KTA's first Trail Care 101 Workshop was held April 22, 2017 at Whipple Dam State Park. Ed Lawrence, KTA Trail Care Chair, taught the group the basics of trail care, emphasizing that safety always comes first. He discussed the importance of getting permission from land managers, wearing the proper clothing, and using safety equipment, especially when operating power tools. Ed explained key terms and tools while describing how to maintain established trails, water crossings, as well as creating re-routes and new trails.
After lunch, participants hiked around Whipple Dam State Park on a trail that KTA Trail Care had recently maintained. Ed pointed out the work that volunteers had done to make this trail more sustainable. Participants were able to ask questions and experience first-hand the impact that volunteer trail maintainers can have.
A huge thank you to Ed for leading this event and his dedication to trail work. Congratulations to all of the new trail maintainers!