Moose Hill Rd
Guilford, CT 06437
Many people are helping out by clearing the Guilford trails of the great damage wrought by a series of late winter storms, and the Trails Committee is especially grateful for all this community support. Many trails have been cleared by trail angels, and we extend our thanks to these many mystery workers. For all whom are going out themselves: please send a trail report to Paul <
On each of the below days we’ll be heading into areas of known problems and clearing away deadfalls, dropping, then clearing ‘leaners’, or taking down trees snagged in the surrounding canopy. We need all the help we can get, and there’s a lots of tasks for all ranges of talent, experience and equipment. Here’s some rough categories of the work involved:
— CHAINSAW: Anyone experienced in operating a chainsaw will be a big help. You need to bring your own saw along, and know how to operate it safely. While removing snags or leaners is not for everyone, the deadfalls are more straight forward and good to start with. We have many experienced operators whom can help direct this work. Bring your saw, 2-cycle mix and bar oil, and maintenance tools. A helmet & screen, chaps and steel tipped boots are recommended for safe operation.
— BOWSAW & LOPPERS: Contrary to expectations, much of the clearing work can be done with hand tools. A sharp bowsaw or set of compound loppers can often do the entire job. But even with big trees, these tools will be a great help in clearing the way for the needed chainsaw cuts. Bring along the sort of tools you’re comfortable using. Be sure they’re sharp, and that you have covers on the blades. Sturdy leather gloves are recommended.
— A STRONG BACK: Once the saws have finished, the real task is to clear the resulting branches and logs off and away from the trail. One sawyer can keep several trail clearers very busy. This task really can be done by anyone, as there are always a range of branches and logs to clear, ranging from 1/4 inch sticks to three foot sections of trunk. Bring along gloves and heavy boots. A pry bar or leaver can also help move the big stuff.
— WALKING SHOES: Yes, there’s even a place for people whom aren’t into the lumber jack experience. We need scouts whom can be sent out onto the trails to report where the problems are. It’s disheartening to lug the saws and support equipment into an interior trail only to find that the problem has already been taken care of, so helping us locate the trouble spots is a very big contribution. Walking shoes and a smile is all you really need.