Photo by: David Murrill
On Saturday April 14, KSB co-sponsored a Trail Work Day under the auspices of the Forest Service. Twelve volunteers showed up for the work, half from KSB and half from other volunteer organizations. Trustee and Secretary Susan Murrill helped select where to work – the Jacks Canyon Trail.
Her choice resonated with some of the other volunteers who were equestrians. As one noted, a lot of effort is put in maintaining hiking and biking trails, but trails that are suitable for horses are often overlooked.
The work was particularly interesting in that we focused on removing secondary ‘social’ trails that have become established over time. We were instructed how to transplant prickly pears and other plants that have a high likelihood of re-establishing themselves. We also learned the art of transplanting large rocks – digging a hole for them and setting them into the ground just like they were from where we plucked them. The rocks looked like they had been in place for decades.
The goal of all of this work was to disguise the social trail and make it look like that trail was never there. And it worked!
We hope to see even more KSB workers out the next time we sponsor a volunteer trail day. It’s valuable work, great exercise, and a perfect reason to spend some time outdoors in beautiful Sedona.