Here is my BB submission for trail maintenance. The trail was in decent shape to begin with, but needed a bit of love. There was a small bent pine tree leaning completely over it and a lot of suckers coming up from serviceberry runners impinging from the sides. I raked it as well to clear out a lot of sticks and pinecones. Finally, I chopped down some annual grass stalks overhanging the trail below knee level... Perfect perches for ticks to hide out.
I did some trail maintenance today. I have a trail that's about 400 feet from the pole building into the woods where it encounters a four-way intersection and I cleared it up by removing fallen sticks, pruning out thick bramble canes and young hazel trees leaning into the center for light, and mowing the grass, ferns, and other weeds down as well as widening the path where trees and contour permits. I don't have one of those cool measuring wheels, so I used the technique Mike Haasl pioneered in the first submission up at the top -- using a hundred foot tape to stake out the path.
I was looking at just over 4.5 minutes of video so this plays the pre-maintenance video and post-maintenance at double speed. It sounds funny, but I think you can make it out just fine. Even still, the play time is 2:23. I hope that counts as "about two minutes".
Cleared over 200ft of trail today that was completely impassible with downed trees before I started. The first couple of pictures are before, the last picture shows the pond that I was trying to regain access to.
I cut 5 downed trees from across the path that was completely inaccessible before. Then I went through with my brushcutter and cut all of the thick grasses and shrubs and small trees.
I did not remove every small branch because this path would take so much work to make smooth that it isn’t worth the time for me to do it because all that I do is use it occasionally to walk down to the pond to fish.
If not a trail maintenance BB, could this be an oddball for homesteading or woodland care? A tree falling across a road that has to be dealt with (sometimes in an emergency) is a fairly common occurrence in heavily wooded areas.
The new video that I took today didn't turn out very well, so I'll have to redo it and post it later.
I reclaimed a little over 200 ft of an old trail today. I hadn't used the trail for a few years so it had grown over with salmon berry bushes, elderberry, stinging nettle, and vine maple and had several fallen branches on the trail as well. Before the maintenance was done, walking the trail required lots of ducking, some nettle stings, and branches in the face - not a shorts and t-shirt type of trail.
The maintenance included:
Remove fallen sticks and branches
Trim back the salmon berry bushes, elderberry, stinging nettle, and vine maple
I don't have a walking measuring wheel but I do have a 200 ft tape, which I rolled out and took video before and after and merged them into a single 2 minute video. Enjoy!