Trail clean-up, maintenance, and resource protection is as important as business itself. The National Forest trail we operate on is a very popular area for every backwoods activity you can imagine. Because of that, we gather lots of trash, bullet shells, dowse campfires, clear down trees, keep people on designated trails, and maintain fences and signs. Yes, it’s a responsibility, but it’s also a privilege to educate, serve and help protect our public forest for generations to come. For more information on how you can get involved, check out www.treadlightly.org
I wish we had the space to post the hundreds of clean up pictures we have collected this summer. However, here is a list of what we’ve done thus far:
2016 — 164 bags of trash, blocked or repaired 19 undesignated trails, repaired private property sign, replaced 9 trail markers, repaired kiosk at main trail head, helped install new fence with the Forest Service, dowsed out 5 camp fires left burning, decommissioned 54 campfire rings during the fire ban, hauled out 2 car tires, 2 empty gas cans, 1 military trunk, the hood of a car, an 8×8 shed, 55 gallon drum, 210 pounds of bullet shells, car fender, tube TV, and a washing machine.
2017 — It was a much cleaner year. I think when the trail stays clean, people tend to pick up after themselves more often. Roughly 125 bags of trash, blocked 8 undesignated trails (including old historic illegal trail), replaced 6 markers and added 4 no motor vehicle markers, dowsed out 1 campfire left burning, did a major cleanup effort in the spring (thanks for everyone’s help), cleaned major trash in water way, we didn’t weigh shells this time, but I would guess it around 100 LBS. Hauled out 2 computers, 3 flat screen TVs, 1 printer, dozens of wooden shooting stands, 1 car tire, 1 abandon camp site, see pics from April 2017 (we got alot of stuff). The strangest thing of the year award goes to the people who brought Barbie Dolls and some old Cabbage Patch dolls up as targets (oh the carnage) LOL.
2018 — To start the year off, in the spring we have a major clean up weekend scheduled. The snow in the winter covers trash and bullet shells left in the forest. Once we get a thaw, we’ll start the cleanup effort. In June we will be adding trail markers all along trail 202. We will also be blocking off some major off trail activity at the top of 202. I believe there will be some fence work throughout the summer months, and as always, we’ll stay on top of campfire rings, shells, trash, and off trail activity throughout the year.