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Volunteers Sought for National Trails Day

May 26, 2010

Up to 75 volunteers are needed to help with trail maintenance and other tasks at Placer County’s Hidden Falls Regional Park on Saturday, June 5.

For the third year in a row, local volunteers will be helping to celebrate the American Hiking Association’s National Trails Day. The event is being coordinated locally by Roseville’s REI store, FATRAC – the Folsom Auburn Trail Riders Coalition and the Placer County Parks Division. Volunteerism has grown steadily, with 60 local volunteers participating last year.

The observation platform at Hidden Falls Regional Park in
Placer County.
“Trails are vital pathways to all kinds of outdoor fun, and in Hidden Falls they are very popular,” said Placer County Park Planner Andy Fisher.

“In addition to hikers and bikers, we often see family groups with several generations enjoying the outdoors together, two or three moms with strollers and youth groups in their uniforms. We’re even told of small weddings out there from time to time. To hear that Hidden Falls connects with people for some of the most special moments of their lives is very special to us.”

“Keeping trails in shape is an important responsibility,” Fisher said. “We are grateful to have the support of the community in this project, and particularly appreciate REI for providing our volunteers with lunch and commemorative tee shirts.”

Volunteers will assist with tasks such as trail corridor maintenance and fencing, and should bring hand pruning tools, work gloves and sturdy shoes.

After lunch, REI Outdoor School will conduct an Introduction to GPS Navigation Activity to those interested, so participants may want to bring their own GPS equipment.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until 12:30 p.m. Hidden Falls Regional Park is located at 7587 Mears Place, north of Mt.Vernon Road between Auburn and Lincoln.

To sign up or obtain more information from REI, please click on this link: Trails Day . For a map to Hidden Falls Regional Park, click on this link: Hidden Falls. To contact Placer County, please call 530-889-4901.

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