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Adopt a Trail!
by Kathleen Wiechelman and Dave Lieben


May 10, 2005

We hope everyone's had the chance to get out and enjoy the nice weather lately, perhaps hiking on your favorite trail. We are the coordinators for the Ketchikan Outdoor Recreation and Trails Coalition's Adopt-a-Trail program. We've worked with the Forest Service, State Parks, and the Borough to get the program up and running. Your family or group can adopt a trail, and have a sense of pride in helping making this a better community.

Some of our local trails have already been adopted. Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) has been doing a great job on the Ward Creek Trail. Most trails are still available for adoption, though, from newly developed trails like Lunch Falls Loop or Dude Mountain, to old favorites like Deer Mountain.

The main duties are picking up litter, ensuring drainages are kept clear of debris, and trimming brush. However, if you have carpentry skills and would like to help build/re-build trails, that would be great, too. We'll get you some basic training, have you fill out some paperwork, loan you some safety equipment, and you'll be ready to go. There are no requirements as to how often you have to clean up your trail, ideally at least once a month during the summer.

We put together a little presentation that we would be happy to give to your group if you'd like to learn more about the program. You can e-mail Kathleen at kwiechelman (AT), or Dave at dlieben (AT), or you can visit our web site at


Kathleen Wiechelman
Dave Lieben
Ketchikan, AK - USA



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