Decades in the making, and destroyed in a days time... That's the inital thoughts after recon crews got the first looks at the "OT" through central Missouri. Over 100 miles of trail is now closed due to the devastation from the "Derecho" that blew through 5-8-09. The hurricane force winds ripped the freshly leafed out tress from the ground roots and all. Trees lay scattered on the trail for miles.
I worked with a crew of 6 last Saturday and I believe we only cleared about 1/2 mile of trail and we hadn't even made it to the ridgetop, which is the location of the major damage. As you can see from the photo's that follow tree's of all sizes took a hit during this storm. The clean up work is demanding for sure with leaners, widow makers, and binds of all shapes and sizes. The sawyers will earn their keep this year for sure!
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If you have a free day, lend a hand. Large sections of trail are closed until the cleanup is complete.
On a brighter note...If you are looking for a dog and a dozen eggs then look no further. The only place in Missouri to offer both.