Eric Eagan October 08, 2013 TWEET COMMENTS 5

Building a Trail Town from Scratch - Page 5

Utilizing Volunteers

Both the CTA and the Victor Hiking Trails are built and maintained almost all by volunteers. The CTA has recruited a group of 12 volunteers who meet every Wednesday from April through November to work on trails. Working on reports from those who use the trail, these groups tend to specific needs each week. The CTA equipment includes walk-behind trail mowers, string trimmers, chainsaws and hand tools, all purchased by the CTA using dues and donations. Local towns can help by adding resources when they can.

Your volunteers do not need any trail experience to help build a trail but they should be paired with experienced trail builders and be willing to learn something new while working hard. Volunteers should plan to bring whatever tools are needed for that days work plan. That can include shovels, rakes, clippers, and, if permitted, power tools.

In the end, building a trail is about community. You don't need to reinvent the wheel here; the trails you see did not build themselves. A quick Google search will put you in contact with trail lovers with a wealth of knowledge and experience to help you get started building your own trails.


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