All along the 1,400+ miles of the Buckeye Trail (BT) around the state of Ohio, Buckeye Trail Association (BTA) volunteers and staff have been working hard to preserve and improve the trail corridor since 1959. The BTA is driven by volunteer leadership, funded by BTA membership, and inspired by the idea of connecting the four corners of Ohio together with one epic hiking experience.
We spend a significant portion of our time on trail preservation negotiations throughout the year, here are three opportunities for you to contribute to the continued evolution of Ohio's Buckeye Trail!
Buckeye Trail Preservation Signs
To improve the marking of our trail easements and to become more visible as a land trust for future trail corridor preservation, we would like to sign our existing two easements along the trail as well as our BTA preserved properties nearing 400 acres. Signs will be placed at both ends of the trail easement/preserves and indicate the uses allowed along that section of the trail. We currently need 12 signs and would like to acquire more for future easements.
Approximate Materials Cost $250
'Old Stone Church Property' Acquisition Match
Thanks to the Clean Ohio Green Space Fund we are in the midst of acquiring a crucial 100 acres in Perry County to extend 3.5 miles of the BT between two portions of the Wayne National Forest! As part of the program, we have to provide a matching funds towards the project (75% state funded 25% match). We have some of the costs met with materials for a new hiker shelter and gate but still have to reach our goal of $2,514 for match. This is all part of the larger “Re-Booting the Wayne”, a long-term trail improvement project to greatly improve the hiking experience along the BT and North Country Trail in the Wayne National Forest. (This is between points 27 and 29 on the New Straitsville BT Section map)
Approximate Cost $2,514
Ross County Schmidt Property Donation
We have been approached by a generous landowner in Ross County who would like to donate a 0.28 acre piece of property to us to use as a campsite along the Buckeye Trail! However, we need to take care of the legal fees and transfer costs with the county recorder, plus materials to build a picnic table at the site. (This strategic property is located between points 26 and 27 on the Scioto Trail BT Section map)
Approximate Transfer and Material Costs $1,000
Total for these projects: $3,764
Thank you for your contribution! Join us out on the trail for a hike or on the Buckeye Trail Crew to experience the impact of your generosity! We have loads of trail preservation projects waiting in the wings to improve the BT experience, thank you for helping us meet our year end goal of $4,000, we couldn't do it without you!