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Trail Watch 2013

Trail Safety Projects

Trail safety brushing projects are focusing on improving sight lines, increasing off trail visibility into densely wooded areas, and creating defensible space against fire.  The urban standards for these efforts were adopted following safe sight distances in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles found in many urban areas and Fire Wise guidelines by the Anchorage Fire Department.

Next event:

                             National Trails Day Safety Project

                                    June 1st 8:30am-1:00pm

     Northern Lights Bike Trail Improvements at Earthquake Park

Project Focus

The project goals are to increase trail safety, reduce fire fuels, and reduce wildlife surprises by thinning dense black spruce trees and thinning underbrush around blind corners.  Work will focus from the park parking lot on the Connector Trail to the T.K. Coastal Trail and east on the Northern Lights Bike Trail.  Brush will be stacked along the side of the trail and chipped by Community Works Service or Parks and Recreation.

Time Line

Volunteers should arrive at the Earthquake Park parking lot, off West Northern Lights, between 8:15 and 8:30am reporting to the Trail Watch project leaders (John McCleary and Phil Manke).  Look for "Trail Watch at Work" signs.  The workday is scheduled to start after a volunteer safety meeting and fininsh approximately by 1:00pm.

Support and Supplies

Volunteers are asked to be prepared with appropriate weather gear, work boots, work gloves, water, and sweat band/small face towel. Loppers and hand saws will be provided with protective eye wear and other personal protective equipment (PPE) if needed by volunteers.  All chainsaw volunteers must either be Red Card certified or have undergone documented training of chainsaw operation prior to the day of the event.  PPE is required at all times for all chainsaw users including but not limited to: Chaps, hard hat, ear and eye protection, gloves, andwork boots. Long sleeve shirts and pants are recommended. 

Volunteer Thank You Lunch

Trail Watch Thank You lunch will be provided by the Anchorage Park Foundation and held at the parking lot staging area. Trail Watch project leaders will be serving food and refreshments beginning around 12:30pm. 

Project Benefit

This project will provide TW program exposure, benefit a wide range of trail users, compliment work being done along the entire Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Earthquake Park in 2011/2012, and will meet a Trail Watch goal of increasing trail safety and visibility.  The work will open visibility into the forest, reducing fire fuels as well as reducing blind corners and wildlife/human surprises with trail user groups and visitors who use the trail for biking, running, walking dogs, relaxation and personal health. 

Contact Information

For more project or program information, please contact Mirna Estrada, Volunteer Coordinator, at 907-343-4587.


    • Parks and Recreation
    • Director: John Rodda
    • 632 W 6th Avenue, Suite 630, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-4355