Wednesday March 27, 10 am: Big Falls Preserve, 381 Woodman Road, New Gloucester. (Preserve parking is at the northernmost end of Woodman Road). We’ll start several weeks of work, getting ready for a large group corporate employee work day planned for Earth Day late April. Our goal will be to flag the location of re-located trails, and perhaps to begin some clearing of those new locations. We’ll bring lots of survey tape, you should bring gloves and saws. Snow conditions during each of Trail Crew’s weeks in March-April will affect whether we can see the best ground for relocations. We’ll also assess and prep needed removal of an old debris pile and an old building.
Wednesday April 3, 10 am: Big Falls Preserve, 381 Woodman Road, New Gloucester. (Preserve parking is at the northernmost end of Woodman Road).
Trail Crew is you. Royal River Conservation Trust’s weekly volunteer trail construction program is staffed, and complements 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.
If you have them, bring your own tools and skills. There is a job for everyone, no matter your shape, color, ideas or ice cream preference. Join us the one week you have time or interest, or put it on your calendar as your regular Wednesday morning ritual. The focus will be on creatively, sustainably, safely, and efficiently completing RRCT’s physical work goals. Trail Crew will address the entire spectrum of on-site trail building including boundary identification and marking, route finding and trail alignment, brush and wood clearing, water management, wetland and stream crossings, treadway stabilization, and signage needs.
RRCT will bring specific tools that will be helpful. We encourage volunteer crew members to bring their own tools or to create and care for your own tool box. 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; the right clothes are always layered. Dogs are not encouraged to attend this program (mostly for their own safety) though we don’t mind if the right dog joins us. The trails we build will be perfect to return to with dogs and the entire family.