Annual Volunteer Custodian Training draws Interest

Spurwink Island Path

Gord Follett

May 1, 2016

Annual Volunteer Custodian Training draws Interest

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Ten new custodians turned out for an introduction to the custodian program led by Linda Cohen, chief custodian.

Following an overview of the custodian’s duties  to hike the assigned path and prepare a brief prioritized report on the condition of the trail  the group proceeded from the Cobblers Path trailhead at Dorans Lane along the boardwalk toward Torbay Point and Redcliff.

Enroute, it was noted that several boardwalk logs had risen or sunken into the mud, making the boardwalk a little wobbly. One major blocker  an 8 inch diameter tree blown over and across the trail  was noted on our map. A few storm damaged trees leaning over the trail, were noted as stable or unstable. Wet areas where drainage on the treadway could be addressed were marked
as well as side trails without signage or clarification as to the correct route. Survey pins are noted and narrowing of the path in areas where trail maintenance and brushing would improve the hikers safe passage are marked on the map as well.

A break at Cobbler Brook and then the return for a different view.

The new custodians are offered a path of their own when one is available and meanwhile, may substitute if a report is needed and the regular custodian is unavailable. The program functions well. The work of the custodians is important. It provides information to the ECTA trail crew in their work plan and supports our due diligence on safety for our insurer.

Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm and dedication.

Story and photos by J. Van Houwelingen

Volunteer custodians: Linda Cohen, Sylvia Warkentin, Pat Ryan, Jim Fitzgerald, Doris Kirby, Zhen Li, Angie O’Brien, Dawn Stewart, Dylan Goudie and Randy Best