The Poplar Bluff Trails Coalition will be hosting a volunteer day at the Wolf Creek Trail System near Poplar Bluff on National Trails Day on Saturday.
Anyone interested in joining them can find out more about the event’s publication on their Facebook page.
Poplar Bluff Trails Coalition (PBTC) is the newest member of a strong list of volunteer groups and non-profit organizations that work closely with the Mark Twain National Forest to ensure public access to the networks of forest trails. Even if you can’t attend this event, consider researching volunteer opportunities in the forest.
Volunteer groups are always looking for people to help with a variety of abilities, not just with the physical trail work. They may be able to use your support for administration, event planning, equipment repair / maintenance and many other behind-the-scenes activities.
There are many challenges in maintaining a high quality trail system; but trail conditions can continue to improve if people work together.
“It is the combined creativity of each individual that determines the trail maintenance solutions on National Forest Lands,” said Jonathon Breithaupt, one of the Forest Trail and Wilderness Manager.
Ozark Trail Association
These volunteers make the epic Ozark Trail system thrive. The OTA has recently led numerous trail maintenance events, including the Between the Rivers and Current of the River sections. On National Trails Day, the OTA will be hosting an event at Current River State Park. Earlier this year, the OTA teamed up with the forest to host a MEGA working day where more than 80 participants helped with deferred trail tread maintenance to correct soil erosion issues. and water drainage. Several rip-rap projects have also improved intermittent stream crossings. The OTA led the trail maintenance work on the Berryman Trail and the Ozark Trail, Middle Fork and Karkaghne sections. To learn more about OTA, visit https://ozarktrail.com.
Missouri backcountry horsemen
BCH has several chapters that work with the forest to keep the trails enjoyable for equestrian users. These include the Brownsfield Chapter, the Ridgerunner Chapter, the River Springs Chapter, and more. Call a Ranger District to find out more about the chapter they are working with and how you can connect with it. Find out more online at www.bchmo.org. Horseback riding volunteers completed trail repairs, installed campground upgrades, led large clean-up events and more. If going the cowboy or cowgirl path is more your volunteer speed, then take a look at BCH.
Mo-Moto Trail Riders
Mo-Moto’s test riders organized clean-up events, group rides, and lots of trail maintenance. They worked with the Mark Twain National Forest to organize large clean-up events and cleared trees from motorized trail systems after storms. Follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/momototrailriders/.
Poplar Bluff Trail Coalition
They work with several user groups to maintain the forest trails in the area. Follow them on https://www.facebook.com/poplarblufftrails/. PBTC has spent the spring improving trail conditions for the Wolf Creek Trail System, Eagle Bluff Trail, 172 Loop Trail and most recently the Victory Horse Trail in partnership with Backcountry Horsemen of Missouri, River Springs Chapter. These two nonprofit partners have helped disconnect the trails, clean up trail lanes, put up signs and lights, and mow the grass on the trail and at the trailhead. Both of these groups work primarily in the Poplar Bluff Ranger District.
Columbia Missouri Trail Association
This volunteer group is focused on the Cedar Creek Forest Unit and has brought much needed attention to convenient public land hiking opportunities for users in the Jefferson City and Columbia area. They are focused on ATV users, but also interact with hikers and equestrian users to accomplish trail maintenance. Follow them on www.facebook.com/comotrailassociation/.
Mark Twain Forest Friends is a group on the west side of the forest who have focused on keeping the forest clean for visitors to enjoy. Friends of the Eleven Point is another group of volunteers who strive to connect people with their region of the forest.
Many other voluntary and non-profit groups work with the forest and rely on public support to promote natural resources and conservation. These include the National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Forever, Pheasants Forever, Boy Scout Troops, Garden Clubs, Stream Teams, Conservation Federation, Missouri Naturalists, Missouri Prairie Foundation and many more. ‘other. Most trail projects could benefit greatly from the expertise and attention these groups bring to the table,
“You can even create your own group of volunteers to help maintain your preferred trail network,” said Breithaupt.
He encourages people interested in an area or activity not represented by a current group of volunteers to reach out to the forest.
He added, “Signing up with the Forest Service as a volunteer is easy and trail management training by agency staff can usually be provided with some coordination. “
If you’re interested in volunteering but can’t attend a National Trails Day event, don’t worry, there will be more opportunities. The OTA plans to spend time working on various sections of the OT on the forest between June 6 and June 30.