2016 TRAIL MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
TROT members have helped establish riding trails, retained threatened trails, and maintain tails when they deteriorate by erosion, over-growth, fallen trees, or whatever. In most venues, it is up to the riders to do the trimming, and even more maintenance. Due to all the rain and hot weather this spring and early summer, plants have been growing over-exhuberantly, so trail portions are getting blocked if not obliterated. Thus, this is the perfect time to become best friends with a pair of clippers and a packable folding saw. If you feel safe doing so, clip or break annoying branches while riding (ideally removing to the next node); many plants, especially the pervasive spicebush, break extremely easily, for easy trail maintenance without clippers.
Almost any day you are inclined to do trail work but want a trail work buddy, contact TROT's Adopt-A-Trail coordinator, Amy Kimble (<firstname.lastname@example.org>). She likely will be out doing trail work and would love to have you join her.
Please report your trail work to TROT's Adopt-A-Trail coordinator, Amy Kimble (<email@example.com>), as these hours are very beneficial to the local parks' budgets. Also PLEASE report your trail work to the newsletter editor (<firstname.lastname@example.org>) for inclusion in the next issue, as it will help inspire other TROT members to also contribute to trail maintenance.Laury Lobel stresses that "It takes so little effort to carry your clippers." She further suggests using an old telephone cord around your wrist, attached to the clippers so you won't drop them. What a great idea!
Before you and your buddies go trail riding the next time, consider going to your local dollar store and "splurging" on a bunch of their cheapie-clippers (generally in their gardening or tool section). Then tend them to your buddies on your next trail ride and ask everyone to clip protruding branches. You will be amazed how much this little effort will improve trail's condition.
Please record the estimated hours of your clipping and other trail work, and report them to Amy Kimble (301-748-8310, call or text, email<AmyHkimble@aol.com>). The more volunteer hours that are reported, the larger the budgets for the venues that we ride in. Of course, motor-driven machines (chain saw, bush-hog, etc.) are not permitted in most riding venues – Carroll County is an exception -- so definitely check with the official in charge before attempting to use them in trail clearing.
If you prefer to do trail work with an organized group,
please join work parties of:
-- MORE (the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road
Enthusiasts trail work and mountain biking group with whom TROT has frequently
collaborated) at < http://www.more-mtb.org/events/category/trail-work/>.
For information or to join these efforts, contact Amy Kimble - AmyHkimble@aol.com; (301-748-8310, call or text)