Trail Crew, Wednesdays at 10am

This spring, Royal River Conservation Trust and Trail Boss, Kyle Warren are launching a weekly program called Trail Crew. Work sessions are planned for two hours on Wednesday mornings. Bring the skills you already have; this program is open to everyone who is able to join. The focus will be on creatively, safely and efficiently completing RRCT’s physical work goals, not on education, but we’ll all be doing lots of learning. Trail Crew will address the entire spectrum of on-site trail building, including route finding and trail alignment, brush and wood clearing, water management, wetland and stream crossings, as well as treadway stabilization, and signage needs.  Join us at the work-site of the week Wednesdays at 10am.

RRCT will provide the tools for the job but you are encouraged to bring, build, use and care for your own tool box as well. Crew members should bring a water bottle and should wear sturdy shoes, safety glasses, gloves, and the right clothes for the day (hint, the right clothes are always layered).  Dogs are not encouraged to attend this program, (mostly for their own safety), but the trails we build will be perfect to return to with the entire family.

Kyle is a Registered Maine Master Guide and is Wilderness First Aid and CPL chainsaw safety trained. He’s been learning and loving these paths and places as RRCT stewardship staff for most of the last decade. Land protection and appropriate access to it is what feeds him. Join us each week or whenever you are able, to build on this passion.

SCHEDULE

May 23, Wednesday at 10am- Pisgah Hill Preserve-north, GPS: 131 N. Pownal Road, New Gloucester

Parking is along the wide eastbound shoulder of North Pownal Road.

Project: In 2010 RRCT and Land for Maine’s Future protected a hundred acres in this neighborhood. This year we are opening access to it. We’ll begin roadside and determine the best trail alignment by “pin-flagging” our preferred alignment. Next steps, will be “brushing” the trail, evaluating water management needs, building any stone or lumber infrastructure, then finally spec’ing signage needs. This will be the rhythm. Each week we’ll continue this progression at this site or another. Call or text Kyle (207)632-6112 with questions; we have cell service at nearly all of our worksites.

June 6, Wednesday at 10am- Chandler Brook Trail, GPS: 854 Elmwood Road, Pownal

Parking is in the municipal “clean fill” ad-hoc lot.

Project: The Chandler Brook Trail is the gorgeous quiet (no bikes yet) bypass of the Bradbury to Pineland Corridor.  This trail crosses private land with several RRCT trail easements, conservation easements, with trail rights, connecting on each side to public (municipal and state owned) land.  We’ll begin roadside and determine the best trail alignment  by “pin-flagging” our preferred alignment. Next steps, will be “brushing” the trail, evaluating water management needs, building any stone or lumber infrastructure, then finally spec’ing signage needs. This will be the rhythm. Each week we’ll continue this progression at this site or another. Call or text Kyle (207)632-6112 with questions, we have cell service at nearly all of our worksites.

June 13, Wednesday at 10am- TBD