Roseboro to hold Mountains-to-Sea Trail meeting
Community invited to attend, learn more about state trail coming through town
In anticipation of soon becoming a stop along the state’s new and expanding Mountains-to-Sea (MTS) Trail, the town of Roseboro will hold a community information meeting next week to inform the public about the project, its benefits, and its expected impact.
Interested persons are asked to gather at the Roseboro Community Building, located at 206 NE Railroad St., Thursday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m.
“The purpose of this meeting is to inform elected officials and other interested citizens who may be impacted by the new NC Mountains to Sea Hiking Trail Route Project through Sampson County, share information about the 200+ acre North Carolina Pondberry Bay Plant Conservation Project (near Lakewood Country Club) and learn about prospects for establishing a multi-use greenway from Fayetteville to Wilmington, utilizing the abandoned (Atlantic) Seaboard Railroad route through Roseboro,” said mayor David Alexander in letters sent to local citizens and to town councils from surrounding communities.
During the informational meeting, Kate Dixon, the executive director of Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (FMTS), will give a general presentation about the proposed hiking trail.
In a May 2013 newsletter, Dixon shared that the trail, which is officially a part of the State Park System, is expected to wind its way through approximately 1,000 miles of the state. As of May, around 550 miles of the trail was completed.
Dixon explained that the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a “non-profit citizen support group which organizes volunteers and communities to build, protect, and promote the trail.”
The group also “provides backroad routes that allow people to explore the entire state,” added Dixon in the newsletter, noting that it is the State Parks who are responsible for determining new trail sections..
These back-road routes are particularly important for the portion of the trail that runs through the Coastal Plain region, including Roseboro.
“We have found that many MST hikers experienced difficulty in exploring the Coastal Plain because the current route follows roads for 175 continuous miles through one of the most intensely farmed areas in North Carolina,” reported Dixon. “We believe FMST’s new options for completing the trail in the Coastal Plain will encourage more and more people to explore this special part of North Carolina.”
Community members can also expect to hear from Joel Strickland, the Rural Planning Organization (RPO) transportation director with Mid-Carolina Council of Governments (MCCOG). He will discuss that status on a proposed feasibility study for a Fayetteville-t0-Wilmington multi-use greenway corridor which could follow the abandoned Atlantic Seaboard Coastline Railroad route, located just east of the Cape Fear River and running through Roseboro.
Robert Evans, the coordinator of the Pondberry Bay Conservation Plant Preserve, is also scheduled to make a presentation on the accompanying conservation project that is expected to take place just outside of Roseboro near Lakewood Country Club.
Also on the agenda are Janna Bass, the executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, and Vickie Crane, the director of the Sampson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, who are expected of offer their thoughts on the trail and its potential benefits to Sampson County.
At the end of the meeting, community members will also be given the opportunity to respond to what they have heard, to ask questions of the panelists, and to voice any concerns.
For questions or for more information, please contact Roseboro commissioner Roland Hall at 525-4183 or via email at email@example.com.
Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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