This Spring, the FVMBA was able to hire a four person trail crew for 8 weeks in February and March, thanks to a successful grant application through the Youth Community Partnership stream of the Community Workforce Response Grant. Many thanks to Andrew, Aysha, Kevin, and Noah for the hard work on various trails and projects as they learned and practiced the skills and art of trail maintenance and building.
Here’s a few highlights from their eight weeks with us…
The crew began their first week continuing work on Merv’s to help manage water and reduce the mud, making the trail more fun for all.
It’s not often we have the opportunity to construct trails from scratch and the reroutes on Bear Mountain after logging in Fall of 2020 offered the crew the chance to learn about selecting a line for a new trail and the process of building from start to finish.
The crew also has been helping on a project in partnership with Recreation Sites and Trails BC building a new hiking trail at Stave Lake. Work is ongoing and the trail is not yet open.
The crew spent a week helping out the dedicated volunteers at the Woodlot in Maple Ridge, removing an old boardwalk that was due for replacement and putting some finishing touches on some new woodwork.
For their final week, the crew headed to Sumas, helping out with a short reroute and shaping some berms on Rock Diva, and clearing drains on Emma Peel
Before & After on Emma Peel (pull the slider across to toggle between the photos)