In general, most of the "work" the Sandman has done in the past has been an exercise in futility, yet innocuous. However, I'm not a fan of recent work and would ask him to either get with the program and get some training, or, stop doing the work. Covering roots up with sand is one thing. They typically come back after the next rain. Digging out drainage channels at the trough of a depression (instead of at a water bar on a slope to divert water acceleration) is useless, yet generally harmless. However, building up a berm to try to make a non-"flow trail" a flow trail like he did in the Hills of *beep* has proven to be potentially hazardous. Why? The berm is not hardened. It is simply soft sand built up. I was riding behind a guy this weekend who went into it thinking it was a hard berm. It wasn't. His tire sank in and he almost wiped it.
IF YOU ARE DOING ANY TRAIL WORK ON THE POTO OTHER THEN LOPPING OR REMOVAL OF DEADFALL WITH NON-POWER TOOLS, YOU MUST EITHER HAVE THE PERMISSION OF THE DNR EXPLICITLY/DIRECTLY (FROM THE MOUTH OF THE PINCKNEY UNIT MANAGER), OR, IMPLICITLY/INDIRECTLY VIA YOUR SIGNING UP AS A POTO CHAPTER ROUTINE TRAIL MAINTENANCE SECTION ADOPTER (AND, SUBSEQUENTLY AGREEING TO FOLLOW THE WRITTEN TRAIL MAINTENANCE GUIDELINES APPROVED BY THE DNR AND GIVEN TO YOU WHEN YOU SIGNED UP).
Any unauthorized "diggers" should be reported to the Unit Manager, Chuck Dennison, at Silver Lake HQ.
Over winter, we also had someone who took it upon themselves to start doing "landscape work" at the trail by removing large numbers of rocks from the trail tread. The Unit Manger was notified and the person was contacted and told to refrain, or, action would be taken.
I have a 20 year history of trail work and maintenance at the Poto and am currently the DNR/Chapter-approved Poto Chapter Trail Coordinator at Pinckney Rec, and I do not/can't/will not go digging in trail tread without proper clearance from the DNR. So there.
If you have energy and want to be productive, please join as a trail section adopter and we will get you some appropriate training.
Everyone with and idea and a shovel just can't start digging at their every whim on public lands trails.
Poto IMBA Potawatomi Trail Coordinator
Jason Aric Jones, Chair
Waterloo Executive Committee, operating under the Potawatomi Chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA)
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