Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monongahela National Forest Trails Survey

The National Forest Service recently put together a survey for users to give feedback on trails in the Mon National Forest. The survey will be used to help identify maintenance priorities. The forest has over 860 miles of trails and only a small group of employees and volunteers maintaining them. At times, we at TMI have done much of the grunt labor on these trails - trimming branches, rolling 300 lb rocks to create staircases and reduce erosion, or digging through rocky soil to plant signposts. These trails, especially those in the Seneca Creek Backcountry, are vital to The Mountain Institute's school courses. They are the pathways that we use to introduce students to the natural world of the Appalachians. Beyond that, they are the primary access routes into what is one of the most isolated, undeveloped, diverse, and unique areas in the eastern United States.

Those of you who spend time with these trails, here's your chance to give the Forest Service some feedback at http://montrailssurvey.blogspot.com/.