The sudden winter storm we experienced last week that dropped 6 to 8 inches of snow was more than a lot of trees along the trails in the Ridgeline system could handle. The downed trees nearly made the Ridgeline between Willamette & 52nd impassible. We met Christer LaBrecque & Josh Schrader of Eugene Parks and Open Space to begin to clear and fix the trails. We took handsaws to cut back branches & small trees and metal leafs rakes, steel rakes, & Terra hoes to remove muck, moss, bark, twigs, and other debris from the trail as well as clear drains. We broke into 2 groups at the Willamette & 52nd trailhead. Janet, Ed, and Clara went with Josh to clear as much as they could of the Ridgeline towards Blanton Heights. They encountered a lot of work including 2 maple trees that fell intertwined. The rest of the grouped hiked up the Ridgeline to the Tie Trail. At which we divided into 2 more groups. Lana, Jyoti, Michael, Todd, & Mark went with Christer to begin clearing the Tie and Summit Trails. A tree fell on the Tie Trail really close to theRidgeline that was too big for Christer to cut with his saw. Larry, Pat, Nola, & Dan went with Matt to the Fox Hollow trailhead and worked their way back towards the Tie Trail. We got all got a lot done but there is definitely still more to do.Members: Bell, Matthew, Emlen, Clara, Larsen, Todd, Jacobsen, Janet, Nelson, Nola, Lizewski, Ed, Naik, Jyoti, Huff, Larry, Mac Afee, Patricia, Lindstrom, Lana. Nonmembers: Quigley, Michael, Gilmore, Dan, Moran, Mark, Kolstoe, Sonja.
Storm damage work begins. Matt Bell and Josh (Open space staff) give directions. The first of five TM sessions to muck the trails.—photo by Janet Jacobsen
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