Eagle Scout project out on the trail (gallery)

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Prospective Eagle Scout James McNelly completed his Eagle project Saturday by working on Mormon Battalion Trail on Bureau of Land Management land.

The 14-year-old Life scout is an eighth grader at Legacy Traditional Academy. He is a member of Troop 987.

Under the supervision of Melinda Mahoney from BLM’s Phoenix District, James organized his crew of volunteers to install trail signs, remove old signs and clear debris. Access has been closed to vehicles for several years, and BLM is working to re-open some areas to motor travel again on a restricted basis.

That section of the Mormon Battalion Trail is just north of State Route 238 west of Maricopa and follows the historic Juan Bautista de Anza Trail.