Friends of RCSP
Trails Work

Volunteer trailwork will be the first Saturday morning of each month, rain or shine:
Time Assemble 9:00, work until no later than noon.
Place Park Office (Hunting Hill Mansion) Rear Entrance
Wear long pants, otherwise dress for the weather.
Bring Water, Work gloves if you have them, insect repellant with 20-30% DEET, also bring friends & family.
RSVP Trails@FriendsOfRCSP.org

Please pre-register no later than 5:00 P.M. on the night before, so we know how many tools and refreshments to provide.


Video - Tree Down Near Mansion

June, 2007 - Biolog Installation


Thanks to the great volunteer team who completed trail work on May 7, 2016 despite the mud and rainy weather!



Here is the result of recent efforts of dedicated trail workers on Saturday, September 5 on the Yellow Trail. The original bridge washed out during the flooding in June, which damaged other Park areas as well. Thanks to volunteers Gary Sawyer, Mark Kern, Tim Higgins and Deb Samans for organizing and getting the materials to the site and to Ridley Creek State Park Maintenance Staff for picking up the 16 foot long boards and delivering them to the Park.
Areas in need are always being identified. Think about joining the fun the first Saturday of each month!


Building Erosion Controls - March, 2005


Building Erosion Controls - November 2006

Building Bridges - June, 2005


State Champion Black Oak - April, 2006

November 18, 2005

November's trail work brought out 25 volunteers! We were treated to a perfectly glorious fall day--blue sky, warm temperatures, the height of fall colors in the park. The volunteers did excellent work on erosion controls on a hillside above the Multi-Use Trail and Ridley Creek--probably the worst erosion area in the Park. A separate crew under Mark Kern's direction took out blowdowns on the White and Yellow Trails. Thanks to all who helped!

NOTE: Our monthly trail work was cited in Backpacker Magazine (December issue) in a list of 10 things to do in the Northeast Region of the U.S. in November and December. Word is getting around! DECEMBER TRAIL WORK:
DATE: Saturday, December 3, Rain or Shine.
TIME: Assemble 9:00, work until noon, then have refreshments.
PLACE: Park Office (Hunting Hill Mansion, rear entrance.).
WEAR: Dress for the weather.
BRING: Water, trail snack if you wish, work gloves if you have them, family and friends (if you need help in persuading them, please let me know). We supply tools, training and supervision, work gloves if you don't have any, and, of course, refreshments!

RSVP: Howard Sherman at (610) 626-0751 or at HowardSherman@att.net , no later than 6:00 P.M. Friday, Dec. 2.

NOTE: We would also like to have groups come out to the park and try trail work as a service project. If you belong to a group (e.g., civic group, religious congregation, outdoors group, employee group) which might be interested, feel free to discuss it with me.
Thanks.
-- Howard


Saturday, February 5th, 2005
In February, there were in excess of 25 trailwork volunteers, and the split into three groups. The small Chainsaw group, and two larger groups with manual tools. The group pictured here, led by Howard, worked on the Horseback Riding Path.


Saturday, November 6, 2004

Fellow Trailworkers -

First, my thanks to all of the volunteers who joined us on October 16th and 23rd, for extra help in the Park's garden area and the Fishermen's trail.

The breaking news is that a major windstorm, probably associated with tropical storm Jean, destroyed a section of the woods, bringing a number of large trees down across the White Trail. We will have major work to unblock the Trail, and a section of it may have to be re-routed. Mark Kern has volunteered to work with us on Nov. 6th using his chain saw, for which he is certified and is approved by Park management. The rest of us will assist using hand tools to clear tree limbs and smaller trees (don't bring your own chain saw, please: certification and approval by Park management is necessary). This is an urgent project to keep the Trail passable. Please join us.
DATE Saturday, Nov. 6th. Rain or shine.
TIME 9:00 - noon.
ASSEMBLE At rear entrance to Park Office (Hunting Hill Mansion)
WEAR Dress for the weather.
BRING Water, work gloves if you have them, trail snack if you wish, family, friends, etc.
(NOTE #1: Clearing blowdowns is fairly dicey work, so please don't bring children younger than thirteen.)
(NOTE #2: Hot water, coffee, and tea will be available at 9:00, and the same, with refreshments, will be available at noon.)
PLEASE PRE-REGISTER Contact Howard Sherman by no later than 8:00 P.M., Fri., Nov. 5th, at Howardsherman@att.net or (610) 626-0751


Saturday, Sept. 4

Trail Workers and Friends -

SEPTEMBER TRAIL WORK - A SPECIAL OCCASION:

Date Saturday, Saturday, Sept. 4, rain or shine.
Time Assemble 9:00, work until no later than noon.
Place Park Office (Hunting Hill Mansion) Rear Entrance
Wear long pants for tick protection, otherwise dress for the weather.
Bring Water, Work gloves if you have them, insect repellant with 20-30% DEET, also bring friends & family to enjoy the woods and the hike.
RSVP Howard Sherman at (610) 626-0751 or HowardSherman@att.net , no later than 8 P.M., Friday, Sept. 3.

Saturday, August 7
Trailworkers -
Here it is again! A chance to beat the summer heat by doing some nifty trail work under the cooling shade of the Ridley tree canopy!
Date Saturday, August 7, rain or shine.
Time Assemble 9:00, work until no later than noon.
Place Park Office (Hunting Hill Mansion) Rear Entrance
Wear long pants, otherwise dress for the weather.
Bring Water, Work gloves if you have them, insect repellant with 20-30% DEET, also bring friends & family.
RSVP Howard Sherman at (610) 626-0751 or HowardSherman@att.net , no later than evening of August 6th.


Saturday, July 3rd
Why swelter on asphalt when you can spend time under the cooling forest canopy and benefit the Park as well? Join us for three hours of trail work to improve trails and park land. Besides, what better way to honor our nation's birthday than to 'give back' during this pre-Independence Day event?
Date Saturday, July 3, rain or shine.
Time Assemble 9:00, work until no later than noon.
Place Park Office (Hunting Hill Mansion)
Wear Dress for the weather + wear long pants for tick protection.
Bring Water, snack if you wish, work gloves if you have them, family and friends. Also bring insect repellant containing 20 - 30% DEET.
SPECIAL NOTE Jim Kline will be coordinating this month's trail work in my absence (ask Jim about his Grand Canyon trip!). For more information and to pre-register, contact Jim no later than Friday evening, July 2, as follows:
James.Kline@mbna.com or (610) 444-4249.


Saturday, June 5th
Our National Trails Day special 'hands on' trail work clinic was a success! Despite the rain, 37 people turned out to hear Ken LeRoy's presentation on invasive plants in the park. Eastern Mountain Sports University City Store, one of our sponsors, was on hand to give participants free trail munchies and commemorative T-Shirts.