With half a million acres to tidy up, the Payson Ranger District needs a little help.
Fortunately, a growing cadre of Rim Country volunteers has responded to Forest Service pleas for volunteers to help mend trails and haul out trash.
This weekend, the Clean Team will strike again to help rangers repair trails and repair the damage done by careless visitors.
“We don’t want this to just be about trash clean up,” said Payson Ranger District Head Ranger Angie Elam. “We want to make it meaningful for volunteers.”
The Payson Ranger District has another volunteer workday planned for Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at City Creek Trailhead.
The trailhead is located 11 miles down Doll Baby Road (Forest Road 406).
To get to the trailhead: continue down Main Street past the sewage plant. At the plant, the road turns to dirt and volunteers will drive through two drainages after which the road again turns to pavement. After seven miles, volunteers will drive through private lands known as Simonton Flat after which the road turns back to dirt. Continue up the hill and look for Forest Service vehicles at the trailhead.
Rangers Rachel Hohl and Chelsea Muise ask that volunteers wear close-toed footwear, long pants, and dress for the weather and bring snacks and water. All tools will be provided.
Elam said these workdays are not designed as solely clean up trash days, although with half a million acres in the Payson Ranger District, any clean up help reduces the load on the Forest Service employees dedicated to simply cleaning up trash.
Elam said Hohl and Muise also need help with trail maintenance on the Mazatzal Divide Trail on Saturday.