Huge thanks to the 5 volunteers who showed up to help repair the West River Trail.
Below is Jason Cooper’s report from the Trail Work Day.
We got an incredible amount done today!
Repaired erosion on the steeps of the I-91 bridge bypass.
Trimmed back brush and grass on the bypass.
Cleaned out and repaired many culverts from I-91 (mile 2) to just before mile 3.8.
Removed many downed trees.
Filled many holes in the trail.
The biggest surprise was the incredible washout on the Fox Farm Road access. It is as bad as it was after Hurricane Irene. This will take some structural redesign. There is also still some work to do between mile 3.8 and the foot bridge at mile 4.1, and a ditch at mile 2.8. Beyond the foot bridge there are several erosion cuts in the trail bed that will need fill trucked in.
Photos are on the Fox Farm Road trail access. Photos by Jason Cooper. The trail really needs your help! If you use the trail regularly, please consider lending a hand on the next workday or making a contribution to help maintain the trail. Email us at email@example.com with any questions.
If you like and use the trail, we need your help!
Please come help repair the damage from last Monday’s storm. If you have a shovel or iron rake, please bring it along. Meet at the Fox Farm Rd Trail Access and stay as long as you like. Hope to see you there!
Heavy rains last Monday exposed a culvert, and caused other damage to the lower section of the West River Trail. Please come to our trail work day this Sunday, June 25, from 1-5 PM to help maintain our community trail. Meet up at the Fox Farm Rd trail access. Wear your boots and work gloves, bring bug spray and water. We’ll have tools! The trail really needs your help! Thank you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for info or questions.
Save the date!
Do you love the West River Trail?
Please come help out at our Volunteer Trail Work Day scheduled for Sunday, June 25, from 1-5 PM. Meet us at 1 at the Fox Farm Rd Trail Head and stay as long as you like.
Bring work gloves, water, insect repellent, loppers. We’ll have shovels and other tools. We’ll be working on improving drainage in some wet areas and trail clearing where needed. Email email@example.com for more information and to let us know you’re coming. Thank you!
Please join us this Saturday, July 23, 9 AM for a trail workday!
We will be installing 2 culverts and cleaning some drainage ditches to improve drainage in heavy rains and do more work on removal and control of invasive plants.
The trail is in very good condition this year. Our work will help keep the trail dry and easy to use. Come help out for a couple of hours this Saturday morning! We will have fun and hope to have some refreshments.
Important: This trip will be meeting at 9:00am. We will be meeting at the Fox Farm Rd access.
Directions: Fox Farm Rd is near the intersection of Black Mountain Rd and Rice Farm Rd. Fox Farm Rd is a right off of Black Mtn Rd from the Rice Farm Rd direction. It is a left turn off Black Mtn Rd from the World Learning direction. Once on Fox Farm Rd, the trail head is a short distance down the road on the right. Look for a group of volunteers congregating.
Bring: footwear for working in wet ground, gloves, a water bottle & bug spray. We have plenty of tools. If you prefer to bring your own, we suggest: iron rake, hoe, or shovel. Please label your tools clearly.
We look forward to working with you to improve the trail! Thanks!
For more information, contact: Jason Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two West River Trail Work Days scheduled:
Thursday, June 9, 4 PM
Remove/control Japanese Knotweed on the cobblestone shoreline of the Riverstone Preserve. Meet at the Marina Trailhead. Bring water, work gloves, snack, bug dope, wear work boots. We have tools, but bring your own if you prefer–shovel and loppers. Help keep the Riverstone Preserve beautiful and able to support its native plants! Contact email@example.com for more information on the June 9 workday.
Saturday, July 23, 9 AM
Meet at the Fox Farm Rd access. We will replace a culvert, work on drainage issues and do more work on removal and control of invasive plants. More information to come. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the July 23 workday.
Many hands make light work! Please join us!
Thank you for considering coming out to help maintain the beautiful West River Trail!
Alex Wilson checking that the trail sign is level with tools on hand.
Peter Yost and Malcolm Moore admiring the new trailhead sign.
The West River Trail Workday on May 21st was very successful in clearing and improving drainage in several areas between miles 1.5 ( at the Marina parking lot) and mile 3.5 as well as installing new signs at the Riverstone Preserve and the Fox Farm Trailhead. The day was enjoyed by both trail workers and walkers, many of whom stopped by to express appreciation for the Trail. Photos and report by Jason Cooper. Contact Jason at email@example.com with any questions.