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  • NRPR partners with non-profit on trail rebuilding effort

    Jan 05, 2017 | Read More News
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    Staff with Pima County’s Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department are working with two dozen women this weekend to build a new multi-use trail in Tucson Mountain Park.
    Rebuilding trails
    The Women’s Build Day is a collaboration with the Bell Joy Ride women's ride series, and is an opportunity to get more women involved in trail building and stewardship of public lands, said Evan Pilling, executive director of Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists, a volunteer group that has worked with NRPR to train volunteers to help build or rebuild trails.
     
    The effort this Sunday, Jan. 8, begins at 8 a.m. at the Richard Genser Starr Pass Trailhead. It takes about $25,000 to build a mile of trail, according to NRPR staff members Mark Flint and Steve Anderson, but NRPR does it at virtually no cost, thanks to SDMB.  

    Many of the social or “wildcat” trails in Tucson Mountain Park go through areas with damaged resources. Some of the unsustainable wildcat trails were trails left by ranchers and miners that people have been using for more than 60 years.  

    The NRPR team is working to reroute or rebuild trails to avoid eroded areas and cultural sites that haven’t been surveyed as well as to improve the aesthetics of the trail experience for all trail users. NRPR’s Flint designed the section of the Arizona Trail that runs through Pima County from the Santa Ritas north to Saguaro National Park. The crew of volunteers put in 100,000 volunteer hours and 30 miles of trail over seven years.

    Volunteers can find information about build days, social rides, and other events at the SDMB website. SDMB and NRPR provide all of the needed tools, along with lunch and post-work refreshments.  Volunteers need to bring work gloves, water/snacks, long pants, and closed-toe shoes.  No trail building experience is needed to participate.  Volunteers should be comfortable walking a mile or more at a time, and engaging in moderate physical activity in a desert environment.  Volunteer events are capped at between 25 and 45 volunteers, depending on availability of crew leaders; please register through the appropriate link to reserve your space.

    Dates of upcoming SDMB work events in January and February are:
    Business sponsorship of build days are available and appreciated. Please contact trailsteward@sdmb.org for more information. All donations are tax-deductible.


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