Who needs chainsaws?

09 January 2011

Wow, We got a lot done thanks to the creative, hard working crew that turned out. We had a total of 10 people show up to show support for the CDF and all the great trails they have in the Demo forest. Here's the list of people who showed up to help:

Large tree blocking the road
Large tree blocking the road

Shane Reed
Scott Robinson
Kim Salmon
John Valera from X-Fusion Shox
Drew Perkins
Josh Davidson
Matt Denson
Forrest Glick
John Alafouzos
Erik Trauschke Alafouzos

Just getting to the trailwork site on this day required us to stop a couple of times and saw through some trees that had fallen accross the road. The difficult thing was that our volunteer crew this day was without the enormous help that the Cal Fire crew normally brings out to help us. We were working without the assitance of a skilled chainsaw operator. This meant we had to tackle these big tress by hand this day and believe me it was no easy task. But when we were done we sure did feel like lumberjacks using our axes and handsaws to clear these important roads that the Cal Fire crews use not only to help rescue people who are injured or lost in the forest but also use as routes to fight fires.

Scott sawing away at this huge tree
Scott sawing away at this huge tree

The road is clear!
The road is clear!

Once we made our way down to the bottom of the sawpit trail our crew then worked to clear existing drains of silt build up as we climbed up Sawpit. On the way back down the trail we used rakes to drag a LOT of sticks and branches out of the trail.

Along with all that maintenance we also worked in small groups to build some new dirt lips on fallen trees and stumps, build new skinny bridges over fallen down trees to make it easier to get up and over them and we removed a huge amount of fallen branches from the trail that would take out derailluers.

So to summarize we got a ton of stuff done that included drain repair, trail tread repair, tree trimming, stunt repair, and don't forget sharing some tasty beverages and snacks at the end of the day. Enjoy the trails and we'll see you out there at the next trailwork day!

Shane Reed
Stewards of Soquel Forest

Cool new bridge over the log pile
Cool new bridge over the log pile

It took a lot of manpower to move this big sucker.
It took a lot of manpower to move this big sucker.