Eagle Scout Project On The Crafton Hills Open Space Conservancy
YUCAIPA, CA Brian Kennedy (14), a freshman in the Engineering Academy at Yucaipa High School held his Eagle Scout Project this Saturday and Sunday January 24-25, 2015 in the Crafton Hills Open Space Conservancy.
Brian proposed, organized, fund-raised, purchased the supplies for and lead 13 volunteers installing trail markers over 6.5 miles of the Crafton Hills Ridge Trail.
The first of 15 trail markers begins at Crafton Hills College and continues in 1/2 mile increments to Grape Ave 6.5 miles away. These fiberglass markers display 1/2 mile information and contain a QR code that directs visitors who scan it with smartphones to the Conservancy’s web page for more information.
The 14 members of his volunteer team were made up of his Boy Scout Troop 341 (chartered through Redlands Christian Schools), the Yucaipa High School Mountain Bike Team as well as other community volunteers from the Redlands and Yucaipa. The GPS location of these markers will be distributed to CAL FIRE to assist first responders and rescue personnel with accurate information on the mountain.
When asked why he wanted to do this trail work for his Eagle Scout Project, Kennedy said, “I think it’s important for anybody who goes out on the trail to know his or her bearings and have access to good information. This project will hopefully help lots of trail users for years to come.”