This year the Dan Bishop Bay Creek Trail improved at the hands of many. WS Trucking donated a load of D-1 that students were able to haul in bucket brigades to resurface part of the trail. Dave Lowry worked with 80 youth from all over Southeast Alaska, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to tear out a broken bridge and remove over hanging wind fallen trees.
Lowpete Construction donated dump truck time, and Miller Construction donated loads of gravel. Together they put in a culvert, path and recovered much of the trail surface with D-1 material.
Through Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Icy Straits Lumber, we were able to get materials to build one of the main bridges that had fallen into the salmon stream two years ago.
George Schaaf, executive director of Trail Mix, came in with a volunteer crew who coordinated the materials supply and built the new bridge. Boy Scout Sean Nesheim worked with friends and mentor Dale Gosnell, the city trail ranger, to replace yet another rotten bridge on the lower part of the trail. They also removed a set of rotten stairs.
As a school community, we would like to extend a grand thank-you to each and everyone who worked to make our trail safe and usable for outdoor education.
Amy Jo Meiners
Auke Bay Elementary School staff and families