National Public Lands Day took place on September 24, 2011. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in the United States.
Meghan worked on the Blizzard Pass Trail near Grand Lake, Colorado, which is part of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest. Meghan, along with 20 other volunteers, built approximately 170 feet of “turnpike.” Turnpikes are used to elevate the trail above wet ground. The technique uses fill material to build up the trail base higher than the surrounding water table.
The 2011 NPLD Blizzard Pass Volunteers and Staff
The Turnpike is Built with a Culvert Below to Allow Water to Flow Underneath
Soil and Rock is Added to Fill the Turnpike
The Completed Turnpike is Behind Meghan. Without This Section of Turnpike the Trail Resembles a Swamp!
Members of the Colorado OHV Statewide Trail Crew Showcasing Their Work