Trails and Access- Lakes Region Conservation Corps
Trail maintenance occurs throughout the winter and spring months. When the ground is clear of snow LRCC members may find themselves clearing water bars, implementing erosion control efforts, and creating new trails within the Squam Range. Once the ground freezes, LRCC members spend their time on the trails lopping overgrown brush, clearing blow-downs, and blazing. Work for the trails can also be completed in the workshop, where AmeriCorps members might route or paint new trails signs.
Many of the SLA's recreation centers require snow removal during the winter months in order to allow continued use of these resources by community members and visitors to the region. The recreation centers include trail heads, ice rinks, and the SLA headquarters building. LRCC members will learn how to operate a snow plow and snow blower in order to keep these recreation centers open to the public. The duties of snow management are weather dependent and often allow for time to work on other projects.
In the month of February, SLA hosts Winterfest, a popular community event that includes ice skating in SLA’s cove, sledding, a chili cook-off, and numerous other activities. Over the course of January LRCC members spend time preparing for Winterfest. Most of this preparation time is spent in snow removal, ranging from the clearing of the ice rinks to ensuring continued access to the SLA headquarters building.