Trail Riders of Today; Horseback riding on trails in Maryland
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Trail Maintenance Schedule    

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 (<amyhkimble@aol.com>). 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 (<amyhkimble@aol.com>), as these hours are very beneficial to the local parks' budgets. Also PLEASE report your trail work to the newsletter editor (<bsw@jhmi.edu>) 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:

--The Carroll County Equestrian Council  (CCEC) organizes a very active trail work program, always 9 AM to noon. See their website <http://www.carrollcountyequestriancouncil.org/calendar.htm> for CCEC's current trail work information. Report your trail work hours to Amy Kimble. For now think  about -- Morgan Run:  Sunday, Nov. 13 – call ahead to Carolyn Garber (410-549-5141)

-- 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/>.

-- the "Friends of …" groups for many of the DNR parks such as Seneca Creek, Fair Hill, NCR/Hereford, Gunpowder, Patapsco Valley, Cedarville, Chapman's Greenwell, Cunningham Falls, Greenbriar, Rocky Gap, etc., find the President of your local group at <http://dnr2.maryland.gov/Publiclands/Pages/friendsof.aspx>.

-- the WSSC at < https://www.wsscwater.com/about-us/events.html>

Help WSSC Maintain Their Rocky Gorge and Triadelphia Trails with Nicole Horvath. WSSC now maintains their delightful Rocky Gorge and Triadelphia trails by removing downed trees and sporadically mowing their trail sections with grass. But they can only know about obstacles that need their attention if we tell them. Thus, their Environmental Outreach Coordinator, Nicole Horvath (<Nicole.Horvath@wsscwater.com>; 301-206-8240-office, 240-205-3431-cell) If you come across large limbs or other debris that are blocking the trail or access roads they should notify the Brighton Dam Visitor Center at 301-206-7485 of the location of the damage. This way we can track storm damage and the team can assist with removal of large debris.

For information or to join these efforts, contact Amy Kimble - AmyHkimble@aol.com; (301-748-8310, call or text)