As part of my service requirement for the Wasatch Front 100, September 6, I had to do 8 hours of trail maintenance.
What? I kind of figured that you know, we ran or biked on the trail enough, and it just got like matted down. No problem.
Turns out that was, er, a, poppycock. I had been misinformed. Here's a big thanks to two organizations that absolutely crank on the trail work:
The SWAMP Club. These guys are tree-mend-us! Lemme tell you on a rainy Saturday at Boyette, 23 people showed up to do 4 hours work (a couple of us stayed for 8 hours.) The Swampers weren't messing around either. They brought in tree trimmers, movers, clippers, and many times they even bring in wood to make bridges. They worked and worked and worked. But hey, I remember a few years ago when the FU runners had a work day at Croom, we worked hard. Yeah, Swampers do maintenance every weekend! They work at Croom, Morris Bridge, Alafia, and Boyette, to name a few.
Check out their schedule and social stuff here: http://www.swampclub.org/
Also, thanks to the Florida Trail Association. These guys do most of our maintenance at Croom. I tried to hook up with them, but while they are great people, they aren't crazy. Seems they perfer to do their work when it's cooler and the threat of lightning isn't omnipresent.
At any rate, next time you find yourself on a trail chances are some wonderful volunteer cleared that sucker for you and kept you from getting lost.
You Give to the world, you give to yourself....... Turns out these gnomes were NO help!..................