Clearing debris on the trail is one way FLMSP addresses its number one priority: safety. Fallen leaves can be slippery, especially when wet, and they also may hide other trail hazards. The volunteers who operate our debris blower, purchased with grant money from Loveland's 2012 Amazing Race, have been busy ridding the trail of leaves, twigs, nuts and fruit that accumulate in the fall. Look at the difference in these before-and-after photos.
Blowing frequency depends not only on amount of debris, but also on the weather (wet leaves are stubborn) and on availability of volunteers. The Little Miami State Park is 55 miles long, and the blower must be aimed at each side separately, so it's a 110-mile drive up and back at low speed to clear the entire trail. Often clearing is done a section at a time. If you'd like to know more or to help out, please contact Tony Blizniak at firstname.lastname@example.org or reply to this e-newsletter.
This beautiful bridge over the river at Miamiville really collects the leaves. Bill Schwinn's Adopt-a-Trail crew ran the blower, but many leaves were caught in the vegetation around the fence. Volunteers cleared these by hand, removing a bottom fence board to push away debris. The board will be replaced when the leaves are all down.
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