Trail Crew, Wednesdays at 10 am

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


Wednesday August 28th, 10:00 am: Littlejohn Island Preserve.  We’ll return to Littlejohn for a second week of work.  We’ll open the service gate (the very end of Pemasong Lane extension) for ample parking for all who show up. 

Importantly, we’ll have material to replace roughly ten support logs for the plank bridges.  This will require some power screws, hammers to remove nails, and tools to dig and level the ground.  

We’ll chainsaw one or two dead danger trees near the trail.  

The landscaping crew (mowing the bittersweet is aiming to work this week as well, either before or after our work day.  Regardless, we’ll do some needed work on bittersweet (bring hand snippers, hand saws) and also if the tides are right we’ll use some seaweed for mulching (we’ll bring buckets and such.)  

Wednesday September 4th, 10:00 am. TBD.  

Below is a map showing all of the work we recently did at Knight’s Pond Preserve.  This maps is still getting edits from reviewers, so not quite ready for prime time yet. 

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.