CAN YOU DIG IT?
Mother nature and trail users reap severe impact on trails, from creating deeply exposed roots to fallen trees and large puddles. Maintenance includes brushing back overgrowth, restoring severe erosion, addressing safety concerns, and sometimes re-routing sections of trail that are heavily damaged. The NMBC tackles maintenance in a few ways:
- Trail Committee: this group of NMBC volunteers and community members address maintenance priorities and safety concerns on a regular basis. They prioritize trail work based on safety first and foremost, followed by other consideration like erosion.
- Public Trail Days: these maintenance days are open to all members of NMBC and other community members. These are a great way to learn the basics of trail maintenance, manually give back to the network, and have fun!
NMBC organizes approximately 9 public trail days per year to encourage the community to come out and donate some time, to spruce up, repair, or even re-route sections of the network. This helps to maintain and improve the trail experience, as well as increase the sustainability of the trails.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHEN IS TRAIL MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED?
Beginning in the spring (usually April), Trail Maintenance Days happen approximately once per month until November. We usually take a break during the summer months when the heat and dry conditions limit how much workable the soil is and wildfire risk is too high.
WHERE DO WE MEET?
Meeting locations change depending on the section of trail being worked on. Check out our ride schedule or Facebook page for upcoming trail maintenance events, meeting locations and times. We usually meet at the specific trail we will be maintaining, but sometimes arrange for a group meet-up at a trail network entrance for those who would like a guide!
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Dress appropriately for the weather and working outdoors. Bring your own work gloves, sturdy footwear, water and a snack if you want one. The club will provide snacks and beverages after the build for all volunteers. The organization has a selection of basic trail tools, but feel free to bring your own too!
CAN I BRING MY BIKE?
Yes! You can ride into the work site, but we will need some people to walk into the trail with the tools.