Fonta Flora State TrailFonta Flora State Trail<h1 style="text-align:center;">   <img alt="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/Fonta%20Flora%20State%20Trail_Lake%20James%20Section.jpg" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/Fonta%20Flora%20State%20Trail_Lake%20James%20Section.jpg" style="margin:5px;border-radius:20px;width:300px;height:232px;" /> </h1><h1>Vision Statement </h1><p>The Fonta Flora State Trail - Lake James Loop will provide pedestrians and bicyclists of all abilities a safe and legal route to circumnavigate Lake James within Burke County. The trail will allow users to experience the natural diversity of the area, incorporate multiple access points and support facilities, and create a community and regional asset that will provide a variety of opportunities for local residents and visitors; and promote tourism and low infrastructure economic development within Burke County and the surrounding region. </p><h1>Executive Summary </h1><p>The Lake James region in western Burke County, North Carolina, has provided recreational amenities for local residents and visitors since the lake’s creation in the early 1920s. Water based recreational activities, hiking, fishing, and hunting have been the primary uses of the lake and surrounding lands. More recently, expansion of Lake James State Park has allowed valuable public access to this recreational asset, and it has created additional recreational opportunities to include mountain biking, swimming, and picnicking. Many bicyclists and runners also use the roads that travel around the lake on a regular basis. <br> <br>The primary objective of the Fonta Flora State Trail - Lake James Section Master Plan is to provide a conceptual framework and implementation plan to guide future trail development. The Lake James Loop will be an easy to moderate multi-use hiking and mountain biking trail with a natural mineral soil surface that circumnavigates Lake James within Burke County. It will provide a multitude of economic, recreational, health, environmental, community, and transportation benefits. The Lake James Loop Trail will serve residents and visitors and represent a cooperative venture between Burke County, Duke Energy, Crescent Communities, North Carolina State Parks, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, private landowners, area residents, and volunteers. <br> <br>Various stakeholders and work groups have discussed the Fonta Flora State Trail - Lake James Loop concept for over a decade. In 2004, a formal agreement with Crescent Resources allowed the State of NC to purchase land to be added to the existing Lake James State Park located in McDowell County. In addition, Crescent Resources committed to dedicating trail easements for the Fonta Flora State Trail - Lake James Loop and Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail on properties they owned. <br> <br>Recreation commitments made as a part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing process include easements across Duke Energy properties and approximately $1.1 million for development of the Fonta Flora State Trail - Lake James Loop and the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. This combination of events has resulted in a renewed interest in development of the Fonta Flora State Trail - Lake James Loop. <br> <br>This long-term plan provides a blueprint, in the form of achievable trail sections and segments, to move forward towards implementation. It must be recognized that this document is fluid and is subject to change as conditions warrant. Unforeseen circumstances can change some aspects of the development of the Loop Trail. The Fonta Flora State Trail - Lake James Section Master Plan will provide the vision and framework needed to make the Lake James Loop Trail a reality. <br> <br>Through a collaborative planning process, community members articulated a vision for a linear park trail and put forth thoughtful recommendations for how best to connect people and places with trails around Lake James. The many community partners who have been involved in the planning process recognize the urgency of starting a linear park system now, while opportunities still exist for making connections and linking important places. They also recognize that this plan will not be implemented overnight, and that while segments should begin appearing soon, it will take years, if not decades, to link them all together. The time to start is now.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:15px;"> </span><a href="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/FontaFlora_Lake%20James%20Sectionmapv1.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="font-size:15px;text-decoration:underline;">Fonta Flora State Trail - Lake James Loop Map</span></a> </p><h1>Status Updates</h1><p>Please stay off the newly constructed sections of trail until they are officially open! Walking or riding on the trail when it is wet will do tremendous damage to the trail surface. <strong>THANK YOU! </strong>Burke County will open sections of the trail as they are completed, signed, and after the hazards of construction have passed. If you have any questions about construction of the Fonta Flora State Trail, contact Burke County Community Development at 828-764-9030. 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This work is important to the success and management of the trail and Burke County is harnessing the power of youth to get it done. The crew consists of eight crew members between the ages of 16 and 18 along with two highly-trained crew leaders. The NCYCC provides a paid summer job and a life-changing experience for youth as crew members live and work outdoors with their colleagues.</p><p>Click <span aria-hidden="true"></span><a href="http://www.morganton.com/news/trail-work-program-trains-youths-in-leadership-work-ethic/article_9116f02c-6006-11e7-8a7b-b3291d5a57cf.html"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">here</font></span></a> for an article in the Morganton News Herald about the crew and their work.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="NCYCC Crew Members" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/NC%204%20Corps%20Members%20at%20Lake%20James.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:372px;" /> </p><p 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style="text-align:left;">The <font face="Arial">Mountains-to-Sea/Fonta Flora State Trail Connector project</font> was selected by the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) for a 2017 CRT award in the Public-Private Partnerships and Access to/Use of Public Lands category. The MST/FFST Connector Trail was constructed by Tri-State Company, Inc., from Lasage, WV, and goes through the Linville Tract of NC Wildlife Resources Commission Game Lands to connect the Fonta Flora State Trail - Lake James Loop which traverses private and public lands around Lake James to miles of addtional trails on public lands. Specifically, the trail connector crosses state managed game lands to connect Burke County's Fonta Flora Park to the US Forest Service's Linville Gorge. CRT members felt that the project exemplified successful public-private partnerships that increase access to and use of federal, state, and local public lands. The project also involved engagement of local elected officials and agency personnel.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Deputy County Manager/Planning Director Scott Carpenter attended the award presentation in Washington, D.C. at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on June 14th.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Click <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="http://www.americantrails.org/awards/CRT17awards/Mountains-to-Sea-Trail-Fonta-Flora-NC-CRT-2017.html">here</a></span> for the award web page and <a href="http://www.morganton.com/news/county-staff-win-national-award-for-trail-connection/article_281f4976-4b0b-11e7-ba8f-cbff41e90016.html" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a> for an article in the Morganton News Herald about the award. </p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span 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June 1, 2016</strong><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Corridor Trimming" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/FFSTPic001Trail.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:228px;" /></p><p><a href="http://terratektrails.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">Terra Tek Trails</span></a> began work on the <a href="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/Published%20Documents/Departments/Community%20Development/Fonta%20Flora%20State%20Trail/Fonta%20Flora%20State%20Trail_Lake%20James%20Section.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">Fonta Flora State Trail – Lake James Loop Section</span></a> at the new Burke County Fonta Flora Park. The first step was design, layout, and flagging of the trail and trimming the trail corridor. The trail corridor includes the trail tread (where trail users will walk, run, and ride) and the area on each side of the tread. The trail tread for this section of the Lake James Loop will be five feet wide.</p><p>Small trees, vegetation, and brush in the trail corridor are cut at waist height for mechanized equipment to remove the stumps when the trail tread is constructed or dug. All trees, brush, and stumps are placed well away from the trail tread to minimize its visual impact from the trail.</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="Trail Equipment" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/FFSTPic003Equipment.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:184px;" /><strong>Tuesday, June 14, 2016</strong></p><p>A five foot wide trackhoe was delivered to begin digging the first foot of the Fonta Flora State Trail. This piece of mechanized equipment will allow the trail builder to construct a full bench cut trail. The total width of the trail tread is excavated or dug out of the slope, and the trail tread contains no compacted fill material. This is the most durable and recommended way to construct a natural surface trail.</p><p>As work progresses, Burke County staff will be examining the trail to make sure that the trail tread is outsloped 3-5%, the trail backslope or cut bank transitions smoothly to the hillside above, and all loose dirt is covered with leaves and other organic material. This will allow rainfall to flow across the trail which will minimize the amount of erosion that occurs on the trail tread surface.<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Linville River Bridge" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/FFSTPic002Bridge.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:245px;" /></p><p><strong>Wednesday, June 15, 2016</strong></p><p><strong></strong><a href="http://oakhilliron.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">Oak Hill Iron</span></a> installed enhancements to the Linville River Bridge. The persimmon colored feathers will draw Fonta Flora State Trail users over the Linville River as they make their way around Lake James. The feather will be the common marker that walkers, runners, and mountain bikers will see at trailheads, road crossings, and on the trail.</p><p><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><strong>Wednesday, June 22, 2016</strong></p><p>Construction and digging continues as <a href="http://terratektrails.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">Terra Tek Trails</font></a> makes steady progress towards the lakeshore. While the digging has been relatively easy considering the thick density of the predominately pine forest, a lack of rainfall has made it difficult to properly compact the trail which helps the tread naturally harden. Compaction is very important because it helps the trail tread withstand the impact of trail users which minimizes erosion of soil on the tread surface.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Trail" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/FFSTPic005Trail.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:381px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/TrailConstruction.mp4" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here for a short video of trail construction in progress.</a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Tuesday, June 28, 2016</strong><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Trail" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/FFSTPic008Trail.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:291px;" /></p><p style="text-align:left;">Approximately 0.7" of rain fell overnight. County staff inspected the trail to see how it weathered the storm. During a storm, rain drops fall and collect on the trail tread surface and join together. The resulting flow of water picks up loose soil that results from the construction process or user impacts, and often moves or washes it off the trail. A sustainable trail is designed to minimize the volume and velocity of water on the trail tread. As a result, less soil is moved and the impact of the natural weather processes is minimized. It appears that the trail soaked up the rainfall like a sponge. No erosion was noticed, and the rain will also help the trail tread naturally harden over time.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="Trail" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/FFSTPic007Trail.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:208px;" /><strong>Thursday, June 30, 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Total trail completed - approximately 2,500 linear feet - 0.5 miles</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Monday, July 11, 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">More rain fell last week, and the trail appears to be handling the water well. A considerable amount of trail construction is completed, and you can now see Lake James from the trail. The Fonta Flora State Trail will meander along the shoreline of the lake offering views as it continues around the new Burke County Fonta Flora Park toward the existing Linville Access Area.</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img alt="Lake James view" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/FFSTPic010Trail.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:469px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">Lakeshore Views from the Trail</p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><strong>Thursday, July 14, 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Afternoon thunderstorms continue to hit the trail in the evenings. The precipitation is great as it <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Fonta Flora State Trail rough cut" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/FFSTPic011Trail.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:238px;" />reduces the amount of time the trail will need to "sit" as it naturally hardens. </p><p style="text-align:left;">One of Burke County's trail construction requirements is that the trail contractor shall not complete more than 500 feet of new trail construction before "finishing" the trail. This means that the grading of the tread and backslope should be finished to a smooth and stable surface. Any roots protruding from the trail tread should be cut or covered, and excavated soil should be covered with leaves and other organic debris to resemble the surrounding forest floor. This process helps keep loose soil from moving off the trail and from any disturbed area to the lake or surrounding forest.</p><p style="text-align:center;">             <img alt="Fonta Flora State Trail mid-point" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/FFSTPic012Trail.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:257px;" /></p><p style="text-align:left;"> </p><p><strong>Wednesday, July 20, 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Total trail completed - approximately 5,000 linear feet - 0.95 miles</p><p><strong>Friday, July 29, 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Work continues  as <span aria-hidden="true"></span><a href="http://terratektrails.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Terra Tek Trails</font></span></a> works their way around the edge of Fonta Flora County Park. More trail planning has also been completed, and the loop within the park has been flagged. Total trail completed - approximately 5,300 linear feet - 1.0 miles</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Tuesday, August 2, 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span aria-hidden="true"> <img alt="Fonta Flora State Trail" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/FFSTPic014Trail.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:263px;" /></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><strong>Wednesday, August 10, 2016</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span></span>Rain, rain, and more rain! What started off as a dry summer has turned into a wet one. Fortunately, the water only sinks in a couple of inches so digging the trail continues. The rain sometimes makes it difficult to complete finish work and compaction, but work slowly continues foot by foot.</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><strong>Tuesday, August 23, 2016</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Fonta Flora State Trail Lake View" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/FFSTPic019Trail.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:425px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="FFST Lake View" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/FFSTPic020Trail.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:439px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;">More Lake Views from the Trail</p><p><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><strong>Wednesday, August 31, 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Total trail completed - approximately 9,200 linear feet - 1.75 miles</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Monday, September 19, 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">The dry summer has returned.  Rain hasn't fallen on the trail since September 1st. This has allowed <span aria-hidden="true"></span><a href="http://terratektrails.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Terra Tek Trails</font></span></a> to move quickly around the end of the peninsula that is Fonta Flora County Park. They are completing more and more trail each day. Once rain returns, the crew will be able to compact the trail that has been built over the last three weeks to a finished surface. Approximately one-half of the planned trail within the park is complete.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Monday, October 3, 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Burke County Commissioners Abele, Taylor, Carswell, and Brittain, State Senator Warren Daniel and State Representative Hugh Blackwell, joined other Burke County officials and staff at Burke County Fonta Flora Park to participate in a walking tour of the Trail. A brief presentation at the planned trailhead located at the entrance to the Park explained current and future plans for the trail. The group then walked an approximately one half mile section of the trail to views overlooking Lake James.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Wednesday, October 5, 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Total trail completed - approximately 15,840 linear feet - 3 miles</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Thursday, October 13, 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><a href="http://tri-statecompany.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">Tri-State</span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"> Company, Inc.</span>, began work on the Trail from the new Burke County Fonta Flora Park to Southpointe Drive. They will also be constructing the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail connector located across from the Park on the NCWRC Game Lands after hunting season. <span aria-hidden="true"></span><a href="http://terratektrails.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Terra Tek Trails</font></span></a> continues work within the Park.</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span aria-hidden="true"><img height="279" alt="Sutter Dozer" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/TrailEquipment003.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:226px;height:297px;" />     </span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span aria-hidden="true">Mechanized tools of the trade</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><strong>Monday, October 31, 2016</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><strong></strong><span aria-hidden="true">As the dry summer turns into a dry fall, work continues on the Fonta Flora State Trail. <a href="http://terratektrails.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Terra Tek Trails</font></span></a> is approximately 0.75 miles away from the Linville Access Area, and <span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><a href="http://tri-statecompany.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Tri-State</font></span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"> Company, Inc.</span>, is approximately one-third of the way to Southpointe Drive from Fonta Flora Park.</span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true">Total trail completed - approximately 25,080 linear feet - 4.75 miles</span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><strong>Friday, November 18, 2016</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><a href="http://terratektrails.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Terra Tek Trails</font></span></a> has completed the trail to the Linville Access Area. All that is left is compaction of the trail tread from the park entrance road to the access area. Please stay off the trail until it has been compacted. <a href="http://terratektrails.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Terra Tek Trails</font></span></a> will also be completing some additional fine tuning to the trail that has already been completed on the east side of the park entrance road. <span aria-hidden="true"><a href="http://tri-statecompany.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Tri-State</font></span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"> Company, Inc.</span>, is approximately one-half of the way to Southpointe Drive from Fonta Flora Park.</span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true">Total trail completed - approximately 27,720 linear feet - 5.25 miles</span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><strong><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Monday, November 28, 2016</strong></span></span></span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><strong><span aria-hidden="true"></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span> <img alt="Fonta Flora County Park Trailhead - Preliminary Design" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/Trailhead-Concept.png" style="margin:5px;width:477px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span aria-hidden="true"></span>The preliminary design for the Fonta Flora County Park Trailhead has been completed!</p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><strong>Thursday, December 8, 2016</strong></span></span></span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;">The first Fonta Flora State Trail Stakeholder Meeting was held at the Community House in Morganton. Local government <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="FFST - Morganton to Asheville" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/draft10_03.png" style="margin:5px;width:144px;" />and land management agency staff, elected officials, and other stakeholders along the planned corridor of the Trail <span aria-hidden="true"></span>from Morganton to Asheville gathered to learn more about the history, planning, and current status of the trail. It was a successful meeting with over 50 stakeholders in attendance. <span aria-hidden="true"></span>During the meeting, Duke Energy presented a check for $656,600 to Burke County which will be used for development of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) from Lake James to Morganton. A portion of this trail follows the same alignment as the Fonta Flora State Trail.</p><p style="text-align:left;">As the dry fall turns into a wet winter, work has slowed down a bit on the trail. Freeze and thaw of the soil on the trail tread can also have a dramatic effect on the trail surface. It is extremely important to STAY OFF the trail when the tread (where trail users walk, run, and ride) is wet and enduring freeze and thaw. Walking or riding on the trail during these times will do tremendous damage to the trail surface.   </p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true">Total trail completed - approximately 29,040 linear feet - 5.5 miles</span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><strong><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Tuesday, January 3, 2017</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true">Wet weather continues to persist. <span aria-hidden="true"><a href="http://tri-statecompany.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Tri-State</font></span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"> Company, Inc.</span>, is approximately two-thirds of the way to Southpointe Drive from Fonta Flora Park. <span aria-hidden="true"></span></span>Duke Energy has finished their work in the County Park and rehabbed the temporary staging/parking area at the entrance. Burke County hopes to construct the Fonta Flora County Park Trailhead in 2018 to provide a permanent parking area for trail users. </span></span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Total trail completed - approximately 31,680 linear feet - 6 miles</span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="Trailwork" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/TriStateOne.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:254px;" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><strong>Thursday, January 19, 2017</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p><span aria-hidden="true"><a href="http://tri-statecompany.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Tri-State</font></span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"> Company, Inc.</span> has completed the trail just west of Southpointe Drive! <span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span>They are now working on the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail Connector located on the NCWRC Game Lands.</span></span></p><p><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Burke County is currently working with the SouthPointe Owners Association, Inc., to finalize a trail easement across their property.</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true">Total trail completed - approximately 35,050 linear feet - 6.6 miles</span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><strong>Tuesday, February 7, 2017</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><a href="http://tri-statecompany.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Tri-State</font></span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"> Company, Inc.</span> continues to<span aria-hidden="true"> work on the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail Connector located on the NCWRC Game Lands.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Total trail completed - approximately 39,450 linear feet - 7.4 miles</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><strong>Tuesday, March 1, 2017</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true">The Mountains-to-Sea State Trail Connector is now over half-way complete. It has been constructed from Fish Hatchery Road to Wolf Pit Road. <span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><a href="http://tri-statecompany.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Tri-State</font></span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"> Company, Inc.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span> is moving quickly and hopes to have the trail finished by early April. We are almost done with our first big push of new trail in Burke County near Lake James! </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Total trail completed - approximately 46,682 linear feet - 8.8 miles</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true">    <img alt="Roller Compactor" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/TriStateThree.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:276px;" />     <img alt="Finished Trail" src="http://www.burkenc.org/assets/PublishingImages/Community%20Development/TriStateTwo.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:275px;" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><strong>Wednesday, March 17, 2017</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span>The Mountains-to-Sea State Trail Connector is </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>finished!! <span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><a href="http://tri-statecompany.com/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Tri-State</font></span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> Company, Inc.</span> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">is now working on some shorter sections of the trail around Lake James.  Hopefully, Burke County will be ready for another big push of trail building this fall 2017/winter 2018.  Stay tuned!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Total trail completed - approximately 50,600 linear feet - 9.6 miles</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true"><span aria-hidden="true">Please stay off the newly constructed sections of trail until they are officially open! Walking or riding on the trail when it is wet will do tremendous damage to the trail surface. Help us protect the investment we have made in this very valuable asset. <strong>THANK YOU! </strong>Burke County will open sections of the trail as they are completed, signed, and after the hazards of construction have passed. If you have any questions about construction of the Fonta Flora State Trail, contact Tim Johnson at 828-764-9030. Click <a href="http://www.burkenc.org/departments/community-development/fonta-flora-county-park" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">here</font></a> for status updates for Fonta Flora County Park.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p><font size="3"></font>

 

 

 

 

FFST Master Planhttp://www.burkenc.org/assets/Published Documents/Departments/Community Development/Fonta Flora State Trail/Fonta Flora State Trail_Lake James Section.pdfFFST Master Plan
Revised Railing A23http://www.burkenc.org/assets/Published Documents/Departments/Community Development/Fonta Flora State Trail/Revised Railing A23.pdfRevised Railing A23
RFP Questions 10-13-2017http://www.burkenc.org/assets/Published Documents/Departments/Community Development/Fonta Flora State Trail/RFP Questions 10-13-2017.pdfRFP Questions 10-13-2017
FFST Summary - Fall 2016http://www.burkenc.org/assets/Published Documents/Departments/Community Development/Fonta Flora State Trail/FFSTSummaryFall2016.pdfFFST Summary - Fall 2016
FFST Summary - Spring 2017http://www.burkenc.org/assets/Published Documents/Departments/Community Development/Fonta Flora State Trail/FFSTSummarySpring2017.pdfFFST Summary - Spring 2017