Texas Trail Tamers

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, April 19, 2020
    • Saturday, April 25, 2020
    • The Nature Conservancy:Davis Mountains Preserve
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    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/


    • Sunday, April 19, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • The McIvor Center at the Nature Conservancy: Davis Mountains Preserve

    The Nature Conservancy of Texas hosts the Central Texas Trail Tamers offering an Introduction to Sustainable Trail Construction and Maintenance at the Davis Mountains Preserve, McIvor Center.  This class will take place on Sunday, April 19th starting at 1 p.m. and ending about 4 p.m. The indoor portion of the class lasts for about 90 minutes and then we will spend an additional 90 minutes or so on an outdoor exercise.  

    This course is based on a curriculum developed by the Pacific Crest Trail Association and U.S. Forest Service Trails Specialist John Schubert. The class will cover working with land managers, what to expect from volunteer crews, trail types and trail users, the basics of sustainable trail design, hillside hydrology, clearing and brushing the trail corridor, methods for building new tread, rock steps and other kinds of steps, retaining walls, switchbacks, water bars, water crossings, and other water management structures. Once students understand how trails are supposed to work, we will discuss maintaining and rehabilitating older trails to reduce future maintenance needs.  

    Following the classroom portion of the presentation, we will take a closer look and trail building tools, and trail crew safety. Then we will walk a section of trail close to the McIvor Center to apply some of what you learned in the classroom and start developing “Trail Eyes.” This will help you begin to see the forces at work on trails that support or undermine a safe and enjoyable experience for trail users.  

    This sampler class does not fully prepare students to work independently. Instead, students will understand a range of trail work tasks and have a good idea of what they might have fun doing when working with an experienced crew leader. This class will be taught by Central Texas Trail Tamers President, Scott Newsom (and friends). This class is free and we hope everyone with an interest in securing public access to nature via trails will join us for a fun and informative afternoon.

    For students who want to put their knowledge to work immediately, the Trail Tamers are following up this introductory class with a full week project at the Davis Mountains Preserve from April 19th through the 25th. All skill levels are welcome, but sign up quickly because space is limited.  You can sign up here.

    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). 

Past events

Saturday, January 25, 2020 Trail Construction - YMCA Roberts Ranch
Saturday, January 11, 2020 Trail Building and Maintenance Class Hosted by Ecology Action
Friday, December 13, 2019 Nature Conservancy: Love Creek
Sunday, November 03, 2019 Guadalupe Mountain National Park
Saturday, October 12, 2019 Trail Construction - YMCA Roberts Ranch
Thursday, October 10, 2019 CTTT Davis Mountains Preserve Open Weekend Campout
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 CDTC - Lagunitas - Carson National Forest
Saturday, April 20, 2019 Intro to Trail Building Class Hosted by Wild Basin
Sunday, April 07, 2019 Nature Conservancy: Davis Mountains Preserve
Saturday, February 16, 2019 Nature Conservancy: Love Creek
Saturday, February 16, 2019 Trail Construction Clinic - YMCA Roberts Ranch
Saturday, February 09, 2019 Candlelight Ranch Trail Project
Monday, January 21, 2019 Colorado River Refuge - Bastrop
Sunday, October 28, 2018 Guadalupe Peak Trail Project
Friday, October 19, 2018 cancelled - Nature Conservancy: Love Creek - cancelled
Saturday, September 01, 2018 Continental Divide Canjilon Lakes Project NM
Saturday, July 21, 2018 Colorado River Refuge - Bastrop, TX (Trailhead Restoration)
Saturday, June 02, 2018 National Trails Day - Barton Creek Bike Diversion Project
Saturday, June 02, 2018 National Trails Day - Barton Creek Trail Maintenance
Friday, May 04, 2018 Balcones Canyonlands, Warbler Vista Trail Project
Friday, March 23, 2018 Introduction to Trail Maintenance
Saturday, February 17, 2018 Nature Conservancy: Love Creek
Saturday, February 03, 2018 Blanco State park
Saturday, January 20, 2018 Colorado River Refuge Trail Closures - Bastrop Tx
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 Nature Conservancy: Love Creek
Saturday, November 11, 2017 Ray Fore Celebration and Work Project
Friday, October 27, 2017 Memorial Park Conservancy: Introduction to Trail Maintenance Class
Sunday, October 15, 2017 Davis Mountains Preserve
Thursday, August 24, 2017 CDT: Martinez Canyon Relocation (Carson National Forest)
Saturday, June 03, 2017 National Trails Day 2017: Introduction to Trail Maintenance Class and Hike
Monday, May 15, 2017 Love Creek Trail Flagging
Saturday, April 29, 2017 Advanced Trail Building Skills Class Hosted By Wild Basin
Sunday, April 02, 2017 Davis Mountains Preserve - Wolf Den Trail
Saturday, March 18, 2017 Intro to Trail Building Class Hosted by Wild Basin
Saturday, March 11, 2017 BCP Doe Skin Ranch Creek Crossing
Saturday, February 18, 2017 Love Creek Work Weekend
Saturday, February 11, 2017 Intro to Trail Building Class Hosted By Wild Basin
Saturday, February 04, 2017 Trail Clinic: Working Safely with Chainsaws
Saturday, January 21, 2017 Old Baldy Bridge Project - McKinney Falls State Park

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