UPDATE: The Trail Tamers return to the Davis Mountains Preserve April 19th through the 25th to repair and maintain trails in one of the most beautiful natural areas in Texas. For the first time in years, this trip is open to the public. You do not need to be a current member of the Central Texas Trail Tamers to sign up for this trip. The trip is good for new and experienced trail crew workers. Education and Training will be provided for those who need it. An Introduction to Trail Maintenance and Construction class will be taught on Sunday the 19th in the afternoon. If you have not had this class, or if it is the first time you will be working with the Trail Tamers please be sure to sign up and arrive on time to take part.
Helping build trails at the Davis Mountain Preserve is one of the longer relationships that the Trail Tamers have enjoyed, so we are looking forward to returning this Spring. Greg Crow is the preserve manager and will be providing overall supervision of trail crews while Charlie Bray will be the Central Texas Trail Tamer project leader for this trip. Charlie will be supported by experienced Trail Crew leaders and Trail Tamers who have led this trip and worked on trail in the preserve in the past.
This trip is open to as many as fourteen Trail Crew members and three Support Crew members. Support crew members will help shop for groceries, cook and clean so that Trail Crew members can focus on working the trails. The Trail Tamers will provide all the tools necessary for the job. Meals are served beginning Sunday evening and the final breakfast will be available Saturday morning. There will be a mid week rest day that will be determined in part by the weather (which is usually beautiful this time of year).
The Job: On this trip we will be working on two of the more interesting trails in the preserve. The Madera Canyon trail is open to the public year around, so it fits best with the Trail Tamers mission of ensuring trails are available to current and future generations to access nature. The Madera Canyon Trail is located in the Davis Mountains Preserve, adjacent to the Lawrence E. Wood Picnic Area, and open to the public year-round from dawn until dusk. The other trail is in Tobe Canyon. This is one of the more scenic trails and is heavily used for both recreation and scientific studies. Expect opportunities to do a fair amount of maintenance as well as building rock bars, steps and other sustainable trail structures.
Location: The Davis Mountains Preserve is located approximately 25 miles northwest of Ft. Davis on Hwy. 118 (about 10 miles past McDonald Observatory and about one quarter of a mile past the Lawrence E. Wood Picnic Area). When we do projects at the DMP, we camp around the McIvor Conservation Center or stay in the bunk rooms in the McIvor Center (six bunks each). The McIvor Center has a full kitchen and bathrooms with showers, so that makes this trip practically a luxury camping trip. You will need to bring your own bedding and towels. You are welcome to set up a tent or bring a small RV.
A few rules: Firearms and any technology that disrupts quiet enjoyment are not permitted on the preserve. No generators are allowed. No pets are allowed. Smoke only while standing in the middle of a paved road. Only high clearance street legal vehicles will be allowed past the McIvor Conservation Center with permission from TNC.
More information will be provided for registrants prior to the trip. Please join our Facebook Group too. https://www.facebook.com/groups/288723014414/