Trail Crew – Wednesdays at 10:00 am

Hanae here! If you have any questions, concerns, or visions for Trail Crew, you can reach me at (973) 255-7513 or hanae@rrct.org.

Wednesday, July 17th, 10:00 am – Today, we’ll be back at Granite Falls Preserve in North Yarmouth! We’ll pick up where we left off a few weeks ago and finish removing the bridge remains, and continue trimming back overgrown branches over the trails. 

RRCT will bring trail maintenance tools, including loppers and hand saws. To haul rotting lumber to RRCT’s truck, we’ll have a heavy-duty sled and a wheelbarrow. Feel free to bring your own tools and work gloves. Don’t forget a water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and sturdy shoes!

There is a small paved parking area at 2 Goldenrod Lane, North Yarmouth. Once that fills up, park along the road shoulders off Goldenrod Lane.

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Wednesday, July 24th, 10:00 am – Join us at Littlejohn Island Preserve in Yarmouth! There are a few sections of old bog-bridging on the trail along the Cousins-facing shoreline that need to be replaced. We’ll remove the old boards and install fresh cedar boards. We’ve been making great progress chipping away at the two woodchip piles by the service gate, but there is still more left to spread over the trails! Volunteers can also choose to pull invasive bittersweet vines throughout the preserve.

RRCT will bring cedar boards, screws, an impact driver, and a circular saw. For the woodchips, we’ll have wheelbarrows and shovels. The bittersweet is easily pulled by hand, but for the larger vines loppers and hand saws come in handy. Feel free to bring your own tools and work gloves. Don’t forget a water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and sturdy shoes!

SPECIAL PARKING: drive to the very end of Pemasong Lane, Yarmouth. The service gate will be unlocked. Go through the gate and park straight to end, a little bit to the right in the grass. 

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Royal River Conservation Trust’s weekly volunteer trail upkeep and construction program is prepped by volunteers or staff, and complements our annual stewardship field work. Work sessions are planned for two hours on Wednesdays 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 2-10+ volunteers each week.

There is a job for everyone, no matter your shape, skills, or 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 focuses on creatively, sustainably, safely, and efficiently completing RRCT’s physical work goals. Trail Crew tackles a variety of on-site trail building issues including route finding and trail alignment, brush and wood clearing, water management, wetland and stream crossings, tread stabilization, invasive 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. Tick checks are a must and bringing bug repellent ain’t a bad idea.

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