I am excited to announce that I will be representing FATMUG at the 3rd Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Saturday, March 29th hosted by the Friends of the Rappahannock. This is a 3 hour event featuring 20 films ranging from 2 minutes to 30+ "Aiming to inspire activism...[with] award winning films about conservation, water, energy, climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, adventure, and indigenous cultures." Patrons will watch some of the films, then have an intermission and resume viewing again. There are door prizes ranging from hats to trips, as well. I will be there alongside many other regional like-minded groups hoping to inspire you to get involved with your community. Help us spread the word by sharing this post and FOR's link.
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Quarry Trail Status
Quarry trails are OPEN.
Trail conditions are widely varied from frozen and snow covered in shady low-lying areas to thawed and muddy to firming up in many of the higher, well drained areas. Please use discretion. If you find the trails in muddy condition, turn around to head out.
Last Updated (Friday, 07 March 2014 23:32)
If you’ve tried to get to the Quarry Trails recently then you’ve no doubt seen the impacts of the Fall Hill bridge widening project. Entering the trails from Fall Hill Ave now not only requires passing through a hard hat area but it also requires skirting the edge of a huge crater opening up to the canal and then hopping a construction fence. Not exactly the best situation. We spoke to the folks at the City about the problem and they suggested that anyone wanting to access the Quarry trails while the bridge project is underway use Wicklow drive instead of the old entry point beside the FOR/VOC building.
Starting immediately and continuing for at least the next few months, please do not use the old access point to the Quarry trails (the gated gravel road between FOR and the canal). Instead please park at the end of Wicklow drive just OUTSIDE of the Sunshine Baseball fields parking lot. Do not park in the lot. If you do and the park closes, you may get locked in so please park on the road outside of the ball field gates. The Fredericksburg Police Department has also been notified that the City would like trail using folks to park in that area so as long as you obey posted signs, you should not need to worry about getting towed. The kiosk with the trails OPEN/CLOSED sign will soon be moved up to this new location as well.
Need directions to this new access point? Just search on “1200 Wicklow Drive, Fredericksburg VA 22401”. Once you arrive at the ballpark, just ride/walk/hike into the entrance of the baseball field parking area and then down the gravel road (it’s okay to go around the gate) to the trails.
Quarry trail work calendar for the Winter season is below. Hope you can join us for one or more of them. All dates and times are subject to change based on weather. All such changes will be posted here and on our Facebook page so check before you head out.
1. Maintain the integrity of existing trails.
2. Identify areas for improvement on existing trails and execute sound practices to reduce impact on surrounding environment.
3. Design and construct trails to minimize both risk of user harm and environmental impact from all reasonably anticipated trail use for life of trail.
4. Solicit guidance from local historians to design, construct and/or modify trails that provide low impact access to cultural and historical features and landmarks.
5. Repair trail damage resulting from severe weather events, fallen trees, debris and improper trail use (ex. muddy surface riding, unauthorized re-routes, etc.).
6. Educate trail users, especially cyclists, on proper trail use etiquette.