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Offline Garry

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Adopt A Trail
« on: December 17, 2008, 10:34:29 PM »
Thank you for helping  with our Adopt-A-Trail program.
   With S.W.A.M.P. having over 125 miles of trails to maintain in our four unique trail systems it is a huge help when volunteers, such as yourselves, step forward to keep the corridors of the single track cleaned up.
   For those who are yet to climb on board with it here’s how it works. Many times we hear folks say they would like to help with the trail maintenance, but just can’t get away for the Saturday workdays.  Well, the beauty of this is that you don’t have to. 
   Our scheduled workdays are great opportunities for us to do trail repair, reroutes, and build new single track to enjoy.  But often times we find ourselves spending the entire workday trimming back overgrowth, or cleaning up blow down from storms.  It would be great if a bunch of folks could take it upon themselves to pick a day and time that works best for them, bring some loppers or hand trimmers, and ride their bikes on the trails - stopping and trimming where ever it needs it. Please remember to toss all trimmings well off the trail.
   It doesn’t matter which of the four trail systems you want to “adopt”, just call or e-mail the Trail Boss of the particular trail system that you want to clean up to let him know what you will be doing.  That way you get volunteer hours too;  he will also give you guidelines on what he expects as far as not removing any TTF’s (Technical Trail Features), or doing any reroutes or modifications to the trail.  This Adopt-A-Trail program would only be for trimming back vines and branches that act as eye gougers, or trimming back palmetto branches that hide wheel stopping roots.
   Once you’re done just let the Trail Boss know what trails you trimmed; also if you saw anything that may need attention on the workday, and what your hours were.
   This is even something you can do as a family out for an easy ride.  Trim a little, ride a little; and enjoy the great outdoors while giving something back to the sport we all love.
   We hope this becomes part of the normal operation of SWAMP Club Members being involved with their club.
   We also put out announcements now and then for extra workdays during the week or multiple workdays on Saturdays, so watch for those.