Plants, 1,000,000; Trail Crew, 1

That’s a little bit how it felt at the start of the Cornish Trail at the base of Mount Taurus in Hudson Highlands State Park last Saturday. Though maintainers pass through the corridor regularly, the greenery—much of it invasive and prickly multifloral rose—very quickly surges back and seems to dare hikers to pass by.

An ad hoc trail crew comprising trail maintainers from all over, out to learn some Advanced Trail Maintenance techniques while hiking and working in the park, helped tame the path, yet again. In these photos: Step 1, Clear thick foliage to uncover a blowdown obstructing the trail. Step 2, Cut the blowdown. Step 3, Remove the blowdown. Result: A cleared trail.

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Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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