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Volunteer Trail Maintenance

Updated: May 30, 2019 11:21 PM

If it wasn't for the many helping hands that volunteer to maintain Duluth's trail system, we would not have access to the roughly 100 miles of multi-use trails the Duluth Traverse offers. So this week we decided to join volunteers in Hartley Park to see what kind of work they are doing on the trails.

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"Depending on how many people we get to show up tonight we are going to try to do some general maintenance on some of the trails to deal with moisture issues," Michael Albrecht told WDIO News. Albrecht is a Hartley Park Trail Steward and a member of the Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS).

"We are trying to get moisture to drain off the trails and shed off the trials versus pooling in places and that is where we start to have problem areas," Albrecht said.

With all the moisture we have had recently, this group of volunteers has thier work cut out for them.

"We haven't gotten around to building new trails just yet because we are trying to get everything cleaned up after a tough winter," Albrecht said.

With all the work the lies ahead of them to get the trails in good riding condition, they would love your help! "We like all the volunteers we can get," Albrecht said. "It takes a lot of man hours to keep these trails maintained."

He also explained using the trails and volunteering to help maintain the trails is not just limited to mountain bikers.

"They are multi use and we want everyone to enjoy them and you don't have to be a mountain biker to come out and volunteer. Runners that like the trails can come help us work on them as well. We are open to everyone who wants to be involved."

And Albrecht says its pretty easy to join in on the fun. "To get involved, there is information on the COGGS website. There is information on the COGGS Facebook pages. There is a page for each trail system, so if you are looking to volunteer, Hartley is on Tuesday nights, the different systems vary on the night of the week so we can hopefully get people available to help out wherever and whenever it is convenient for them."

Join WDIO News at Ten every Thursday to get the latest tips and tricks you need to enjoy the trails in the Duluth area as well as updated trail conditions.

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