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Tunnel Creek, Flume trail mile markers installed

Ted Parkhill
Special to the Bonanza

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Have you been hiking or mountain bike riding along North Canyon Road to Marlette Flume Trail and down Tunnel Creek lately?

If so, you have seen that Conor Nix's Troop 37 Boy Scout Eagle Project is now complete.

He placed many 4-foot-tall mile markers each mile for 12 miles along the trails. The posts are engraved with the trail name, north or south direction, mile number, and a glow-in-he-dark help locator.

Not only are the mile markers useful for people traveling along the trail, but regional emergency services crews also have the GPS coordinates of every post.

"The help locators make finding a person who needs medical attention a lot easier," said Nix. "All you need to do is dial 911 and tell them what help locator you are closest to. They will be able to find you in a shorter amount of time."

On Dec. 2, 2014, Jay Howard, Nevada State Parks Supervisor, and Bill Champion, Spooner Lake Supervisor, awarded Nix a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition for his outstanding Eagle Scout Project contributions to the park — for planning, funding, designing, and installing the high-quality mile markers.

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"I could not have completed my Eagle Project without the help of my fellow Scouts, Troop 37 Leaders, the Hacienda for hosting my fundraiser, community funding, volunteers, and trail helpers," Nix said.

He added that he wants to thank April Shakelford, Fuels Management Specialist for the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District for helping mark post locations, and David Joseph, with the Friends of Incline Trails, who helped him install the posts.

"I am very grateful for everyone who had a part in my project," Nix said.

Made of recycled plastic lumber, the 5-inch by 5-inch signs are guaranteed to last for 50 years.

For information on scouting at Lake Tahoe, email Troop 37 at info@bsatroop37.org. Learn more about BSA Troop 37 at http://www.bsatroop37.org.

Ted Parkhill is Publicity Chair for Troop 37 in Incline Village.