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#1 pilznr

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:42 AM

I've noticed a few complaints about the trails not being trimmed. Just a reminder that the SIUE trails have no paid staff taking care of them as some of the County parks trails do. Trimming back brush is an entirely volunteer effort. If you ride or run here, please take some time and help out, otherwise they may not be much fun to use this summer, as the jungle is encroaching.

 

On a related note, the P-D had a photo gallery this weekend with some pictures from the Mississippi River Festival. The familiar poles and cables that are lying on the asphalt near Trail #1 are pretty recognizable. It's pretty amazing how the site has been reclaimed by nature.


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#2 The Krackheads

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 11:34 AM

Ron,

 

Thanks for the post on the MRF schedule.  My dad all way's talked about seeing the Who there in 71, Said his ears were ringing for days after the concert.


Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. ~Elizabeth Andrew

 

 

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#3 jamesh75

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 02:02 PM

I've noticed a few complaints about the trails not being trimmed. Just a reminder that the SIUE trails have no paid staff taking care of them as some of the County parks trails do. Trimming back brush is an entirely volunteer effort. If you ride or run here, please take some time and help out, otherwise they may not be much fun to use this summer, as the jungle is encroaching.

 

 

I'll try to get out there this weekend and do some trimming.  Are gas powered weed eaters allowed to be used?  That's about the only thing that will help out there right now.  But I agree, if everyone that rides out there does a little, they'll be in great shape again in no time.



#4 Kirby

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 02:26 PM

PM sent.


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#5 pilznr

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:00 PM

Remember, if you have any questions, always check with the trail steward about what is permissible. Thanks!


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#6 caleb_r_miller

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 10:35 AM

Just a quick note that the Cyclery team did do some trimming last week.

A good part of 1 is clear at least from the trail head until before the first cc crossing (hope I have that right).  Also started from the other side of 1 but didn't make it too far.

Most of 2 also cleared.



#7 jamesh75

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 08:06 AM

Thank you Caleb and the Cyclery team!



#8 erik m.

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 07:35 PM

I'd do some trimming too, if I knew what to do...



#9 falasi4

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 07:39 AM

In general if you are standing in the middle of the trail and stick your arms out to the sides of the trail and vegetation is there, it can be whacked.  It would take a super-human effort to cut to much back there in light of the abundance of honey suckle which is invasive and best ripped out by the roots.



#10 erik m.

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 01:57 PM

Whacked with a gas powered weed whacker/ brush cutter or some other tool? I am sorry to be so dense about this.

I am (unfortunately) very familiar with pulling honeysuckle, it has taken over some of our woods down here.

#11 falasi4

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 07:55 AM

I've seen gas trimmers/blowers being used and hand tools.  I prefer hand tools simply because of the noise/smell/etc of running an engine out in the woods and I need any excuse to motivate me to do some kind of upper body exercise.  

 

Don't show up with a chainsaw unless you are a certified sawyer and have made arrangements with the trail steward.



#12 thewoody1

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 03:10 PM

Lets keep the momentum going. Trails #5 and #6 are clear!



#13 Kirby

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:50 AM

Thanks to everyone volunteering their time and sweat to clearing the trails, it is muchos appreciated.


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#14 gigi

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 01:56 PM

Finally got out to ride the trails last night.  I thought they were in surprisingly good shape from the chatter.  there are trees that need to be sawyered on a couple trails.  Trail 4 and the beginning of the new one need some lopping - but overall they were pretty nice in that SIUE summer growth kind of way.  We weren't leaking any blood from thorn bushes - so i considered it a winning situation!  The sticktight things do drive us crazy though......


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