Trail Crew, Wednesdays at 10 am

Scroll below for program details and description.  Join us!

SCHEDULE:  

Wednesday July 17th, 10:00 am:  Elmwood Trails, Pownal.  We haven’t done any work on these trails for almost a year, and plan to re-open one spur or scoot for better connections.  Parking for this work day is tricky, requiring parking on a shoulder with a sharp corner.  Be safe as you park.  We’ll meet and park on Elmwood Road in Pownal, The GPS address that might work best is #854 Elmwood, though there is no house or sign with that address.  The trailhead is on Elmwood between Lawrence Road and the powerlines.  Bring pole saws, hand saws, heavy gloves, a rake or two, and lots of water to drink.   

Future weeks TBD. We’ll do more work on the Elmwood Trails, and need to focus a bit on Littlejohn, and still a bit of work at Knight’s Pond. We like the idea of a bonfire at Littlejohn to dispose of the washed up dock. Contractors installed a key culvert-entrance at RRCT’s Granite Falls Preserve (North Yarmouth), we’ll plan a “look-see” in the near future to scope future volunteer work.  We’ll update this page as plans emerge. 

VOLUNTEER NEEDS NOT BIG ENOUGH FOR A TRAIL CREW DAY: 

NOT YET ASSIGNED: 

  • There’s some minor barbed wire and an unusable metal gate at our small parcel (boat access) on Penney Road in New Gloucester (eastern bank of the river).  Re-moving the gate with bolt cutters or a hacksaw would be a simple step (with a pickup for disposal).  Re-moving the barbed wire would require wire cutters and a heavy-duty trash bag. 
  • Stay tuned for other needs, or give us a call if you have an interest in scoping trails, running stewardship errands, or more.  If you’re interested in working, we’re interested in giving out assignments!  

ASSIGNED/COMPLETED:  Thank you to volunteers who recently did work on evenings-weekends at Littlejohn, at Intervale Preserve, at Runaround Pond Recreation Area, Knight’s Pond FAA, and more!    

Program Details

Trail Crew is you. Royal River Conservation Trust’s weekly volunteer trail construction program is 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 winter-spring 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 it on your calendar as your regular Wednesday morning ritual. The focus will be on creatively, sustainably, safely, and efficiently completing RRCT’s physical work goals. Trail Crew will address a variety of on-site trail building 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 will bring 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. The trails we build will be perfect to return to with dogs and the entire family.