Monday, May 18, 2009

Ozark Trail Damage is Extensive!

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!

For more information on the trail status please visit the

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.


Christian Stitz said...

TTM, nice to meet you guys at Brommelseik. Thanks again for the Bullfrog, I'm going to order some. Hope you had a great hike, sorry we kept interrupting.

Matt said...

Does the dog lay eggs?

Team Trail Monster said...

Chris - Glad you had a bug free ride. Remember Wally World carries the Bullforg as well.

Matt - Without a doubt the dog lays eggs, big brown eggs at that. ;) Hope your feeling a bit better after the tumbling practice. btw, Syd says to stay tucked a bit more on landing, helps with the impact.

Casey Ryback said...

$1 for a dozen dogs? that's pretty good.

I'm going to have to make it a priority this year to help get some of these trees out...

sue said...