Trail Crew – Wednesdays at 10:00 am

Wednesday October 4, 10:00 am: 

I’m thinking Lower Village (Intervale New Gloucester) on October 4th, but I need to think through tasks a bit more before announcing.

Wednesday October 11, 10:00 am: TBD, perhaps Big Falls/Norumbega.

First two Wednesdays in November, 10:00 am: Dunn’s Depot Trail, North Yarmouth (parking at the Route 9 boat ramp or on the shoulders of Route 9). Stay tuned for details, we’ll be cutting a new loop trail and beginning to scope (or pull) invasives especially honeysuckle.

Future date TBD (perhaps late October):

Big Falls Preserve (Norumbega Trails): meet at the very very very end of Woodman Road, New Gloucester.

Breakthrough! There is a consensus of the parties and permission to move forward on new bridges at Norumbega. Last week we scoped those bridges and we will continue to work toward the fall 2023 real estate closing that will transition Big Falls & Norumbega into the new Talking Brook Public Land:

  1. Haul lumber having already located, measured, and designed-spec two bridges: one across Talking Brook, and a second across a swale upstream from the beaver dam. We will wait for installation until a waiting period following NRPA PBR.
  2. Haul lumber and install minor bog logs. (Minor because we only have a bit of lumber….)
  3. Red Trail TBD
  4. Re-blazing TBD


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.