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Truckee Trails Foundation crews giving TLC to local favorites

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The Martin family — Dan and Sonja, owners of Tahoe Oral Surgery and Implant Center, with their kids at Emigrant Trail Day.

Hiking and mountain biking are top-rated activities in and around Truckee every summer, and for the Truckee Trails Foundation, that also means it's time to send crews out to give our much loved trails the maintenance attention they deserve.

For six years, TTF, in partnership with U.S. Forest Service and Truckee Donner Land Trust, has held volunteer days that allow trail users to give back to their favorite dirt paths.

Funded each year by a generous grant from the Vail Echo Resorts Program, "Good Dirty Fun" is a way for trail users to work with experienced crew members to help keep trails in shape while learning a few trail maintenance skills.

Led by Kevin Starr of TTF and Truckee Donner Land Trust, three volunteer days have already produced great results this summer on the Sawtooth Trail (sponsored by Tahoe Mountain Guides, Cyclepaths and Tahoe Sports Hub), the Land Trust's Elizabethtown Trail (sponsored by Starthaus), and Emigrant Trail (sponsored by Tahoe Oral Surgery & Implant Center).

With two more volunteer days left this season, users should continue to see improvement in trail conditions throughout the summer.

"We're thrilled that trail use is a top priority of locals and visitors every year, and it's nice to see so many volunteers willing to give back to the trails they love," said Allison Pedley, TTF executive director.

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Much needed maintenance

And while TTF is seeing record turnout from volunteers so far this year, there's a lot of work that needs to be left to a full-time crew.

For that, TTF brings out Joe Saksa and Connor Swift, who work all summer, removing logs from trails, fixing drains, building rock walls, and giving trails the added expertise they need.

This work, also made possible through the USFS and Land Trust partnership, is critical to keeping our area trails healthy and growing.

"The Tahoe National Forest's Partnership with the Truckee Trail Foundation has once again proved to be extremely valuable this season," said Joe Flannery with the Tahoe National Forest. "Together, we will be completing much needed deferred trail maintenance and trail improvements on some of the Truckee Ranger District's both beautiful and well-loved trails."

Saksa and Swift join Starr and volunteers on sponsored Saturdays, where the team together ensures participants feel good about their work, and learn a thing or two about the fundamental physics of trails, and even have a little fun.

Future 'Good Dirty Fun' volunteer trail days

Hole in the Ground Trail (sponsored by The BackCountry): Saturday, Aug. 1; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Shirley Canyon Trail (sponsored by Squaw Valley Ski Holdings and Plump Jack): Saturday, Aug. 15; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To register for a volunteer trail day, visit truckeetrails.org. For questions, contact Kevin Starr at kevintruckeetrails@gmail.com.

TTF is a locally based nonprofit that envisions a system of trails that will connect people and places, promote our economy, and improve our physical, social, and environmental health.

Truckee Trails Foundation advocates for the building and maintenance of trails to ensure that they are safe and environmentally sustainable.

This article was submitted by the Truckee Trails Foundation; for information, call 530-587-8214 or visit truckeetrails.org.