Monday, April 26, 2010

Trail Ambassador Report - Nassahegon/Burlington

Date of Activity: Report covers April 12 through the 25th
Conditions: Very much improved during this period due to dry spell. Most trails have been excellent with only a few leftover mud spots. Horse damage noted in previous report has been repaired. Many trails now cleaned and cut back. Massive TM work has been done in anticipation of heavy trail use and the results are impressive.

Trail Ambassador Name: M. Leggitt
Town: Burlington
Trails: Have now spent time assessing most areas that are typically ridden
How Used: Mountain Biking, hiking
Duration: Eight hours riding, 12 hours TM

Observations: Met with two local equestrians who equip their animals with Muck Boots (!) to lessen the hoof impact. The Good Friday horse riders have not been back but recent motorbike activity on many trails has caused damages that will require repair. The New Britain Water Commission has returned to warn bikers that much of what is ridden is on their private property and is therefore trespassing. Some small tree clearing activity took place on one of the most popular trails but its impact has been minimal. Trail builders have been very busy with one new trail already opened, two old trails brought back to life, two more new trails set to debut next month and one new one that is moving along very slowly.
Having recently attended CTNEMBA Trail Building school, I now have a new appreciation for trails that are properly constructed and some knowledge of why other trails are constantly in need of repair. I thank Paula Burton, Ryan and Dave for an outstanding class and hope that others have the opportunity to attend at some point.

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