Original Members of Boy Scouts Troop 29 from Alabama Deaf and Blind School Return 45 Years Later to Conduct Maintenance on Chinnabee Silent Trail

WHAT:  After 45 years, the original members of Boy Scout Troop 29 from the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Talladega, Alabama will return to conduct maintenance work on theChinnabee Silent Trail – a popular trail constructed by them in the Talladega National Forest. Chinnabee Silent Trail is a 6-mile moderate to difficult trail constructed from 1973 to 1976.  According to USDA Forest Service Talladega District Ranger Gloria Nielsen, the Forest Service is honored to work with 10 of the original members, who call themselves the “Deaf Chinnabee Club”.  “We truly appreciate their dedication to return and conduct maintenance on the Chinnabee Silent Trail. The work will be done under a Forest Service volunteer service agreement,” said Nielsen.

WHO:  U.S. Forest Service Talladega Ranger District employees and 10 members of the former Boy Scout Troop 29

WHEN: November 9th beginning 11 a.m.

WHERE: Talladega Ranger District’s Turnipseed Campground, located 1.5 miles south of Cheaha State Park. Beginning at Lake Chinnabee, the Chinnabee Silent Trail winds beside Cheaha Creek then Ends after 6 miles at Caney Head atop Talladega Mountain.

The media is invited to this event.  Ten former members of Boy Scout Troop 29 will gather at 11 a.m. and then begin work on the Chinnabee Silent Trail from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on November 9th.  Please wear appropriate footwear for outdoor walking. To schedule interviews, contact Gloria Nielsen District Ranger at (256) 362-2909 no later than November 8th at 12 noon.