Trail Crew, One-by-One

Scroll far below for program details and description.  

Update: Due to public health concerns relating to COVID-19 we are suspending Trail Crew activities. We encourage you all to continue using our preserves and leaving them better than you found them. We will continue to update our Alternative Trail Stewardship section below and encourage you to use our Trails & Preserve Volunteer Form. Please contact irene@rrct.org if you have any questions on projects on our preserves. 

Thank you all & stay healthy!

ALTERNATE TRAIL STEWARDSHIP

For those practicing self-isolation or want extra work in the woods, there are trail projects for solo or pairs in the field. Please notify Irene, Stewardship Director, at Irene@RRCT.org if you complete a task or see work needs in the field, or use the form above.

Spring walk through: Look for downed trees, mud holes, and other drainage issues, and send specific report back to Irene.

  • Old Harris Road Preserve (Pownal)
  • Knight’s Pond FAA trail segment (North Yarmouth).  We rerouted a big portion of this segment last year.  Is it surviving spring mud?  

Intervale Preserve (Route 231 trailhead), New Gloucester:

  • We recently chainsawed two old railroad ties beside the trail into (still-heavy) smaller segments. Great if someone can help remove them (200 feet from trailhead) either to a personal vehicle or to the side of the railroad for the railroad to remove.
  • Hardwood branches are starting to brush faces on one section of the loop trail (facing the river, toward the end of the loop).  With spring leaf-out, the problem will be more obvious.  One person with hand clippers for 30 minutes should be enough — aim to cut back the branches and ground-growth enough so that we don’t need to return for five years.
  • At the boat-access & fishing point (Royal River & Route 231) it would be helpful for someone to cut back the dead Japenese Knotweed (bamboo), to start the process of keeping this access open as spring growth begins. A garden rake might be the best tool.  
  • Remove invasive honeysuckle (weed wrench can be provided upon request)

Pineland Public Reserved Land

  • Large branch removal needed where the trail leaves Depot Rd. going south towards 231.

Pisgah Hill

  • Bottom railing of the bridge needs two nut/bolt/washers installed to stablize the railing. Email Irene for details.
  • Replace stringers sloping up to bridge and discard of remnants in the woods at least 50′ off trail.
  • Stepping stone sections needed

Big Falls

  • Walk the flagged reroute and send comments to Irene@rrct.org

Royal River Conservation Trust’s weekly volunteer trail upkeep and 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. Our work focuses on RRCT’s many public access properties, often spending several weeks in a row at the same site. RRCT is also happy to help out our trail neighbors when the Trail Crew has availability. Trail Crew attendance ranges from two and eight volunteers each week.

There is a job for everyone, no matter your shape, skills, strength. 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 tackles 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, invasives species management and signage. Beyond the trails the Crew does projects relating to wildlife habitat and healthy ecosystems.

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.