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, April 17th, 10:00am: Today we will be at Thayer Brook Preserve in Gray! We will be clearing a new 1/4 mile Ridge Runner extension trail. The trail will already be marked and cut, but we will be crucial in clearing and tidying up the trail. This will include throwing slash and brush further back into the woods, using loppers and hand saws to cut small branches and raking the trail when complete. The last snowstorm also left dozens of downed trees over the trails, so there will be lots of clearing to do with hand saws and chainsaws.

On May 1st we will be constructing a 16ft bridge over a stream and a short bog bridging section over a wet area of the trail. If time allows, we will carry the lumber for these projects to the site locations.

RRCT will bring loppers, hand saws, rakes, a chainsaw, and other necessary trail clearing tools. Bring any personal tools you’d like to use! For moving the bridge beams, RRCT will have straps for multiple people to use. Work gloves and boots are recommended.

There is a parking lot at 92 Ramsdell Rd, Gray, ME. Note: dogs must be on leash at this preserve due to sensitive wildlife.

Wednesday, April 24th, 8am-12pm: Join us at Talking Brook Public Land for an extended Trail Crew with Maine Beer Company employees! We will be hauling lumber, constructing various bog bridges, and doing general trail maintenance. More details to come.

Wednesday, May 1st, 10:00am: We’re back at Thayer Brook Preserve! We will finish hauling lumber to the sites if needed. We will then get to work constructing a 16ft bridge over a stream crossing and a short bog bridging section over a wet area. RRCT will bring the lumber, a circular saw, drivers, screws, measuring tape, shovel, and other tools. Bring work gloves and extra bridge-building tools if you have them, especially drivers!

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Sunday, April 28th, 8am-3pm – Skill Building Training: RRCT is hosting free trail work training sessions at Pisgah Hill Preserve (South), led by AMC! During these training sessions, participants will gain skills in trail maintenance, tree and shrub pruning techniques, and proper trail blaze sizing and placement. The focus will be rerouting a section of the 1.2 mile loop trail where it intersects with a drainage channel. Participants will re-blaze the trail with paint and perhaps address invasive glossy buckthorn and shrubby honeysuckle.

If you would consider yourself a Trail Crew regular, you just need to show up and sign an AMC waiver, no need to officially register. For everyone else, registrations are live! Sign up HERE for one of the two-hour trainings, or the whole day!

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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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