What is trail maintenance?
Mother nature and trail users of all kinds (including riders, runners, hikers and more) can have a significant impact on our local trails. Maintenance involves brushing back overgrowth, addressing safety concerns and sometimes re-routing sections of trail that are heavily damaged or experience water management issues. As the trail management organization for the Cumberland network, UROC tackles maintenance in a few ways:
- UROC Trail Manager and Crew: this group of UROC staff address identified maintenance priorities and safety concerns on a regular basis. They consider direction from the UROC Board of Directors, input from the Trail Maintenance Committee as well as any reported safety concerns or trail experience issues from the public.
- Trail Maintenance Committee: this is a group of community members that provides input to the UROC Board of Directors and Trail Manager about trail maintenance priorities.
- Public Trail Maintenance Days: these maintenance days are open to all members of UROC and are a great way for volunteers to learn about how to maintain trails, provide support on larger scale projects and have fun!
UROC organizes approximately 6 public Trail Maintenance Days per year to encourage our membership to come out and donate some time, to spruce up, repair, or even re-route sections of the network. This helps to maintain and improve the trail experience, as well as increase the sustainability of the trails.
When is trail maintenance scheduled?
Beginning in the spring (usually April), Trail Maintenance Days happen approximately once per month until November. We usually take a break during July and August, when the weather and dry conditions limit how much work we’re able to complete out there.
Where do we meet?
Check out our event calendar or Facebook page for upcoming trail maintenance events, meeting locations and times. We usually meet at the specific trail we will be maintaining, but sometimes arrange for a group meet-up at a trail network entrance for those who would like a guide!
What should I bring?
Dress appropriately for work outdoors, including work gloves and sturdy footwear. Bring water and a snack. UROC has a selection of basic hand tools (shovels, mattocks, rakes). You can bring your own tools if you have a favorite!
Does UROC provide lunch?
Not at the moment.
Do I have to be a UROC member?
Yes. Your membership includes coverage under our liability insurance policy and also helps us continue to improve the trail network!
Can I bring my bike?
Yes. You may want to ride into the work site. What better way to make sure a section of trail rides well than to bring your bike to test after!
What if I need more information?
Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org