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Stoneworms

Building high quality hiking and riding trails is difficult. It is an almost lost art. There is artistry in the location, construction with native materials and attention to the environment through which the trails go. We know of expert staff, have experience, and have access to modern equipment to build these trails (not roads). Trails are a first essential to learning the land, exploring its potentials, avoiding resource conflicts, creating primary firebreaks, and opening the areas for year-around profitable use.

A well-trained and equipped crew, the Stoneworms, is needed.

Official Avi is a primary user of the service. Trails between campsite will be important. Campers and the Wildland Crew may help in maintaining some trails.

After development of trails throughout the area, services can be marketed to public land agencies, gardeners, and others. Mark Shepard, New Forest Farm, PO Box 24, Viola WI 54664 (608-627-1772) does contract planting (custom planting) of large numbers of larger trees and may be able to suggest somewhat related pricing and other strategies.

The work needed is in trail layout (with GIS optimization), trail construction (with special trails for the handicapped), trail maintenance and supervision, and trail signs (see Products Group and Viewscape).

See units of the Trevey for details:

Special work will be needed for the Stables group for horseback riding trails. Pastures and rangelands present special trail building and maintenance problems (see the Range and Pasture Group). Work with substances from the Walnut Vales will be likely.

Estimated development costs....$190,000

Estimated 5th year profits...... $20,000

The Rollers

The courts throughout the state require juvenile offenders to perform community service. Often there are only meaningless and often demeaning tasks to perform. We propose to contact the courts to work with the conservation and educational objectives of the Lasting Forests and assign youth and others to work on trails within the Forests. Specially selected staff will work to provide healthful, meaningful positive outdoor work experiences. Benefits will be the equivalent of minimum hourly wages not otherwise required.

Special equipment, Bobcats (http://www.bobcat.com/worksaver/01sum/attupdate3.html)

Sample Text for Projects: November, 2000

SUMMARY: The Forest Service intends to prepare an environmental impact statement to disclose the environmental consequences of the proposed Interface Recreation Trails Project on the Calaveras Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest. The agency proposes to design a system of recreation routes, determine the uses that can occur on each route in the system, and develop measures to protect natural resources on approximately 8,600 acres of National Forest System lands. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain bike riding, off-highway vehicle riding, and street legal vehicle riding are the uses being considered in this analysis. The purpose of the proposal is to provide a variety of recreation opportunities for route users while protecting the natural resources, minimizing conflicts between recreationists and others, and promoting public safety.

Development cost.....$30,000

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