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Jim Bedwell is former director of Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources for the U.S. Forest Service and serves on the Board of Directors for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC).
Original article from The Gazette, September 9, 2018. Photo by Gabriel Scarlett/The Denver Post.
You’ve seen them on our volunteer projects: the people in blue baseball caps handing out tools, demonstrating safety techniques, and instructing others how to slope a trail or where to move a boulder. They’re the Crew Leaders – and they’re all volunteers.
Maintaining trails is a huge part of our work at Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) and we’ve seen ‘em all, from meandering paths through the prairie to steep, rocky ascents and everything in between. Yet despite their myriad differences, you might be surprised to learn that trails have quite a bit in common when it comes to taking care of them.