Maintaining a Trail of this length and diversity of terrain is a real challenge. In 2012, we undertook a pilot project to determine what it would take for a Maintenance Crew to maintain the Trail from one end to the other each year. The report became our guide for the next 10 years.
A crew of 2-3 people maintained the entire Trail from Emerson to the Red River Floodway. Two passes with a rented tractor and mower, general clean up of trees and branches in bush sections, weed wacking, straightening and replacing of signs… make up maintenance duties from late June to September.
The pandemic resulted in increased usage, including during the winter months. More volunteers got involved bringing new ideas. The goal now is to make it easier for local people to be stewards of trail sections close to where they live. Diverse skills help solve trail challenges, improve response to trail users’ suggestions and work on improvements as needed. If you are interested in helping out, contact us at [email protected] .
The Crow Wing Trail is still young and is a work in progress. We appreciate any and all feedback. Thank you to all who are getting involved and who use the Trail!