- The Trailwatcher will inspect the
assigned section at least 3 times per year: during
October-January, February-May and June-September. Additional
inspections may be called for by the Trail Coordinator after
severe stormy weather or similar unanticipated circumstances.
Inspections shall consist of hiking the assigned trail section,
noting trail conditions and locations where trail maintenance or
re-design is needed. After the inspection, he/she will report
his/her findings to the Trail Coordinator or the Corps of
Engineers, as appropriate. The inspection should be primarily for
- SAFETY – Conditions which might be
hazardous or develop into hazards should be noted, along with
their locations and suggested solutions. If conditions represent
an immediate and serious hazard, the Corps should be notified as
soon as possible.
- ORIENTATION – If the trail is not
marked clearly through blazes, worn treadway, or clearing such
that inexperienced hikers can easily find their way, deficient
areas should be noted for work parties.
- OBSTRUCTIONS – Downed trees,
driftwood, weedy and shrubby growth which blocks or obscures the
trail should be reported for work parties.
- EROSION – Areas where erosion from
surface runoff, switchback shortcutting, or overuse affect the
trail or shoreline erosion undermines the trail should be noted
and corrections or alternate routes suggested.
- GENERAL MAINTENANCE – Problems
with vandalism to signs or marker posts, environmental damage,
or routine trail maintenance should be noted.
- The Trailwatcher will not only
monitor his/her trail, but provide advice to the Trail Coordinator
and Corps concerning the resolution to problems on the trail and
better maintenance practices, if possible. The Trailwatcher will
consult and cooperate with the Trail Coordinator when establishing
- The Trailwatcher will generally
participate in and supervise maintenance parties on the trail,
instructing untrained volunteers in proper trail maintenance
techniques. The Trailwatcher will operate hand tools and hand
power tools (e.g. weedeaters, brushcutters and chain saws) in
accordance with Corps of Engineers safety standards as specified
in E.M. 385-1-1.
- Any significant alterations of the
trail will be done only with prior approval from the Corps of