Trail Maintenance Spencer Butte

June 3, 2008

Tuesday, June 3, at 5:15, seven volunteers met with Christer and Jason, two city staff members, in the Spencer Butte upper parking lot on Willamette Street. The staff described the planned tasks and demonstrated how to use the three new motorized wheelbarrows. No explanation was needed for the shovels, pics, and pulaskis. Hands went up quickly to drive wheelbarrows and to torch an invasive plant. All of us found jobs that matched our abilities. One of the tasks involved digging out eight wooden posts, the last remnants of the wooden causeway that our group removed last year. The city received a grant to build the new stone causeway, install trailhead signs, and remove rocks that would block the wheelbarrows. The causeway is a work of art!

Here is what Christer LaBrecque, Natural Resource Maintenance of Eugene Parks and Open Space, wrote about our group.

Hello all - Just wanted to thank the Obsidians group of trail maintenance folks for their hard work yesterday evening at Spencer Butte. Seven volunteers came out to help with several projects on the main trail at Spencer Butte. Here's a list of projects:

- One of the new way finding markers was installed at the meadow at the junction of the Tie Trail and the Main Route.
- All remaining treated lumber was removed at the newly constructed stone causeway.
- Re-surfacing was done on appx 100' of trail (which had previously been inaccessible to power carriers!)

It was a good evening project and I look forward to the next one

If you would like to volunteer, contact Peter Green to get on his email list.

Participants where: Peter Green, Joanne Ledet, Janet Jacobsen, Bill Montgomery, Adam Gapinski, Steward Lewis, Ed Wilson, Christer (city staff) and Jason (city staff).

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