Public Lands Day – Sierra Club Trail Crew in Action


Thank you to all of the volunteers who showed up for National Public Lands Day this year! I joined our volunteers this Saturday at Peter Strauss Ranch. This is a National Park Service site, which we partner with to help maintain the trails.

Rachel Clegg, Volunteer Trail Team Leader, said, “We had a total of 36 volunteers in attendance. 26 were with the Sierra Club SMMTF team, including 9 first-time volunteers. We were supported by park staff Danika Globokar (NPS) and Tara Hallman (SAMO Fund) and 11 Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council team members (who also visited the site a few days in advance with brushcutters. electrics, weedkillers and chainsaws to remove larger obstacles that we would not be able to overcome with hand tools). “

I enjoyed it ! I got my hands dirty, moved rocks, cut branches and took all the time to lean on the tool handles and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the work going on around me.

Our Santa Monica Mountain Working Group has a team of volunteers who have been active for decades creating and maintaining hiking trails in the Santa Monica Mountains. The team was founded by the late Ron Webster, and his sense of humor, open-mindedness and in-depth trail building skills are alive and well with the team.

You can learn more about the Trail Crew and participate in their weekly activities on the task force website.

The reception desk – proudly displaying the Sierra Club flag.

A volunteer trail crew, spending time holding tool handles.

The author, chapter director Morgan Goodwin sweats and has fun.

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