September 28 ~ USFS to host Trail Maintenance Workshop

The Forest Service will host a trail maintenance workshop Thursday, September 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center in Monongahela National Forest.

Workshop participants will learn techniques for working on trails that are often wet, or near streams and creeks. Participants will leave the training with the knowledge and skills they need to build and maintain multiple use trails, whether as volunteers or service providers. The workshop is free of charge.

“A combination of efforts by Forest Service staff, partners, and private contractors will be required to restore trails damaged by the June 2016 flood so they are safe and enjoyable for visitors,” said Matt Edwards, South Zone Recreation Manager. “This workshop is an opportunity to learn about the type of work that is required on trail restoration projects.”

The workshop will include a classroom introduction to soils and hydrology, and how they relate to trail management. The bulk of the day will be spent on the nearby Cowpasture Trail, using the techniques learned in the classroom session.

Pre-registration is required to ensure enough tools and supplies are available for the workshop.

Contact Matthew Edwards at 304-799-4334 or by September 25 to register for this opportunity.

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