Weekly Trail Crew Work Report: August 27, 2018

Blair Drive Kids Park, Scouting on Mahogany, Red Creek and Spooky and Finishing the Ladyslipper Re-route

Thank You!

  • GIANT thanks to our 2018 Local Business Trail Fund Supporters!
  • Thanks for the generous support of all the Individual Trail Fund Supporters who have helped get these guys off and running this season!
  • As always, the outstanding work that these guys are able to do is only possible through your support. Take 2 minutes HERE and please pledge a few bucks to keep them maintaining and building your Teton Region trails throughout the summer season.

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Trail Crew Work Report: August 19 – 25, 2018

The MBT Trail Crew was out and about this week putting in significant planning efforts toward a couple of projects to start our next phase of the 2018 season. These efforts involved tying up loose ends before breaking ground on the Blair Drive Kids Bike Park in Jackson, scouting on Mahogany, Red and Corral Creeks and mop-up maintenance on the Ladyslipper Trail. We’ve been waiting for some rain to help digging efforts and as of Sunday night, it looks like we got what we were asking for. Should be a great week of hero dirt and hero digging.

  • On Monday, Ron Murray, our Blair Drive Bike Park Project Manager, spent the morning meeting with Brian Schilling (Teton County/Jackson Hole Community Pathways) and Chris Owen (Jackson Hole Friends of Pathways) and a few others to dial in the project for ground-breaking. Our Teton County grading permit was approved this past week and we signed the final MOU with the Town of Jackson for the project. You still have an opportunity to donate toward this exciting facility and can find more info HERE.
  • Alec, Chris and Ron spent Tuesday morning completing the Ladyslipper re-route project (as part of last week’s AJ Trail Day). The new re-route is all set to go and old trail section has been rehabbed and closed. Big thanks to TVTAP, the Teton Basin Ranger District, the Linnell Family and all the amazing volunteers who came out to make this trail happen!
  • That same day, the crew made their way up the Mikesell Canyon Trail to scout for our first Maintenance Monday volunteer work of the fall season. Come on out on Monday afternoon at 5:00, Sept. 10th to the Mikesell Canyon Trailhead to dig!
  • Wednesday, the crew headed out to the Mahogany Trail to examine a failing bog bridge and potential re-routes around unsustainable sections. This trail is a gem and we’re committed to keeping it that way. Stay tuned for updates!
  • In the afternoon, the crew attended a workshop alongside Teton Valley Trails and Pathways and Teton County Search and Rescue that covered mobile mapping/GPS technology. Tracking and mapping new projects, existing trails and re-routes and potential new trails is a critical part of our planning. Our ability to share information between our organization, the USFS, city and other advocacy groups is important and having a few extra tools in the back pocket is always helpful. Thanks to Nick Beatty at TVTAP for organizing!
  • Thursday, Ron and Chris met up to walk the Red Creek Trail with ambassador Bob Benedict to examine a number of re-route options. This trail has come a long way in the last few years but our work to move it up and out of the creek bottom and mitigate for significant erosion elsewhere is still not done and we’re looking ahead. The crew was also able to saw out one blow-down along the way.
  • Friday was chainsaw maintenance day. Chris and Ron broke our saws down, cleaned and tuned them up and got them all ready to go for the fall work season! Although we’re regularly sharpening chains (and other tools), the insides of the saws need some preventative love every once in a while too, especially after a pretty busy summer…

Don’t hesitate to fill out a Trail Maintenance Request Form on our website and check out our calendar for a Maintenance Monday schedule for opportunities to get out and help!

Remember, all of this work depends on YOU. Please take two minutes and head to our DONATIONS PAGE to make your Trail Fund donation in support of these guys today!

How will my donation make an impact?

Your contribution, no matter how large or small, will go directly toward the following categories this year:

  • Three-person trail crew salary and travel over 20 + weeks in 2018
  • Purchase of new tools (pulaskis, rouge hoes, pick mattocks, etc.)
  • Maintenance of current inventory (trail tools, saws, radios, etc.)
  • Chainsaw maintenance (sharpening, service, etc.)
  • Trail machine rental/maintenance
  • Trail construction and maintenance supplies (signage, Geo Blocks, drainage, etc.)
  • GIS/Mapping work, engineering, trail crew training