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For the past several years, Conservation Teams from the Access Fund and Corps. members from the American Conservation Experience (ACE) have partnered on the Moss Rock Boulder Field Restoration Project - an ongoing effort aimed at controlling erosion, consolidating and reinforcing trails, reforesting, and improving conditions for bouldering. Each year the project has been very successful with crews building large stone staircases, closing social trails, expanding staging areas for climbers, planting hundreds of trees and adding an assortment of erosion control features.
This year, ACE Corps. members completed an eight-week long project that began in early March. Corps. members worked eight and ten-hour days then tent-camped at night, at Oak Mountain State Park. After improving several existing, stone structures and trail sections in the boulder field, ACE expanded its outreach to all of Moss Rock, improving trail tread, re-routing trail sections, re-marking the entire trail system, clearing hazard trees, removing invasive plants, removing graffiti and planting trees. The crew also built a much needed stone staircase, connecting the power line trail to the lower portion of Moss Rock's wildflower prairie located in the park's NE corner.
The City of Hoover is very grateful to the leadership and labor at the American Conservation Experience. They provide a unique service and foster unique skills and qualities in young people from around the country. For a detailed look at the 2021 Moss Rock Preserve Park Improvements & Boulder Field Restoration Project - CLICK HERE.