Halfway Through the Summer: A DC Trail Ranger Report
The DC Trail Ranger team has been up and running this year since the beginning of April – riding the Metropolitan Branch, Anacostia River, Marvin Gaye and Suitland Parkway trails doing outreach and maintenance with our distinctive green bikes and yellow trailers (say hi if you see us!). We’ve organized guided bike tours, joined massive festivals, popped up with ice water on hot days, and played hundred of games of trail etiquette trivia.
But in between the bigger events, the team is out on the trails keeping them safe and passable – glass removed, vegetation trimmed, trash gone. What does 275 hours of trail cleanup look like?
Blackberry vines encroaching on the Metropolitan Branch Trail
A job well done – on to the other fence!
Ethel Kennedy (Benning) Bridge often has a layer of glass and gravel
One shift later, its the cleanest that bridge has been in a while!
Vegetation on the Anacostia River Trail on the west bank near Sousa Bridge
I think there is a sidewalk under that?
Yep! We moved as much as we could with hand tools
Vines encroaching on the already narrow sidewalk of the Frederick Douglass Bridge on the Anacostia River Trail
A free sidewalk
The creek banks at Kenilworth Park on the Anacostia River Trail are full of fast growing invasive plants
Clear for now (give it a few weeks and we’ll be back)
The Paul Meijer Tulip Garden…
has boxwood plants too!
A notoriously narrow section of the Suitland Parkway Trail (Alabama Ave is ahead)
A bit more wiggle room for trail users
This trailside resident took a fall in our last storm
It was a three person job – but the tree is off the Marvin Gaye trailbed.