The Paw Loop trail in the Louisiana State Arboretum is named after the Pawpaw tree and is a hilly hike through a beech-magnolia forest. A gulley runs randomly through the trail system and has to be crossed to access the trail. The bridge crossing the gulley and the bottomland habitat associated with the trail system was closed over a year ago because the lumber rotted to a point that made it a hazard.
The Arboretum is looking for volunteers to help rebuild the 240-foot bridge. The Friends of the LSA have purchased the lumber and University of Louisiana at Lafayette AmeriCorps spent over 100 volunteer hours working on the bridge in early November. Thirty team members hauled the boards that will be used to rebuild the bridge down a steep hill and laid them on the joists. The Arboretum staff works on the bridge when they have the opportunity, but could use some help to get it open sooner than later. The Arboretum is working on anchoring the boards to the support joists, which is time-consuming but not difficult. Then they will need to attach a “toe-kick” along the edges. Again, they have all of the materials but are looking for some extra hands.
Here are the volunteer times needed:
Wednesdays: Dec. 7, and Dec. 21
Friday: Dec. 9
Weekend dates: Saturdays, Dec. 10 & Dec. 17
If you are available to work all or part of the day on these dates, call (337) 363-6289 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.