RE: NANFA-- boulder darter report

Denkhaus, Robert (DenkhaR_at_Ci.Fort-Worth.TX.US)
Wed, 15 Aug 2001 09:16:07 -0500

I realize that this suggestion comes far too late to save anyone's back this
time but y'all might file it away for future projects involving large
quantities of rock. Moving rock, including boulders, safely and with
minimal disturbance is an art and a science that has been refined by trail
builders, especially those who work in environmentally sensitive areas such
as alpine slopes. Most of these methods rely on finesse rather than brute
force and so require fewer people but more equipment. Anyway, before
attempting to move 40 tons (!) of rock again, check out books such as The
Complete Guide to Trail Building and Maintenance by Carl Demrow and David
Salisury or Lightly on the Land: The SCA Trail-Building and Maintenance
Manual by the Student Conservation Association.

Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

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