August on a very dry El Prieto.

Sunday August 17th, thirteen MWBA volunteers braved the heat and worked hard on El Prieto.  Brush had grown heavily throughout El Prieto despite conditions dryer than many of us have ever seen in the canyon.  It was a very successful day thanks to the big number of people who showed up to help.

Tailgate sandwiches & cold drinks wrapped up a good day on El Prieto.  A big thank you to all the volunteers who came out to spruce up El P!

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Roguing on Sunset

Norma Desmond on Sunset, voguing it up before Madonna was born.

Even Norma Desmond welcomes you to Sunset.

I’m not talking ’bout Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, desperately preparing for her final close-up, I’m talking about doing trail work on Sunset Ridge with very little training and no support from the Forest Service and/or a local chapter of IMBA such as MWBA or CORBA.

If you see work that needs to be done please contact us on our facebook page, on twitter, or email us and let us know.  Even if you do have experience in trail work, don’t go rogue. You still have to get permission from the Forest Service. If you don’t, they might get rogue on your ass. In other words, the Forest Service will do what they can to stop you, which includes a fine and a possible court hearing. It’s all in a code which means it’s serious.

Per Title 36 CFR it is a citable offense to cut or damage any timber, tree or other forest product; damage any natural feature or property of the US Government; or dig, excavate, disturb, injure, destroy, etc. resources or property of the US Government – and the offender can be fined or required to appear in court, or both.

Don’t rogue the trails! Instead, come out and join us so you can learn the proper skills and techniques to be a bad-ass trail blazer! Plus, you get a lunch on us! Not too shabby. And unlike Norma’s ill-fated lover, Joe, you will live to see another day.

But if all else fails, see below; pictures are worth a thousand words. The one on the left is the wrong way to create a drainage channel, the one on the right is the proper way to create a drainage channel.

Rogue drainage

Wrong way to build a drainage channel on a trail. This is damaging and undermines sustainability.

This channel doesn’t damage the trail and is effective at moving the water off the trail into a drainage area. The rocks are there to alert users the drainage channel is not another path.

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