Our volunteer chain-sawyers and their assistants, known as swampers, just don’t quit. In the one year since Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on trails in the region by toppling thousands of trees, chain saw crew volunteers in Central North Jersey recorded more than 780 hours given to clearing our public trails. This work, which goes on largely out of public view, adds immeasurably to the safety and quality of the hiking experience available to the public.
Last week, after a report of massive blow-downs on the Bearfort Waters/Clinton Trail in the Pequannock Watershed, a volunteer crew sprang into action and through a coordinated effort the trail was quickly cleared by a certified sawyers and swampers.
Once again our thanks go out to these dedicated volunteers, who this time consisted of: Tom Carr, Pete Zuroff, Jonathan Martin, and Bob Jonas (not pictured because he was taking the photographs). –Bob Jonas, Central North Jersey Co-Chair.