Students make the grade with trail restoration project

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Photo courtesy Stephen Durham Eighth-graders join forces with the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Area Trails Council and Retro Metro Kids to complete its capstone service project last Thursday. Together, they restored approximately one-quarter mile of the Treasure Falls Trail that a mudslide destroyed in the 1980s.
Photo courtesy Stephen Durham
Eighth-graders join forces with the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Area Trails Council and Retro Metro Kids to complete its capstone service project last Thursday. Together, they restored approximately one-quarter mile of the Treasure Falls Trail that a mudslide destroyed in the 1980s.

By Chris Hinger
Special to The SUN

Last Thursday, the eighth-grade class joined forces with the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Area Trails Council and Retro Metro Kids to complete its capstone service project. Together, they restored approximately one-quarter mile of the Treasure Falls Trail that a mudslide destroyed in the 1980s.

Over 100 students and staff worked alongside the Pagosa Ranger District trails crew and several Trails Council members to reconstruct the old trail that travels along the east side of Fall Creek up to the bridge and observation deck. The large crew worked up the trail in a line, with the first wave trimming branches and removing fallen logs. Next, the crew used shovels to dig and loosen the dirt that had eroded and collapsed onto the trail surface. This was followed by a crew raking excess dirt off the trail, creating a smooth walking surface. Finally, students compacted the newly restored trail by walking up and down the trail, admiring their work.

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