Trail Crew Wednesdays at 10:00 am

Covid-Era Update: RRCT’s Trail Crew program on Wednesdays at 10:00 am has a safe and successful record during the Covid era. We meet at a given preserve listed below in the Trail Crew schedule below. Due to COVID – 19 we require that all Trail Crew participants bring a mask to wear and maintain a 6-foot distance from other participants. We’ll occasionally have Trail Crew at two (or more) locations, to disperse larger groups of volunteers. We ask for best-possible judgment regarding dogs and leashes, to avoid incidents. After the introduction to work, we will split up, allowing people to work in a safe space where they can choose to remove the mask. Those conducting work on the trails should be vigilant for the safety of themselves and others, and help create and enforce a culture of discipline and safety during work days.  For more details on work-day expectations, scroll to the bottom of this page.  

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 10:00 am  Elmwood Trails (Pownal). Trip leader:  Jonathan Dawson (207) 844-0419

Meeting location: WE WILL NOT MEET ON ELMWOOD ROAD. We’ll meet at the Red Barn at Snowfields Farm (private property), 450 Lawrence Road, Pownal. The Red Barn is all the way at the end of the driveway.  The landowners of Snowfields (the Stornellis) own much of the land on which RRCT’s trail rights exist, also governed by an RRCT agricultural conservation easement.  Mobilizing for trail work from the Stornellis’ farm will allow us to save a lot of distance.

Trail work will largely consist of building plank boardwalks across muddy sections of trail. Jonathan is planning to use spikes rather than bolts, but folks might bring power screwdrivers regardless.

Equipment:  Heavy gloves, masks, water, power tools, hammer.

Here’s the website for Elmwood Trails, for context and trail maps. Again, for emphasis, for the work day we’ll be meeting at 450 Lawrence Road which is not a public trailhead and not on the trail map. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:00 am  Elmwood Trails (Pownal).  Week #2 of work on Elmwood Trails.  Same location, same project.  See above.

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 10:00 am  Location TBD.  The morning after Election Day! Location and tasks TBD.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 10:00 am  Location TBD.  Veterans’ Day! We will work regardless of the holiday.  Location and tasks TBD. 

Royal River Conservation Trust’s weekly volunteer trail upkeep and construction program is prepped by volunteers or staff, 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.