Trail Steward training was a success today! Thanks to all who were able to attend for donating a Saturday to our trail network and thanks to Jeff T at the Minturn USFS offices. We were able to cover trail network history, talk about big picture plans, tool and trail safety, trail design basics, and quite a bit more.
This training was important because a form of Trail Steward training is required by the USFS to allow general public to maintain the USFS transportation network. The training gave the USFS confidence Trail Stewards will properly maintain trails in compliance with USFS standards. The standards are well defined and simple to follow with a little training. Below is a brief description of what Trail Steward do.
- Pickup trash along trail (most is at the trail head)
- Clean out water drainage systems
- Trim corridor of branches (generally 6' wide)
- Report trail condition and work completed at VVMBA.org
What stewards don't do:
- Heavy lifting
- Remove downed trees over 5" (calf size of non cyclist)
- Trail reroutes
- Anything that isn't safe or takes a lot of time
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