We have had a lot of interest in arrangements for people to do some casual trail maintenance at Bruce Ridge outside of the regular working bees.What to do
We are planning to produce a detailed list of jobs that can be reasonably and safely done outside the formal working bees, but until then here's some general maintenance activities that can be done when you feel like giving back some love to Bruce Ridge:Trail drainage
- Maintaining trail outslope and gradient reversals (see IMBA links below).Trimming trail corridor
- Pruning trees and shrubs along trail to maintain sight lines and open trail. Use clean loppers or saw to cut branches back to the trunk (no pointy ends!).Rubbish removal
- sounds funny, but people still dump gel wrappers and garbage at Bruce (Don't ask me why?!?)Weeding
- if you can identify weeds, then you are welcome to rip them out (and please take them away if you can).What not to do
The following things should not be done as part of casual trail works:New trails or trail realignments
- Any new trails or realignments need to be discussed with and approved by ACT Parks, Conservation and Lands.Cutting down trees (except weeds)
- Pruning trees is OK, but cutting them down completely is not OK (as we should just be keeping the current trail corridor open).Chainsaws
- Unless you are a qualified chainsaw operator and have the approval of PCL, chainsaws can not be used within Bruce Ridge.Building jumps
- existing jumps, rollers, etc can be maintained, but don't build any new jumps.Process
1. Print out a volunteer sign on sheet to take with you and record your time spent onsite.
2. Head out to the Ridge and work your magic.
3. Report back here on the areas where you have been working and the type of works that you have done.
4. At the end of the month, scan and email your completed volunteer sign on sheet to Craig (craig dot lindenmayer at gmail dot com)Safety
Please read the PCL volunteer guidelines
for safety requirements
If you can work with a buddy and/or take a mobile phone with you - just in case you get injured.Be aware
- The trails will be open and there will be others riding, running and walking on the trails, so please be very careful when using tools and allow people to pass.Be seen
- Make sure other trail users see you - wearing a high-vis vest is ideal, otherwise a fluro tie-dyed shirt also works great.Protective safety
- Wear appropriate personal protective gear including sturdy footwear, gloves, protective eyewear and appropriate sun protection.Keep Fuelled
- Ensure you have an appropriate amount of water and food with you.Weather conditions
- Volunteer work in Bruce Ridge is prohibited during a total fire ban or when wind speeds exceed 40kph.How to maintain trails
If you haven't already, please familiarise yourself with the IMBA trail guidelines, or come along to a working bee to learn about maintaining trails according to the IMBA principles. in the meanwhile here's some of the basics:IMBA Trail Building TipsIMBA Designing and Building Sustainable Trails
Thanks for your help, and keep us posted on how you go.