On October 5th, nearly twenty members and volunteers of the Friends of Rothrock State Forest along with Rothrock State Forest Recreation Forester Jonathan Snyder teamed up to perform trail maintenance on the Bear Meadows Loop Trail.
Perfect weather and a motivated group were able to clear the trail corridor of overgrown brush, fallen trees, and other debris along roughly two miles of the trail. In less than seven hours, the vast majority of the trail was cleared and is now a better experience for all to enjoy and more accessible for future planned maintenance efforts. As weather permits, further work on the trail will be scheduled for any remaining clean-up and the beginning of trail tread improvements featuring significant use of natural, sawed, locust logs to construct puncheons. Puncheons are a proven and effective way to cross bogs, marshes, and wetland areas that do not lend themselves well to drainage.
Rothrock State Forest relies on volunteers to maintain its extensive trail system and we would love to have you join us for a future trail maintenance day. Be sure to sign up as a member and join us for a work day or other activity in the days to come.