The conference held May 18 – 20 at Galena Park was a huge success. It was a great opportunity to learn more about all aspects of trail building from planning and advocacy to layout and construction. Attendees were split into 3 groups based on experience: beginner, advanced, and crew leader. All groups got a healthy dose of both classroom lectures and hands on field work.
On Sunday the crew leaders tested their skills by leading the beginner class, building a new section of the Brown’s Creek Trail for Washoe County. The work session was successful with almost 2000′ of new trail being constructed in about a 1/2 day. The Poedunks will be returning June 9 to help The Tahoe Rim Trail and Truckee Meadows Trail Association to complete this project. More info will be posted here soon.
Members of the advanced trailbuilding class led by Tahoe Rim Trail Crew Leaders built the start of this impressive rock staircase down to Marylin’s Pond using native stone. Weighing up to 2,000 lbs, these boulders were moved by humans with rock bars and were set without mortar. There is no doubt that this section of trail is now considered sustainable and may last hundreds of years.
The conference was also a great opportunity to meet land managers and volunteer leaders from Nevada and California. Feedback from the land managers emphasized the growing demand for trails and recreational resources while budgets are dwindling to almost nothing. Partnerships with local advocacy groups such as the Poedunks are more important than ever.
I also picked up this scary tid bit from the Forest Service the 4 greatest perceived threats to public lands
- Urban Encroachment
- Wild-land Fire
- Noxious Weeds
- Unauthorized Recreational Trails (i.e. bootleg trails)
The solution is simple…look in the mirror.
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