Trail work outings
The VHTRC sponsors semi-regular (we’re working on getting better) trail-work opportunities. Many of these are in partnership with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC). Watch this space for our next outing.
See a downed tree? Report it.
Detailed information on blowdowns is very helpful in planning the work trips to clear the trails and every trail run can be an opportunity to contribute. Workers need to know approximately where the blowdowns are and also an estimate of every tree’s diameter, its height above the ground, and whether it is a tangled mess.
Nowadays nearly everyone carries a GPS-enabled smartphone capable of recording geotagged photographs. Taking a photo of any trees you see documents their nature while also pinpointing their location. (Tip: after opening your camera app, wait a bit before snapping the photo to allow the GPS to lock on.)
After you get home upload your photo(s) and a description of what you encountered. We’ll make sure the appropriate authorities get the information.