Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Holidays from the Trail Masons

Wishing you all Safe and Happy Holidays

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Thank You Thomas Jefferson

206yrs ago (1803), The US made one of the best investments ever, when it acquired the Louisiana Purchase. Where some of the Nations best outdoor recreation destinations are located including WyCo.

(Map from Frank Bond, "Louisiana " and the Louisiana Purchase
Washington, Government Printing Office, 1912. Map No. 4)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wyandotte County signs MOU with Trail Masons

Albeit the news is a little late.....Wyandotte County Parks & Recreation entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on November 20th, 2009 with the Trail Masons Association. This MOU documents that the Trail Masons are allowed to develop, build and maintain bridle, hiking and mountain biking trails at Wyandotte County Lake Park. This is a very big deal for both the UGWC and the Trail Masons. This MOU is in affect for the next five years with the option of renewal at that time. Please watch for more workday announcements and updates on our progress. There is much opportunity for sustainable trails WyCo. Come out sometime, check out the new trails and join us on a workday or two. You'll be amazed at the difference between the new and old.......

Trail Mason Jim

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Local Trail Workday Schedule

There are a number workdays scheduled over the next couple of months for several trail systems in the Kansas City area. If you would like to learn about how trails get built and maintained, you should try to attend one or more of these events. If you are a trail user, this is the opportunity to give back to the trails community through a couple hours of work. Volunteers at these events help ensure great places to have fun.

Local Trails Workday Schedule

Swope Park - November 7th, 8:00am to 12:00pm
Wyandotte County Lake Park - November 21st, 8:00am to 12:00pm
Landahl Park - Janurary 16th, 8:00am to 12:00pm

You can learn more about local trail building and maintenance opportunities at the following sites:

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Trail Mason Works on Trails in San Diego

120 Volunteers

While at a the Outdoor Industry Association's Rendezvous in San Diego, CA this past week, I got the opportunity to participate in the community service project they organize as part of the conference. Timberland is the Organizer and main sponsor of the service project. This year the service project was at Balboa City Park in San Diego, CA. There were two projects to chose from, Trail building or invasive plant removal...... wasn't a tough choice for me.



After working for about an hour moving brush I spotted a mattock and asked the Ranger if there was any bench cutting to be done. Looking a little surprised at my choice of words, he said, "Yes, we need to cut the slope on the up hill side of the trail down...." Needless to say, after last Saturday's NPLD event at WyCo, I couldn't wait to do a little more bench cutting..... I soon inherited the bench cutting responsibility and had about a dozen folks off and on working on this project. We were able to complete about 100 yards in about three hours.

They came up with a neat little recognition  program for volunteers that stood out called the "Trail Soldier Award." In order to be considered you had to be nominated by a peer including a verbal description of why the nominee was deserving. Nominees names were yelled out along with statements about why they deserved special recognition. It was a lot of fun and the folks recognized really seemed to be thrilled with the attention. This might be something we consider at our work days.

I know how much work and help it takes to get ready for one of our workdays that has 30-50 volunteers. This project had 120 volunteers (that's three Greyhound Buses full of people). The folks at Timberland did an awesome job at organizing this event. They should be proud of how this group of Outdoor Industry professional came together to leave San Diego just a little better then when we arrived.

This is the only conference I have ever attended that has a community service project associated with the event. Besides the great speakers, topics and networking, the community service project is enough for me to chose this as a must attend event.....

Sunday, September 27, 2009

National Public Lands Day Event Great Success

The Trail Masons' first official event at Wyandotte County Lake Park to celebrate National Public Lands Day was a great success. Many thanks to the 26 volunteers that cleared corridor for about 3/4 mile of new trail and bench cut nearly 1/2 mile of trail. The weather was great, cool and overcast through most of the day. We had one group that started at about 8:00am and then another group showed up just before lunch and worked until about 3:30pm.  We had plenty of tools compliments of Gerber Legendary blades and great give aways from Dynamic Earth. Read more about the event at

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Congratulations to the American Hiking Society

National Trail Day Sees 47% Hike in Events - as reported on SportsOneSource Media - Posted: 9/10/2009

The American Hiking Society said 2009 was a record breaking year for its 17th annual National Trails Day (NTD) with a 47% increase in the number of events registered from 2008 to 2009.... Read the entire article at