Tuesday evening weekly trail work 8/11 is doing maintenance on McNeil East trail anytime after 3pm to 7pm ish.
Work description – We will be cutting out stumps and ruts in tread, trimming back brush (trim aggressively on the inside of corners for line of site) and cleaning drains.
Parking and Tool location – About 3.4 miles east past the Boggy Draw parking lot on FS 527 road where McNeil East crosses the road.
Tool and work location – Sign in at tool location. Group 1 starts south and group 2 works north. Each group must be less than 10. If you have not received safety instructions you will need to find a trail leader before starting work.
This is an exciting opportunity to improve the local trail system which would not exist if it was not for volunteers like you. Tools are very sharp so please do not use them with flimsy footwear! Wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves, water, sun protection, hat, snacks and eye protection. The work site starts close to the parking area. Be ready to have a rewarding day!
We do have some new requirements for dealing with Covid which are outlined below. In a nut shell: don’t show up if you are sick, don’t share tools, social distance, and work groups are limited to 10 so we are splitting into 2 work areas and may add a third. If the sign in sheet at the tool location has 10 peeps then you will need to go to the other work area. Obviously this will be inconvenient to relocate, and there is not a great way to figure it out from the parking area, but we will start with this plan and try to improve as we go. There hasn’t been a good track record of signing up in advance.
USFS – Volunteer Agreement Addendum—COVID-19 Protocols for Trail Work
In order to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, the following measures must be followed by volunteers while performing their duties outlined in their current volunteer agreement.
• While travel to and from the project area/worksite is not covered under this volunteer agreement, it is advised that individuals should only share or ride in vehicles with members of their household.
• Prior to departing to the work site, volunteers must self-certify their current health condition by answering the following screening questions as set forth in the USDA Forest Service Guidance and Protocols to Implement the USDA Reopening Playbook May 2020:
1. Have you, or someone living in your household, been diagnosed with COVID-19?
2. Have you, or someone living in your household, been in close or frequent contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
3. Has someone you are caring for been diagnosed with COVID-19, or been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
4. Do you currently have, or have you had within the past 24 hours, any cold or flu symptoms, including a fever greater than 100.4, shortness of breath, body aches, and coughing?
If a volunteer answers “yes” to any of these questions, they are not authorized to participate in any of the activities outlined in this volunteer agreement and will not be granted status as USDA Forest Service Volunteer, per OF-301a, Section 34.
This process of self-certification must be completed each day an individual plans to engage in volunteer activities.
• Volunteers are not authorized to share tools, supplies, materials, or other equipment except with members of their household or after disinfecting the items in accordance with the CDC Guidance for Operating Procedures and Cleaning and the EPA’s Six Steps for Safe and Effective Disinfectant Use (attached).
• Volunteers must maintain a minimum of 6 feet of physical separation (social distancing) during all work activities, regardless of the nature of the task, except when working with a member of their household. Failure to maintain social distancing will be considered as acting outside of the scope of this volunteer agreement for the purposes of being considered a USDA Forest Service Volunteer, per OF-301a, Section 34.
• Volunteers must be aware of and adhere to all current local, state, and federal ordinances or orders issued relating to COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, requirements for wearing face coverings and limiting gatherings to 10 or less people.
• Volunteers are encouraged to follow all current local, state, and federal advisories designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, such as guidance for individuals considered to be at higher risk for COVID-19, maintaining proper hygiene, travel considerations, etc.
• Volunteers will notify the volunteer organizer (either from the sponsoring organization or the Forest Service Point of Contact) on a weekly basis with the days and hours worked for that week. Organizations will provide rosters to the Forest Service weekly with the aforementioned information if it is provided to them.