Trails For All has has given and received so much in 2019:
- Taurin and Tom Dimler created S.E.E.K., training local youth in outdoor skills and the care of our forests.
- Trail summaries were crafted for 9 oft-used trails, as the first step in creating an up-to-date hiking guidebook.
- Workshops were held, certifying people to use crosscut saws, teaching people the rules of courtesy to follow on trails, training people in “leave no trace” and “the 10 essentials.”
- First steps were taken for the collection of data that will aid the Forest Service in managing this huge National Forest: the whereabouts of noxious weeds infestations, the maintaining of solitude, the repair of deteriorating signs and kiosks, and the damage to trails by erosion, to name a few.
- Our trail crews this summer improved 12 trails. They donated 591 volunteer hours, clearing deadfalls and daylighting on 44 miles of trails.
- There were 26 volunteers who did the work, giving 38 work days total.
- Several workers made some 16-18 drainage diversions to block erosion.
- And a number of our people participated in the restocking of native trout in Cottonwood Creek.
In all of this, the giving and sacrifice has been rewarded abundantly with life, joy, a greater humanity, love, new friendships, and peace. Our quality of life has been elevated, even as benefit has been lavished on our wilderness and the people we serve.
Beyond the 591 hours of volunteer hours spent improving area trails, volunteers also invested over 500 additional hours in all of the additional activities, meetings, material preparation and outreach efforts that helped Trails For All grow to the organization it is in the short time we have been in operation. We are here to stay because the needs our mission serves are always going to be there.
You can be a part of this, and we need you. This level of involvement and capacity can only be sustained by people like you joining us. And a first wonderful step would be a donation for this year’s Spirit Campaign.
You can contribute electronically on the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation website. This donation page is also accessible via a link from our homepage at www.trailsforall.co.