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Trail Dig Day FAQ

Ever thought about volunteering?

We have the answers to your questions. 

By participating in trail dig days, you feel a sense of ownership and pride in your local trail system. Taking care of the trails encourages promoting their use to others in the community. A rewarding way to give back to others that built the trails we ride today.


What are trail building days?

  1. Trail building days are organized events where volunteers come together to help build or maintain trails for outdoor recreation activities like hiking, biking, or horseback riding. The goal is to create and maintain safe, enjoyable, and sustainable trails for people to use.


Who can participate in trail building days?

  1. Anyone can participate in trail building days, although some events may have age restrictions or require certain physical abilities. It's important to check with the event organizer beforehand to find out if there are any specific requirements or limitations.


What should I wear for trail building days?

  1. Participants should wear comfortable clothing that they don't mind getting dirty, as well as sturdy, closed-toe shoes or boots. Depending on the weather and location, it may be necessary to bring additional layers or rain gear.


What should I bring to trail building days?

  1. It's important to bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen to stay hydrated and protected from the sun. Tools and safety equipment will be provided by the event organizer, but it's always a good idea to check beforehand to see if there are any specific items that volunteers should bring.


What tasks will I be doing during trail building days?

  1. Tasks can vary depending on the specific event and the needs of the trail. Volunteers may be involved in tasks such as clearing brush, digging and grading the trail, building or repairing bridges, and installing erosion control features.


Do I need experience to participate in trail building days?

  1. No prior experience is necessary to participate in trail building days. Event organizers will provide training and guidance on the tasks that need to be completed, as well as the tools and safety equipment that will be used.


What is the duration of trail building days?

  1. The duration of trail building days can vary depending on the event, but it's common for events to last a few hours or a full day. Some events may take place over multiple days, especially if it's a larger project.


What are the benefits of participating in trail building days?

  1. Participating in trail building days is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature while making a positive impact on the environment. It's also an opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people who share a love of the outdoors. Additionally, volunteering for trail building days can be a great addition to a resume or college application.




Being prepared: Depending on the work being done, not all of the following are necessary-


Know what kind of project or work is happening, and understand any relevant land manager standards/practices/rules.


Wear (and use) appropriate clothing and PPE

●  Good work/hiking boots (> ankle height, no holes for dirt to get in, aggressive tread) ●  Long pants and sleeves, rainwear if needed

  • ●  Hardhat/helmet

  • ●  Gloves

  • ●  Eye protection
    ●  Ear protection (if power tools in use)
    ●  N95 mask (dust and valley fever)

What’s in your pack

  • ●  First aid kit

  • ●  Pen and notebook, sharpies and ribbon flagging

  • ●  Tape measure

  • ●  Clinometer

  • ●  File

  • ●  Extra PPE (gloves, eye, ear

  • ●  Pruners

●  Hand saw
●  Contractors trash bag (trash, poncho, keeps dirt
    from sticking to tools when tamping, tarp for sitting on wet ground)

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