“We need to fully rebuild the bridge over Rock Creek at the Lula Lake core property,” said Wild Trails executive director and Salomon Rock/Creek Trail Series race director Randy Whorton, “and we need to do it quickly.” The bridge, located in Lookout Mountain, GA, was washed away by a flash flood during a recent spring storm.
Wild Trails kicked off the reconstruction with a $2,000 donation, helping place a temporary bridge for use during last weekend’s Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race, and now turns to the community in order to raise the additional $2,000 required to permanently improve this bridge.
“If you’ve ever used this property, you know how beautiful it is and what a treasure we have right outside of Chattanooga. Please help with a donation today. Anything will help!” said Mark McKnight. Mark is a board member for the non-profit and Rock/Creek’s Marketing Director. “(With race day coming up) we went ahead with it and planned to ask for public financial support later. We’re challenging the runners and the outdoor community to match our donation.”
The new plan calls for a 52′ nail-laminated, longitudinal-span bridge. This design was developed by the USFS for long, clear spans in the backcountry or remote areas. Lula Lake Land Trust staff, including Land Manager Noel Durant, and a variety of local volunteers will handle the construction.
“We’re raising the footings of the bridge, and the new materials will have improved durability over the previous bridge,” Durant says. “We’d like to give a big thanks to the running community, Wild Trails and of course Rock/Creek for their support on this project.”
To donate, send checks to Lula Lake Land Trust, PO Box 395, Lookout Mtn. TN 37350 (with “bridge replacement” in the memo line) or donate online at lulalake.org (click “Make a Donation”).
About Lula Lake Land Trust
Founded as a non-profit with a gift of land in 1994, the Lula Lake Land Trust’s mission is to preserve the natural and historic landscapes surrounding Rock Creek and its tributaries through conservation, education, and low-impact recreation. The trust currently protects over 8,000 acres of unique ecological habitat and provides dozens of miles of hiking, biking, and horseback trails through the Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail system.
About Rock/Creek & Wild Trails
Founded in 1987, Rock/Creek is one of the original specialty outdoor retailers to sell online. The retailer has been lauded with SNEWS and Backpacker Magazine’s “Best Online Retailer” award as well as the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance’s “Retailer of the Year” award in 2011 and 2013.
The retailer created Wild Trails with local community members in order to provide resources, education and events to help expand and protect trails in the greater Chattanooga area. Twice a year, Wild Trails donates up to $2,000 per grant for up to 5 trail work projects.
Known for high-quality trail running events, the groups organize the Salomon Rock/Creek Trail Series as well as the Triple Crown of Bouldering. The company also has developed an outdoor activity finder called RootsRated at http://rootsrated.com along with other top retailers. Learn more at http://www.rockcreek.com/ and on Twitter @RockCreek.