(MAMMOTH CAVE, March 24, 2014) Seventeen American Hiking Society volunteers and a crew of Great Onyx Job Corps urban forestry students worked in Mammoth Cave National Park last week to reroute a mired section of Raymer Hollow Trail. The work is complete and the trail is open again.
"We really appreciate the volunteers and the Job Corps students," said Superintendent Sarah Craighead. "The park did not have the manpower to do the work, and it would have been months before we could reopen Raymer Hollow Trail, had it not been for the American Hiking Society and the Great Onyx students."
The American Hiking Society volunteers came to Mammoth Cave from across the country and donated 510 hours of their time to lop limbs, cut small trees by hand, dig and rake, grub roots, and drag tree limbs. Each day they walked one mile into the work site, and one mile out.
Nine Great Onyx students, under the direction of their instructor John Pitonyak, cut and cleared 17 large, downed trees along a two-mile section of the trail.
Did You Know?
Stalactites grow downward – they hang "tight" to the ceiling – while stalagmites grow upward – they "might" reach the ceiling someday. Mammoth Cave's formations include many types of calcite formations.