Supes create Adopt-a-Trail programs for transportation corridor
No more grabbing a shovel or a rake on a Saturday morning and moving stuff around on the Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor. El Dorado County Supervisors, on Sept. 10, OK’d a recommendation to establish Adopt-a-Trail programs for three trail elements in the county: the Rubicon Trail, the El Dorado Trail and SPTC.
Following unauthorized volunteer activities, the county issued a “cease and desist letter” April 23 which effectively put an administrative “hold” on volunteers doing trail work. Now the county has adopted a process that formalizes and regulates the efforts of individuals and organizations eager to donate their time and talents to the community.
County staff were directed to establish “working groups” of volunteers to help determine trail sections to be maintained and to coordinate other aspects of the program.
For years volunteers have worked on various segments of all the trails but mostly on a “project specific” basis. That policy will continue for projects outside the scope of the Adopt-a-Trail program, according to documents included in the board agenda. Not quite final, the board action is contingent upon approval of El Dorado County Counsel. Pending that go-ahead, county staff will form the working groups already noted and set up both training and monitoring systems to guide and oversee the program.
Adopt-a-Trail and multiple variations thereof, Adopt-a-Park, Forest, etc. are widespread throughout state parks, national forests, county and municipal jurisdictions all over the country. What they appear to have in common is the notion of “ownership” by the volunteers. And with ownership comes ... http://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/supes-create-adopt-a-trail-programs-for-transportation-corridor/