As many United States residents know the government has been putting more strain on federal budgets. Federal employees are dealing with budget cuts these days and that impacts the way they can manage our public lands. What this means for users of the wilderness is less funding for potential opportunities of maintaining and/or restoring trails this summer. However, here is where you and I can make a difference.
While out on the trail, consider doing the following to help keep our trails maintained.
- Pick up trash. Yes, you will still find aluminum cans, candy wrapers, and other signs that humans have been there.
- If you can safely move a fallen tree or limb, just put it off to the side of the trail where possible. This will prevent users from creating reroutes or “going around” the object. It may not seem like a big deal at first, but this can add mileage over time to the final destination. More importantly it is considered resource damage to an area where human activity is supposed to be minimized.
- If you lose the trail, which is common on less traveled or rocky areas, stacking rocks or creating Cairns can help guide users. I cannot thank those enough who have gone before me to take the time to stack rocks for me to follow. Thank you!
Some of you may already do this and that is great. Others may never have thought of this and I encourage you to do so. If you have any other ideas, please feel free to share them in the comments or on our Facebook page.