EAGLE SCOUT CANDIDATE, SCOUT TROOP HONORED FOR PROJECT
"We were very pleased with the completed project, and we thank Aaron and his fellow scouts for a job well done," Burke said.
"The scout's community service project rerouted part of the trail out of a wet meadow and onto a terrace above an intermittent creek, explained Claude Singleton of the BLM's Alturas staff.
"This protects the meadow's wildlife habitat from bike damage, and provides a more clearly defined route for bike riders," Singleton explained. "It keeps the riders out of the mud."
Singleton said Aaron approached the BLM about an Eagle Scout project in the summer of 1999.
"We visited the area, studied the vegetation, topography and soils, and discussed options for a new trail segment," Singleton said. "The scouts came up with a good idea for a new route, then they put in the hard work to build it."
Aaron, his father Mark Gelhaus (the troop advisor) and fellow scouts Mitch Small, Scott Soletti and Korey Gibson cleared large rocks, brush and other vegetation in three-foot-wide swath for more than a quarter mile. Rocks removed from the new segment were placed on the downhill side to help delineate the trail's path, even after vegetation regrows, Singleton explained.
"They did a fine job," Singleton said. "We've monitored the trail, and it has held up well against weather and use. The project was an excellent addition to our trail system."