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Tahoe Rim Trail begins new season of trail maintenance

Sierra Sun staff reports
Courtesy photoPeople of all ages are welcome to lend a hand in the trail cleanup effort.
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The Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s official Beginning of the Season Work Day is on Saturday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“It’s our big event that kicks off the whole summer,” said Tahoe Rim Trail Association Associate Director Erin Casey. “It gives people a chance to get out there and see what we’re all about.”

Casey said she expects about 50 people at the event, which has occurred annually for more than 10 years, she said. It kicks off a busy season that encourages public participation.

“I think it’s (importance) is huge,” Casey said. “It’s our way of inviting people and introducing them to an opportunity that people will have for months.”

Every Tuesday and Saturday until Oct. 9, the association will hold work days to clean up and improve the trails.

The opening event will be at Tahoe Meadows Trailhead located on Highway 431 between Incline Village and Reno. The Trailhead is located about a half mile from the summit on the lake side. Families are welcome, and lunch will be provided.

The initial cleanup day celebrates the snowmelt and the start of summer for many trail users and volunteers. Volunteering is a beneficial way for trail users to show their appreciation for public recreation trails.

Tasks will be available for volunteers interested in all levels of physical ability, from easy to strenuous. Volunteers must wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, boots and work gloves as required by the US Forest Service; bring sunscreen, bug spray, and plenty of water. Check the weather reports and bring additional clothing as necessary. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association will provide hard hats and all trail tools.

To participate, register by Friday, June 18, by calling 775-298-0012 or e-mailing the Tahoe Rim Trail office at info@tahoerimtrail.org. For more information about how to become a Tahoe Rim Trail member or volunteer, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site at http://www.tahoerimtrail.org.