South Redbird Hike
For this field trip we’ll be heading back up to the mountains of the Redbird District in Clay and Leslie counties to see what’s at stake with the South Redbird project, including an old-growth forest with some trees over 300 year old on Little Flat Creek that the Forest Service insists should be logged.
This will be a long, fairly strenuous day with much off-trail hiking. During the morning we’ll walk a stand above Ulysses Creek that was recently logged as part of the Group One Redbird project. We’ll take a close look at the tremendous amount of damage that the Forest Service has allowed in order to sell some trees and create brushy habitat – the same type of management proposed for about 3,000 acres in the South Redbird project. This part of the hike will include a small amount of steep bushwhacking, but will mostly be on large logging roads.
Afterward we’ll drive about 20 minutes to hike into the old-growth forest proposed for the same type of logging as part of the South Redbird project. We’ll talk about what make a forest “old-growth,” how old-growth is assessed, and what we’re doing to save this area. This second part of the day will be off-trail, up and down a steep slope, with about 450 feet of elevation gain. It’ll be some work, but trust us, it’s lovely.
Sunday, April 14th will be a backup day in case of severe weather on Saturday.
While it will be a long, strenuous day, participants will be rewarded with some great views, beautiful trees, and motivation and tools to help protect our Daniel Boone National Forest.
Registration is required for this hike. We ask for a donation of $20 for non-members, and $15 for members. If you would like to join Kentucky Heartwood with your registration, you can pay the member rate ($15) plus our minimum membership ($5). Donations are suggested, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay.
Participants will meet near I-75 exit 41 in London at 9:00 am, and then caravan to the Big Creek area. We ask that no kids under 12 participate. Getting kids in the woods is wonderful, but this is not a suitable kids’ hike. And no dogs, please.
Once the hike is full we will include registrants on a waiting list. If you need to cancel we will provide a refund upon request, but only if you provide us with at least 72 hours notice so that we have an opportunity to offer your space to another participant.
To register, visit our website here, and fill in the registration form: http://www.kyheartwood.org/south-redbird-hike1.html