Trail Crew, Wednesdays at 10 am

Scroll below for program details and description.  Join us!

SCHEDULE: 

Wednesday May 22nd, 10:00 amSpear Farm Estuary Preserve, Bayview Street, Yarmouth  (jointly with Town of Yarmouth/YCS).  More than 15 years ago, RRCT helped the Town acquire this beloved parcel.  We retain a conservation easement and a strong partnership with the Town.  May 22nd we’ll help the town staff and volunteers rebuilding a good chunk of the bog bridges that have rotted out and then if we have time we’ll spread chips on some of the extra rooty trails.

Wednesday May 22nd, 1:00 pm: Spear Farm Estuary Preserve, Bayview Street, Yarmouth, with New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) and more. NEFF is leading a day-long stewardship training for land trust and non-profit stewardship staff all day this day, with a stop at Spear Farm Estuary Preserve at 1pm.  If you’re a trail crew regular, or interested in our work, join the tour to listen to Town of Yarmouth and RRCT staff presentations and discussions on stewardship opportunities and challenges.

Wednesday May 29th, 10:00 am: Spear Farm Estuary Preserve. RRCT staff will be on vacation. Town staff will continue volunteer work, leading this RRCT Trail Crew work day at Spear Farm. 

Wednesday June 5th, 10:00 am AND ALSO 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmKnight’s Pond Preserve (FAA trailhead, end of Tree Lane/Tower Lane (off Henry Road) in North Yarmouth. We’ll have two work sessions today, one for our regular Trail Crew slot at 10:00 am, and one with a team of employees from a local company (SALT Associates) at 2:00 pm.

Wednesday June 12th, 10:00 am.   TBD.  We need to continue to focus on Big Falls and Littlejohn and Knight’s Pond.  We like the idea of a bonfire at Littlejohn to dispose of the washed up dock. Contractors will pick up the debris piles (tires, metal, etc)  at Big Falls Preserve soon. Contractors will be at RRCT’s Granite Falls Preserve (North Yarmouth) soon, requiring at least a “look-see” in the near future to scope future volunteer work.  We’ll update this plan as plans emerge. 

Wednesday TBD, 10:00 am: Big Falls Preserve, 381 Woodman Road, New Gloucester. (Preserve parking is at the northernmost end of Woodman Road). This is our newest preserve, donated in December of 2018 with trails in transition.  Our relocated trails at Big Falls are now mapped!  Maine Trail Finder has been updated with the new trail location, soon we’ll update RRCT’s maps at RRCT.org 

VOLUNTEER NEEDS NOT BIG ENOUGH FOR A TRAIL CREW DAY: 

NOT YET ASSIGNED:  Stay tuned, 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 at Littlejohn, at Intervale Preserve, at Runaround Pond Recreation Area, 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.