Volunteer Trail Maintenance – What You Can Do

Looking for something to do while maintaining your excellent social distancing record? We could use your help on the trails! A good trick is to bring a pair of work gloves so you don’t ruin expensive bike gloves.

1. After a number of winter storms, drainage on many trails is clogged up with forest debris and rocks. Clear out the entrances to the culverts, and when possible try to clear the culverts out (sometimes a long stick can get things dislodged). Try to remove as much downstream clutter as you can from the drains. Spring rains should arrive soon, and this will help get water to flow away from the trails.

2. Climbing trail and flow trails. Take the time to remove loose rocks (marble and fist-size rocks that have rolled onto the trail bed) from the trail. Do not remove rocks that are IN the trail bed, they act often as armoring and protect the trail bed. You can often move dirt/rocks by using a foot as a rake, and moving loose stuff off the trail. There are also rakes at many trails, and we will add more to the climbing trails. Do not rake too hard, as we want to keep the good brown soil, and do not want to damage the trail bed. Some locals are also volunteering to patch climbing trails with nice dirt. If you see them give them a hand, but also keep your distance.  

3. Take a walk or a slow ride in the woods and collect up old trash. The forests are littered with flagging tape and other junk, time to clear it out! Of course, please use gloves and don’t pick up any new looking Lysol wipes, tissues, beverage containers, etc. If in doubt, leave it. 🤢

* Be aware of your surroundings and identify where you are working. On trails, please put a backpack or item near where you are working so people know to be aware.
* Please do not add organic litter to patch any trails, and if you have any questions/concerns please send a message to the trail crew.

**Remember if you’re doing any of these alongside people outside your immediate household to stay at least 6-8 feet apart – same goes for driving to and from the trails. Wear your own gloves and don’t share tools barehanded. **

Yours truly,

SORCA Trail Crew