Non-traditional hybrid contracting concepts bring equipment and volunteers together.
Presenters: Gerry Wilbour, President, Northwest Trails, Inc.; Willie Bittner, Great Lakes Trailbuilders, LLC
Public demand for trails coupled with competitive pressures in the private marketplace for trail services has dramatically increased labor productivity, reduced cost, and improved skills for trails. The use of mechanized, right-sized equipment is an important trend, as is the use of youth crews and volunteers to accomplish trail work. By merging the enthusiasm and community involvement of volunteers and youth corps with the efficiency, expertise, and heavy lift capability of private industry, the non-traditional hybrid contracting concept brings these trends together to deliver some excellent results, but also some challenging situations.
Bring a camera on the trail!
One major benefit of trail tourism is that it is money spent in rural towns and in more economically disadvantaged areas.
Between this month and early May, we will have a series of small, one-day events at Eastern Arizona College (new name of Gila Community College) to help with the relocation of a trail on the campus in Payson. One hour drive from Shea and Hgwy 87.
Developing a trails plan for Rotary Community Park/Little Bear Creek that includes boardwalks through environmentally sensitive area.
Speakers will elaborate on the successes and hurdles in the cultural shift to an economy based upon conservation and utilization of natural assets in rural towns.