The Westwoods and many of the other trail systems in Guilford are taken care of by a group called the Westwoods Trails Committee. This committee is run by Paul Proulx, and his team of dedicated trail stewards. Meetings are held in the Community Center at 7:30pm on the third Monday of the month. The meetings are open to the public, and new members are encouraged to come. After a new member’s second meeting they will receive a Westwoods patch, and be proclaimed a full member.
Members currently on the committee range in age from 15 to over 65, and all have different backgrounds. So if you were wondering, yes you would fit in.
Work parties for the month are generally scheduled by the committee during the meeting for hiking areas that need work. Please see our calendar for upcoming meeting and work party dates. Work parties are not limited to people able to use a chain saw, and can be as simple as clearing fallen sticks from the trails or clipping back brush. Any extra pair of hands will allow the work to get done faster.
Members wanting to become thoroughly involved will be given a trail to take care of in one of the trail systems. This entails making sure the trail is passable and keeping the blazes visible.
Joining the committee is not the only way to get involved in helping to keep our woods in good condition. Simply removing sticks that have fallen on the trail, or picking up trash is a large help to the committee members.