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Posted on: July 6, 2021

HARTFORD TOWN FOREST & HURRICANE WILDLIFE REFUGE TRAIL MAINTENANCE 2021

HARTFORD TOWN FOREST & HURRICANE WILDLIFE REFUGE TRAIL MAINTENANCE 2021

Thanks for your interest and willingness to help maintain the trails at the Hartford Town Forest and Hurricane Forest Wildlife Refuge!

The Hartford Town Forest Spring Workday was held on Saturday, June 19th.  If you were unable to participate, you can still adopt a trail to maintain at your convenience.

The maintenance activities are meant for partners or small family groups and work can be performed anytime from July 1-September 30.  

Adopt- a- Trail Work details: 

  • Sign up 
  • Brushing: use loppers, clipper or small hand saws to clear vegetation back from the trail so that all growth is 2 feet back from the tread on either side (4 feet wide) and 8 feet high. 
  • Waterbar clearing (dips in the tread that encourage water to run off the tread, not down it): use a hoe, rake or pickaxe to clear all leaves, loose soil, and debris out of the depression to allow all water to run freely off of the trail. Clear the entire width of the tread as well as at least 4 feet beyond the tread on the downhill side of the tread so that water does not pool in or around the waterbar.
  • Remove loose sticks and rocks from the tread.
  • Note any additional maintenance needs like fallen trees, broken bridges, blazes that need paint, or signs that need to be repaired/replaced.
    1. Please enter these notes in the spreadsheet where you sign up for your route/trail section(s).  
  • Safety: The safety of all volunteers is paramount. Protect yourself from ticks and check yourself when you get home.

Sign up to Adopt a Trail Section here. You are welcome to sign up for multiple sections!

For any questions and additional information please email or call the Hartford Town Planner Matt Osborn, mosborn@hartford-vt.org or 802 478-1118.

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