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Easter Jeep Safari 2015: Restoration For Recreation Project

Posted in Moab Experience: 2015 on March 31, 2015
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For about 50 people, the fourth day of the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari began on the trail. But they weren’t wheeling, they were building. What were they building? The answer to that question is fence. You see, they were part of the Tread Lightly! Seven Mile Rim Trail & Wipe Out Hill “Restoration For Recreation” Project.

All of these folks were volunteers who gave up a day of wheeling to build fence for the Tread Lightly! Restoration For Recreation project.

The project goals were to construct approximately one-half-mile of fencing along Seven Mile Rim Trail and around Wipe-Out Hill to keep the area looking natural and to help clearly identify the trail in order to protect the public’s access and opportunities to enjoy this very popular trail and scenic overlook.

The plan called for using T-posts and wire, except around Wipe Out Hill where buck and rail fence was built for a more aesthetically pleasing look and to not obstruct the scenic view.

All of the folks in attendance were volunteers and each graciously gave up almost a full day of wheeling to help complete the project. The reasons they donated their time and energy on a beautiful Utah day were varied. Levi Jansma said, “We’re here to make sure these trails are still here to enjoy for future generations. We bring our daughters out every year and we want to make sure they can bring their children out, and still enjoy this.” When we put the question to Shelley Krehbiel, her response was, “My life is so good. This is an opportunity to give back. Our industry is so important to us and we want it to continue, so this is our way to make an impact.”

This is the sight that greeted the volunteers when they arrived. Over 600 16-foot logs that would be used to create the buck and rail fence. These logs were sourced from trees that had been killed by the pine bark beetle.

Also in attendance were representatives from Tread Lightly! partners. Mark McGuinness, vice president of Discount Tire and Andrew Hoit, vice president of sales for Falken Tire North America joined in the work.

A tip of the hat to all of these volunteers for their hard work! See the photo gallery for lots more photos!

It was amazing to watch the fencing appear as the volunteers swooped into action.
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