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Stewardship - Trail Work Party - Wallace Falls State Park

Trail Work Party - Wallace Falls State Park

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  • Sat, Apr 17, 2010
  • Seattle 20-30 Somethings
  • Stewardship
  • Adults
8:30 AM at Wallace Falls State Park TH
Come have fun and do some good at a trail work party hosted for the UTHRs by our friends at WTA! We'll work on the Greg Ball trail at Wallace Falls State Park. Basic Climbing or Scrambling student? You can get stewardship credit for this trip! Questions? Contact Alyssa Kreider (alyssa@wta.org) or Jack Nichols (jack.nichols@live.com) ========= Greg Ball Trail Washington State Parks Department Sat, Apr 17, 2010 8:30AM Thanks for volunteering for this work party! All our work parties have three rules: safety first, fun second and work third. The work can be hard so we encourage everyone to work at his or her own pace. If you have any questions please call our office at 206/625-1367. We want you to have a good time and experience first hand what it takes to keep trails in good shape. If you have questions about what we're doing during the work party, about trails in general or about specific trails, please ask your crew leaders. Let us know how you found out about the work party, and anything we can do to make it more fun. We want you to come back! Special Notes: Mountaineers UTHRS (Under the Hill Rovers) group. Trail Facts: For nearly five years, WTA volunteers worked on the construction of an all-new trail to Wallace Lake – the Greg Ball Trail. In 2006, thanks to students participating on WTA Youth Vacations, the Greg Ball Trail had its grand opening celebration! Although the trail is now opened to the lake, there is still work to be done to enhance and maintain the hike to Wallace Lake. One project is the construction of a short spur trail that leads to a nice lunch spot overlooking the river. While working on this projects, you will learn how to break new trail, install drainage, build tread-supporting structures, and assess other trail needs. Directions: We will either meet at the Park's main parking area, or at the gate of a DNR road. This will be determined at a later time, closer to the event date. Directions will be e-mailed to you prior to the event. We want this to be a rewarding and fun event for everyone, so we've enclosed some information that will help give you an idea of what you will be doing. All volunteers MUST be wearing: Work gloves Long pants Long-sleeved shirts Adequate boots for foot protection A day bag to carry your personal gear We cannot allow anyone to work in sneakers or shorts. You will be turned away at the trailhead if you do not have the required work gear. This is a USFS safety requirement. All volunteers will also be required to wear a hard-hat (provided by WTA) while working. Please bring a lunch, plenty of water, and suitable rain and cold weather gear. The work can often be wet and muddy so many of us bring a spare change of clothes to wear home in the car. Introduction: Volunteers will meet with the crew leader and assistant crew leaders at the trailhead. The crew leader will give a safety lecture and discuss specific plans for the day. PLEASE BE ON TIME! We can not allow anyone who has missed the safety lecture to work! Safety: THE EMPHASIS IS ALWAYS SAFETY FIRST. Please read the attached safety handout from Volunteers for Outdoor Washington. We want the day to be enjoyable and SAFE. You will need to sign a personal action responsibility and WTA liability release at the beginning of the day. Our crew leaders are trained to ensure a safe experience for all, but you need to be responsible for your personal actions. We can allow you to work only after you have heard our entire safety briefing, signed in, and have the appropriate work gear. Children and minors are encouraged to attend, but children must be accompanied by an adult and both must have a parent or legal guardian sign the liability release. Please call if you have any questions. Fun: WTA will provide good cheer and ensure an enjoyable time. WE WANT EVERYONE TO COME BACK AND JOIN US FOR ANOTHER WORK PARTY! At the end of the day we will take pride in our accomplishments as we return to the trailhead. We will drink pop and have snacks while preparing for the trip home. Those who volunteer two or more times per year on Forest Service trails receive an annual Trail Park Pass. Those who volunteer five or more times receive their own WTA hard hat. Work: WTA will provide the tools, hard-hats and a safety demonstration. We head up the trail promptly after the orientation. We have mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks and stop for lunch around noon. VOLUNTEERS ARE URGED THROUGH OUT THE DAY TO TAKE BREAKS WHENEVER THEY WANT. At the end of the day we'll collect the tools, head back down to the trailhead and have a wrap-up of the day's work. Every effort is made to ensure that all volunteers can depart from the trailhead by no later than 3:30 p.m. Questions: Please call us at 206/625-1367 if you have any questions. If you are interested in signing up for additional trips visit our website at www.wta.org.

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