Trail Crew, Wednesdays at 10 am

Scroll far below for program details and description.  Join us!


Wednesday October 16th, 10:00 am. Working with Erik Donohoe, parks staff at the Town of Yarmouth, we’ll continue work on trail boardwalks — week #4 of work at Yarmouth’s brand new Riverfront Woods Preserve, Yarmouth’s newest preserve with an RRCT Conservation Easement and so much support from RRCT donors. Heavy gloves are a must, and a spare power drill or spare tools might be helpful. Meet at the new trailhead parking lot at the very end of the new Riverfront Drive in Yarmouth. The road is new, so don’t rely on GPS. Riverfront Drive leaves East Elm Street at the intersection of East Elm and North Road.   This will be the second day of work for RRCT’s new Stewardship Director Irene Syphers Flynn!  She’ll join us to begin to ease into her Trail Crew staff role.  

Wednesday, October 23rd, 10:00 am. At Pisgah Hill Preserve, Dougherty Road Trail Head on the New Gloucester-Pownal Town Line.  This will be the second week of work for RRCT’s new Stewardship Director Irene Syphers Flynn. Pisgah Hill has very minor clean-up needs, including two or three small trees across the trail.  We’ll spend most of the morning getting ready for the winter full moon trek — cutting and piling bonfire wood at the summit. Bring chainsaws, and heavy gloves.  One or two of us (more if interested) should hike through the woods to check a few remote boundary issues near the summit, perhaps marking a few boundary trees. One or two of us might head to the North Pownal Road trailhead for inspection.  

Wednesday, October 30th, 10:00 am.  Likely at Littlejohn Island Preserve to continue work on boardwalk planks.  Stay tuned!  

Program Details

Royal River Conservation Trust’s weekly volunteer trail construction program is prepped and staffed, and compliments our annual stewardship field work. Work sessions are planned for two hours, always Wednesdays, always at 10:00 am. We push forward each week focusing on RRCT’s many public access properties, often spending several weeks in a row at the same site. Trail Crew attendance in summer-fall 2019 has included between two and eight volunteers each week, women and men, mostly retirees or folks who work at home.

There is a job for everyone, no matter your shape, skills, strength, or mobility. Join us the one week you have time or interest, or put Trail Crew on your calendar as your regular Wednesday morning ritual. Trail Crew’s focus on creatively, sustainably, safely, and efficiently completing RRCT’s physical work goals. Trail Crew trackles a variety of on-site trail building issues including boundary identification and marking, route finding and trail alignment, brush and wood clearing, water management, wetland and stream crossings, treadway stabilization, and signage.

RRCT brings specific tools that will be helpful. We encourage volunteer crew members to bring their own tools. Hand saws, pole saws, and loppers are favorites. Crew members should bring a water bottle and should wear sturdy shoes, safety glasses, gloves, and the right clothes for the day. Dogs are not encouraged to attend this program (mostly for their own safety) though we don’t mind if the right dog joins us; and increasing number of regulars bring their dogs each week. The trails we build are  perfect to return to with dogs and the entire family.