Volunteer to Help
volunteer trail crew
We always need help with the trails. There is light work, heavy work, rock work, lopping, pruning, digging, and raking–a good workout for any level and an opportunity to work with a great bunch of men and women from the Glade. The volunteers get together every Saturday morning to work on one of the trails in the Glade. Trail work sessions always start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 11:00 a.m.
Sign up using the “Join the Team” button below to receive the weekly email detailing the planned work and meet location for the selected trail. This email is for informational purposes only and does NOT obligate you to work on that day.
We will provide all of the tools.
Each of Fairfield Glade’s wooded trails has a volunteer “Trail Adopter” assigned to it. The adopter’s main responsibility is to hike the trail at least once every month and report any maintenance issues, such as:
- Downed trees blocking the trail
- Overgrown vegetation on or alongside the trail
- Heavy layer of fallen leaves
- Low hanging branches
- Loose stepping stones
- Tripping hazards
- Wasp/bees nests
- Water issues
- Missing/damaged trail blazes or signs
Trail Adopters are not required to do any maintenance work, but many choose to do some work. Typically, they use clippers/loppers in the spring to trim branches sticking out onto the trail, and blow leaves from their trails a couple of times a year (spring & fall). Our trail crew takes care of the other maintenance issues. Trail Adopters are always welcome to use the gas powered string trimmers and backpack leaf blowers that the Trail Crew uses. We have a separate chainsaw crew that clears away all the downed trees, but extra help is always appreciated.
Trail Adopters report all their inspection hikes and any maintenance issues to our “Trail Maintenance” website at: www.gladetrails.com/maintenance.
Hikers also use this website to report any trail maintenance issues, or even to report that the trail is in good condition. Trail Adopters receive an immediate email notification of any reports submitted by hikers to their assigned trail. Remediated issues are also reported to this website, so hikers know the trail is “all clear” again.
Tom Buckley oversees this program. Please contact him to learn more about this volunteer opportunity at: GladeTrailMaintenance@gmail.com