|5.||VOLUNTEER TRAIL WORK|
|ISSUE||Federal trail maintenance
budgets have been slashed over recent years. Because of
underfunding, the condition of many trails has deteriorated.
According to the American Hiker (Winter 1990), "The GAO estimates that
59,000 miles of national forest trails -- more than half -- are in need
of work... Fully 5,000 miles of trails were classified as
'unusable' because of poor maintenance."
|Local citizens need to
schedule frequent work trips to help with the task of keeping our
trails safe, accessible and enjoyable.
||Many of our member clubs
have scheduled trail work parties. Local Forest Service personnel
have been very cooperative about furnishing tools, hard hats, and
supervision. We need to schedule more work parties each season.
|WHAT TO DO
||The Federation of
Outdoor Clubs encourages all member clubs to help public agencies with
trail work in their general area, and to maintain contact with Forest
Service or county park officials for location, direction, and working
implements, scheduling dates, etc.
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