If you are motivated to do some trail work on something that you would like to see addressed, please let one of the TC's know (myself or Ron). Send us a PM from this forum or email email@example.com. We want to make sure that all efforts are coordinated, are acceptable according to DNR guidelines and work together to achieve the best possible balance for different trail sections or loops (sustainability, riding styles and preferences, degree of difficulty, environmental impact, etc.). We use the IMBA Trail Solutions book http://www.imba.com/resources/trail-building as a guide for maintenance and improvement. At bottom right on this web page, check out the free "Trail Building and Design" papers. This will give you some idea of the detail in the book and the detail that potentially goes into trail improvement planning. There are many more things to consider than you might think.
So... if you have a project in mind... (like the regrading of muddy spots on North)... just run it by us. If it makes sense (all things considered)... we'll give you the green light to do the work and may even rally some resources to pitch in to get it done. North is very flat and so the options to deal with water are very limited. Re-grading is somewhat helpful, but only temporary unless you can take advantage of very small changes in elevation. Permanent fixes are more likely limited to armoring (i.e. with rock) or bridging over consistently wet areas.
lawn dart wrote: I got in trouble for working on the trail (filling low muddy spots on North) without official CRAMBA/DNR clearance.
Small work projects like this can be very helpful if well thought out and if attempting to provide the best practice solution for a given trail section/problem. We need all the help we can get... so let's work together.