June 07, 2023

Wasatch Stewardship Project - National Trail Day

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The Cottonwood Canyons Foundation and the Salt Lake Ranger District planned a collaboration with Save Our Canyons and other various groups of enthusiastic volunteers for National Trail Day. There was a lot of excitement as nature lovers united for a day of stewardship. 

It started with a gathering of like-minded individuals. The crowd was impressive, totaling sixty people. Following an introduction and a quick signing of waivers, the groups split into two teams, One conducting a weed pull for the invasive Money Plant, and the other working on digging a new segment of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.

The Standard for trail construction by the Forest Service is a pathway about three feet wide, with a forty-five-degree slope on the uphill side, ensuring a level surface that mitigated erosion risks. This conscientious design aims to allow for a diversity of users, from cyclists to runners, ensuring equal access.  Time flew by, and after three intense hours of labor, both teams packed up their tools and headed down. The trail team had successfully dug an impressive one hundred and twenty feet. In the process, they conquered three stubborn stumps and two large boulders.  Simultaneously, the weeds crew had pulled several hundred pounds of Money Plant.

Save Our Canyons extends a thank you to everyone involved and everyone who came out to help!  If you’re interested in joining, check out our Wilderness Stewardship Page.


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