Last year we tried to introduce a plan to help us keep the many miles of trails that we have in our inventory trimmed and maintained to (1), try and make less work to be done on the trail maintenance days - and (2), free up the jobs that need to be done on the maintenance days to trail repair and address issues of problem areas.
It was kind of loosely described, or outlined before - but here's how we see it working. This is especially helpful for those folks who wish to help, but do not have Saturdays available to make it to a workday.
You can pick out the area that needs to be trimmed out of the four different trail systems - Alafia, Boyette, Croom, Morris Bridge - on any day that is convenient to YOU, during YOUR regular ride or a specific time that YOU set aside for yourself. You bring a pair or loppers or hand trimmers in your Camelback and stop where you see the trail needs to be trimmed back. What could be easier? And you get volunteer credit for doing it too by letting the Trail Boss know what you did by e-mailing to - trails at swampclub dot org.
PLEASE remember to throw all trimmings WELL OFF THE TRAIL.
This would not involve anything like altering a trail, or changing the Technical Trail Feature (TTF). If something like that is needed to be addressed then you would simply report it's location and a description of the problem to the Trail Boss for that trail system.
This can be done by also sending an e-mail to - trails at swampclub dot org.
With this being the beginning of the growing season there is a lot of vegetation and vines encroaching on the trails. Switchbacks, turns, and hidden roots are all important areas to trim - as are those face slappers and low branches heavy with new growth. Also, take this opportunity to identify what Poison Ivy looks like.
Saturday we had 26 volunteers spend four hours of their time spread out upon the Boyette trails to trim back the overgrowth. That was a BIG workday, but you know what? We weren't able to get to every trail. So you can see how important the Adopt A Trail program will be. This is even something you can do as a family too - as a positive thing to do together by giving back to the trails that you enjoy so much.
We hope this becomes part of the normal operation of SWAMP Club Members being involved with your club.
Thank you to all.