperately need maintenance. I continue to work with City of Durham Water Management to try to allow more trees to grow up along the trail replacing those removed when the city clear cut this area.

The main projects on June 1st will be:
1) Trail repair. There are several locations where due to the lack of trees there are erosion issues and we will be adding rock, gravel, soil to repair the trail and reduce the erosion problem.
2) Trash removal. If the weather is warm enough and the water level low enough, we may work on removing a large chunk of old storm sewer pipe from the river. If you are willing to get your feet wet, this might be a project for you.
3) Removal of invasive species, particularly privet. We have made good progress reducing the amount of tree of heaven, mimosa, English ivy, mahonia, Bradford pear, Japanese wisteria, and privet along this section of the river, but there is still more to remove. This will be with the weed wrenches and hand pulling.
4) Trimming the trail. Spring is here, and the trail is starting to get overgrown.
5) A possible project, depending on whether Durham Water Management has mowed their 10’ access easement by June 1st will be installing cedar posts, large rocks, and possibly a gate to keep vehicles out of this sensitive area along the river.
6) Another possible project will be to add some more rock to several low spots on the trail.
7) We will also need help with the picnic if anyone wants to help on that.

For the workdays you will need to dress appropriately for the weather. Wear work clothes you can get dirty, long pants, boots or solid shoes, bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent.
We will provide tools and provide the picnic!

RSVP to dietrich@duke.edu to help us know how much food to bring.

Upcoming workdays and events

July 4th and 6th – Festival for the Eno!

Support the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea trail and the Eno River Association. We will need volunteers to help at our FMST booth, and the Eno River Association is always looking for volunteers to help.

We will not have scheduled workdays until next Fall but may have special workdays over the summer.


June 1
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Fred Dietrich