Are you self-directed and willing to work alone on trails, according to your own schedule? The Connecticut Forest and Park Association(CFPA) is in need of a Trail Manager for the southern section of the Paugussett Trail, which starts at Indian Well Road near the falls, runs south through Shelton Lakes, and ends at Buddington Road.
Although the Trails Committee hosts work parties for this section when large areas are overgrown, and also mows certain portions that are under the powerlines or go through meadows, the section still needs an official CFPA Trail Manager to proactively check the trail, handle day-to-day maintenance issues, and let the Trails Committee know when there is a maintenance issue too large for the Trail Manager to handle. For example, after the last storm, the Trail Manager would have walked the trail, removed sticks and as much of any blowdowns they were capable of, and report an blowdowns that needed assistance from the Trails Committee (if the Trail Manager can use a chainsaw, that’s a bonus).
During the growing season, the Trail Manager would be responsible for walking the trail and clearing overgrown areas (some types of vegetation can grow 4-6 feet between May and July, especially in sunny, wet areas), paying special attention to blazing and turns so that thru hikers can find the trail.
CFPA Trail Managers go through an introductory class at the CFPA headquarters in Middletown and are expected to keep track of their hours. CFPA hosts an annual appreciation dinner each November for the volunteers.
Being a Trail Manager can be time consuming, but rewarding. The trail becomes “yours” in a manner of speaking, and you join the group of dedicated CFPA volunteers who maintain over 800 miles of primary state trails across Connecticut.
If you or anyone you know is interested, contact Teresa Gallagher, Natural Resources Manager, at email@example.com.