Adopt a trail today! Join the Friends of the Black Run preserve to continue one of our missions — the stewardship of the multi-track – hiking, biking, and skiing – trails throughout the preserve. We need your help. We’re looking for volunteers to adopt a section of trail at the preserve and become Trail Maintainers. Friends of the Black Run Preserve ambassador, Rich Taylor, will be teaching this two part course. The first part of the course will be taught in the classroom and the second part will be hands-on walking the trails.
As our trail network has become more developed, we want to establish a team of volunteers as trail maintainers capable of effective maintenance.
Our trail section maintainers will be one of the “eyes” and “ears” of their section, as well as an important advocate and protector. In this role, they will become familiar with the techniques to perform the simple, recurring maintenance and repairs necessary to keep the trails in good useable and safe condition. In that respect, trail maintenance is an important task. Without vigilant attention, the trails would soon disappear.
While periodic trail maintenance is the basic volunteer duty, the BRP Trail Crew is responsible for the “heavy duty” work on the trail such as relocations, clearing downed trees, and the trail work that a maintainer does not feel comfortable doing alone.
Trail Maintainers will receive a Black Run Preserve t-shirt, hat, and name plate and the skills need to perform basic maintenance and repairs on the trail they adopt. Rich will also include a short Leave-No-Trace (LNT) Awareness Workshop, where the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.
Sign up today! The first class is this Sunday, August 26 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM at the REI Marlton Community Room.
Board member and course instructor Rich Taylor is a Marlton resident and a longtime trail and hiking volunteer. While living in north NJ for many years, Rich was a New York-New Jersey Trail Conference volunteer, a member of the Long Distance Trails Crew, and supervisor for 22 miles of the Appalachian Trail from the New York State line north to Route 17. Rich is also a hike leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club, leading hikes every summer in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. While not playing around outside hiking or skiing, Rich is Vice President of Coperion Corporation, a process equipment supplier to the global plastics and chemical industry, responsible for the customer service sales business in the Americas. Rich graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with both undergraduate and masters mechanical engineering degrees, with additional graduate work in both management and computer science.