Well trail clearing isn't easy, but reporting the hours you spend trail clearing is!
One of the most important functions of PANTRA is to demonstrate to the non-motorized trail users, and Government Trail Managers, the asset we are in keeping trails open and accessible for everybody by clearing trails of fallen trees.
In short, if we didn't clear the single track trails, nobody would. The USFS, IDPR, and DNR don't have the budgets or manpower to clear all our trails and it's not very practical for non-motorized trail users to pack around a chainsaw for miles on end to clear trails.
An example of our value would be the old Chilco to Horse Haven trail (Trail #14A). When off-road motorcycles were allowed, the trail was cleared every season. After only one Winter after the motorized vehicle ban, the trail became difficult to hike because of all the downed trees you had to climb over. After several seasons without being cleared, Trail #14A has all but disappeared.
In the past, PANTRA has collected trail clearing data from our members through postings on our Facebook Group Page and a fill-out-mail-in form. Neither collection method has been efficient or convenient. Now that's all changed!
By selecting "Call to Action" on our website menu, you will be able to access the "EZ Trail Clearing Form". The form literally only takes 60 SECONDS to fill out and the data is automatically recorded in spreadsheet form. You can view yours, and others, trail clearing data in real time on the "Trail Clearing Data" page and get an idea of what trails have been cleared and to see the cumulative amount of hours that trail riders have spent clearing trails for everybody. You can also go to the "Trail Clearing Photos" page and see the impressive amount of work that's been done.
After trail clearing, help us preserve your access to ride these trails by taking 60 seconds and fill out the EZ Trail Clearing Form. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!!