Over the last two years, MMWD has been conducting “Project Restore” to remove undesirable and unofficial trails on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. The third phase of Project Restore will pick up where the district left off last year in the Kent Trail-High Marsh area on the north side of Mt. Tamalpais. (Please note, access to Music Camp will not be affected in this phase.) Unofficial trails in this area are notorious for misleading hikers, resulting in many of the district’s search and rescue efforts.
The main objectives of this phase will be to:
1) better define the system routes to help people from getting lost;
2) decommission redundant, confusing trails; and
3) minimize the impact of the trail system on natural resources when practicable.
This phase of the project will be reviewed as a part of the district’s Road and Trail Work Plan for 2011 at the regularly scheduled Watershed Committee meeting at the district’s main offices, 220 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, Thursday, March 31, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. If you would like more information, please contact Watershed Manager Mike Swezy.
The district thanks all watershed visitors for their cooperation in staying on official trails and respecting the habitat restoration work in these locations, which will be fenced or signed to alert visitors to stay out. Like last year, district rangers will be making a special effort to monitor the closed areas and will issue citations if necessary.
If you’d like to help the district maintain the watershed’s official trail network or improve its natural habitat, please consider volunteering at one of our Trail Crews on the first Saturday of each month. And for the months of July, August and September, the volunteer Trail Crews are scheduled to help out on Project Restore. Check our website’s volunteer page for details. You can also help by refraining from creating new trails and reporting unauthorized trail building.