Trail Crew, Wednesdays at 10 am

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Wednesday January 22nd, 10:00 am-noon This is a project you do not want to miss. We will venture to Pineland Public Reserved Land at the Depot Road, New Gloucester. From the trailhead  we will clear any trash and then head out on the North Loop Trail. Our goal for the day will be the technical removal of a hemlock overhanging a bridge on the trail. For this project we will need a rigging set up complete with a griphoist or similar come-a-long, straps, rope, chainsaws, blocks, pulp hooks – please reach out to me if you have questions. Hard hats required for some work. Yak Trax or similar are advised since the trail is rather icy. Gloves, loppers, and small saws are also encourage.

Royal River Conservation Trust’s weekly volunteer trail 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. 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 summer-fall 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 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, and signage.

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.