Weekly Trail Crew Work Report: June 18, 2018

Another big week clearing corridor at the Southern Valley Recreation Project along with some Mill Creek drainage work and a finished wooden berm at 5th St. Park in Driggs.

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  • 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!
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Trail Crew Work Report: June 11 – June 17, 2018

This past week, the crew focused their attention again to Southern Valley. In preparation for two weeks of significant trail machine work, the crew has been working overtime to clear corridor with chainsaws, loppers and lots of hands. Although this machine has dictated the crew schedule the past two weeks, the crew will be moving to other zones very soon. In the north end of Teton Valley, they’ll be focusing their time on major maintenance projects on the Mill Creek Trail and the South Fork of Horseshoe. Down in the south, they’ll work to clear remaining blowdown in Mikesell Canyon and on the Mail Cabin Trails.

  • This past Monday, the crew prepped for and hosted another big Maintenance Monday volunteer work day on the Grumpy Trail. Chris, Ron, and Alec checked and cleared trail corridor on a second Grumpy’s reroute and pinned flagged it for volunteers. That afternoon they hosted 15 volunteers who built new trail tread and cleaned up the old track.
  • On Tuesday, the crew ran chainsaws and swamped for each other, clearing new trail corridor for the Teton Springs Connector Trail. They moved over to the new Pole Canyon Connector Trail to do the same, in preparation of the 48″ trail dozer which would finish the work later in the week.
  • On Tuesday, local Eagle Scout Liston Saulters finished up construction on his amazing wooden berm project at 5th St. Park in Driggs, alongside his dad Todd and local legend Jim Sadaukas! They’re buttoning things up this week (cleaning the site and dialing in the transitions). PLEASE USE CAUTION as the berm is located in an active worksite.
  • Wednesday, alongside Scott Bossell of the Teton Basin Ranger District and his USFS crew and Nick Beatty of TVTAP, Ron, Alec, and Chris continued running chainsaws making significant headway on new trail Corridor for the Teton Springs Connector Trail (1.8 miles of new corridor in total).
  • Back to Southern Valley on Thursday for more heavy chainsaw work and swamping alongside the USFS crew on the Pole Canyon Connector and the Teton Springs Connector Trails. Lots of thick timber and challenging side-slopes in the zone have made this quite a labor-intensive project for the crew. They’re celebrating having made significant headway in preparation for the dozer’s arrival.
  • Friday, Ron Murray assisted Joe McFarlane of the Teton Basin Ranger District in running the trail dozer on the Pole Canyon Connector Trail – backfilling tread and running support via diligent handwork.
  • Also on Friday, Tony Ferlisi got out of the MBT office and managed to clean approximately 20 drains on the lower Mill Creek Trail, just in time for the rain. The MBT trail crew will travel back out to Mill Creek later this week to walk the entire corridor, cleaning water bars and drains before heavy summer use.
  • Finally, this past Sunday, Alec and Chris pin flagged the final section of the Grumpy Trail Re-route for our last Maintenance Monday until September. They had just enough chainsaw gas to clear a recent blowdown on the Nemo trail on their way back to the parking lot. Thanks guys!

Southern Valley Trails Project

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