In partnership with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Methow Valley Trails Collaborative (MVTC) welcomed 116 volunteers last weekend to work on sections of trail on Lewis Butte, northwest of Winthrop on Gunn Ranch Road.
The project was identified by the MVTC as its 2018 Save-a-Trail project and was financially supported by over 40 members of the community who donated $13,398, according to a press release from the trails collaborative.
The project is meant to address erosion issues and resource damage caused by increasing use on poorly designed existing trails, the press release said. MVTC is creating new sections of trail that are sustainably designed while rehabbing and closing sections of destructive trails.
About 1.04 miles of trail were built last weekend, which comprises 60 percent of the first phase of the project. In addition, .38 miles of trail was rehabbed late last month. The secondary trailhead parking access off Gunn Ranch Road was repaired and a new split-rail fence was installed.
The work was done by a collaborative group of trail advocates organized by the MVTC including Backcountry Horseman, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Keep It Public, Methow Conservancy, Methow Valley Snowmobile Association, Methow Trails, WDFW, Washington Trails Association, the Winthrop Chamber and the U.S. Forest Service.
Future volunteer opportunities for the project will be posted on the Volunteer Methow website at www.volunteermethow.org.