Adopt-a-Trail Application Process
- Visit the trail to determine if it is a match for your group or organization. Consider the terrain and access to your section of trail.
- Review the Trail Maintenance Standards in the Adopt-A-Trail Procedure Manual.
- Assess whether your group has sufficient commitment and manpower to maintain the trail section for 3 to 5 years.
- Download and submit the Adopt-a-Trail Application or request an application packet by calling 248-969-8660.
- Submit PAT Volunteer Hold Harmless Agreement Forms for all group members.
- Await approval from the PATMC before beginning work.
- Once approved, submit regular maintenance forms to report your trail work and hours of service using the downloadable Maintenance Activity Form.
Overview of Trail Maintenance Requirements
Preserving the quality of the trail experience, while providing a minimal level of soil and vegetation disturbance should be the goals of trail workers. The following priorities should be considered in this order whenever trail maintenance is performed:
- User and volunteer safety
- Natural resource protection
- User and volunteer convenience
Basic trail maintenance may include the following:
- Keeping the trail clear of uncomplicated windfalls, brush and annual vegetation at a minimum width of 8’ wide by 8-12’ tall.
- Making an assessment of the condition of the trail and reporting problems that need attention.
- Reporting signs that are missing, inaccurate or damaged.
- Suggest reasonable improvements for the trail.
Let someone know where you are
Carry a small first aid kit
Wear a good pair of work gloves to protect your hands and safety glasses to protect your eyes
Secure hair and wear bug spray and sunscreen or a hat
Wear long pants, even in summer, when working in brush
Be certain that all tool heads and handles are tight with no cracks
Wear sturdy leather boots when digging or using cutting tools
Carry tools on the trail safely
Wear blaze orange colors when working during firearm hunting season.