The Friends of the Black Run Preserve has as one of its missions the stewardship of the multi-track (hiking / biking / skiing) trails throughout the area. 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.
Preserving the quality of the outdoor experience, while providing a minimal level of soil and vegetation disturbance should be the goals of trail workers. 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.
To prepare volunteers to become BRP Trail Maintainers, and to provide general education to those interested, we will be conducting a “Trail Maintainer TM-101” course.
This introductory class is for people new to trail work who want to learn “how trails work,” i.e. basic trail maintenance concepts, including trail work safety, how to cut brush to help clear a trail to proper specifications, trail markings, conducting a trail survey to identify and report major problems, and understanding a range of trail work tasks. Also included will be a short Leave-No-Trace (LNT) Awareness Workshop, where the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace will be presented and discussed. The first part of the course will be taught in the classroom. The second part will be hands-on walking the trails.
We have scheduled our first TM-101 Trail Maintenance course for:
WHEN: Sunday August 26 TIME: 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM WHERE: REI Marlton Community Room
We are looking for volunteers that are interested to “adopt” short sections of trails as their own. Please join us if you are interested in helping maintain the quality of our local outdoor wilderness.