Annadel Trail Project partner receives award
Lot sof hands make for quicker work on Annadel trails.
To help care for the trails that they love to use, students from a coalition of six Sonoma County high schools, the Santa Rosa Junior College, and the Empire Runners Club have teamed up with the Sonoma County Trails Council (SCTC) to provide overdue trail maintenance in Trione-Annadel State Park. Forming the Annadel Trail Project, the volunteer workers are led by the SCTC who operate under the guidance of local California State Park staff.
The students meet every second Sunday in the park to clear ditches, remove rocks that create tripping hazards, and fill dangerous ruts. These volunteers, concerned about the demise of the trails and tired of being injured during training runs, have repaired approximately 3,000 feet of trails in the park since last June.
Due to state budget cuts, the Park has had limited ability to maintain the trails, so volunteer organizations like the SCTC have been doing nearly all the trail maintenance. “Volunteers are the glue for the Park,” said Fogarty.
For the work done through this partnership, the SCTC received a Merit Award for Kids and Trails at the annual California Trails and Greenways Conference on April 20.
“I’m excited by this new group of trail users stepping up to help improve the trails. With their youthful energy and hard work, they are setting an example for their peers and doing something really significant to protect the park we all love,” said Ken Wells, executive director of the SCTC.
Maria Carrillo High School track and field coach Greg Fogg said the project is an opportunity for the runners to “give back” to the park they value and use quite a bit for training, and give the kids “a heightened sense of accountability and positive contribution to the environment.”