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    Trail Clearing Sipsey Wilderness

    I am a Scoutmaster and one of my boys chose to clear a trail in the Sipsey Wilderness in NW Alabama for his Eagle Scout project. We were asked by the ranger to clear a trail that had been hit by the April 27 tornado outbreak of last year. Although we would find that many of the trees across the trail fell much earlier.

    Trail 224, the Bunyan Hill Trail. Since we are working in a wilderness area no motors are allowed. Than means no chainsaws!

    We had done a few hikes to assess the damage and figure out what kind of tools we would need. Hatchets, bow saws, hand saws, an axe, and something to cut 2feet+ logs. Now 2 man crosscut saws are darn expensive, and buying one for this was impractical.

    So I ask my Grandfather if we had one somewhere. I am the 6th generation to live on our farm. He pointed me to a place in an old barn. Where my great great grandfather had his stored. I had little hope for something that had not been seen in 50 years. But there i found it, right where he said it would be, and oh the condition it was in. It was obvious to me what was the most important tool on the farm to my ancestors. It had been properly hung on the wall, sharpened and oiled, and there it was in perfect condition just waiting for its day.

    It was a great day and a lot of hard work but when you are doing it with friends it is very fun. I humped that 6 foot saw 8 miles yesterday, and connected with my ancestors. We made 82 cuts with it alone(yes I counted, you would have to). Together we cleared every tree off the 224. And I am happy to report it is open for business again.

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    That is awesome! Thanks to you guys for doing that. I love Sipsey Wilderness and appreciate all of the good work that the scouts and other volunteers do to keep it up.
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    That is fantastic about the old family 2 man saw! And thanks for all the hard work you guys did! Is that trail the same as Bunyan Hill/CR5 "Road" that runs north west from where the road is closed to cars beyond Borden Creek bridge up to the intersection with CR7.Northwest "Road" ? Never mind, I just looked at a different map and see that is indeed the same as FT 224!
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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    trail clearing

    What a wonderful project and one that many will benefit from all the boys hard work. Congrats

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    Really cool, I love the saw and the story.

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    great story thanks for posting
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    Awesome crosscut saw,,they are super hard to find as everybody wants to paint them and hang them on the wall of the inside of the house. Protect and keep that saw! Glad you had a great time.

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    Yea we are not going to put it back in the barn. Gonna oil it up and out on the wall in the climate controlled house. You never know when it could be needed again.

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    Great story, great find and excellent Eagle Scout Project.
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