Members of the Southern Shenandoah Valley Chapter (SSVC) of PATC maintain trails within the proposed Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area and in Ramseys Draft Wilderness in the North River District. SSVC members typically volunteer 1,000-2,000 hours per year on Shenandoah Mountain trails from High Knob Fire Tower near Rt. 33 south to Confederate Breastworks on Rt. 250. Trail maintenance typically involves clipping back vegetation, removing blowdowns, and controlling erosion. SSVC organizes work trips with church groups, college student groups, Americorps volunteers, and Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS).
SSVC also works in collaboration with Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, who received the 2016 Forest Service Enduring Service Award. Together these organizations and other volunteers keep Shenandoah Mountain trails open and available for enjoyment by the public.
Congratulations to PATC for this important recognition, based on many years of volunteer work!