Trail Sponsors agree to be responsible for the maintenance of a section of the FLT system. Trail sponsors may be individuals who have responsibility for a particular 5-10 mile stretch of trail, or hiking clubs, trails clubs, scout troops, or other organizations that have responsibility for much longer segments. Sponsor organizations may maintain their segment by assigning individual trail section adopters or they may organize frequent work parties to handle trail maintenance.
Trail Sponsors also agree to keep a log of maintenance activities by trail segment, and to report total hours of trail work, driving time, and administrative work, by trail segment, to the Regional Trail Coordinator at the end of each calendar year. This information is a critical part of FLTC reporting to state and federal agencies.
Individual Trail Sponsors
As an individual Trail Sponsor, you will work with your Regional Trail Coordinator to take care of trail maintenance in your section. If you serve as an individual trail sponsor, you agree to visit your section three times per year. You perform routine maintenance: clear vegetation and fallen branches, refresh blazes and signs as needed, check up on trail infrastructure such as register boxes, benches, bridges, lean-tos, etc. Of course you are free to recruit others to help you meet this responsibility.
To access the services of a roving certified chainsaw operator or for anything else you can’t handle yourself, you will contact the FLTC’s Regional Trail Coordinator who oversees your area.
You will also be invited to attend occasional training meetings in your region.
If your club, troop or other organization is the trail sponsor, you may work under the group’s trails chairperson or other leadership as a “Maintainer” or a “Section Maintainer” to maintain a specific segment of trail and/or work on trail maintenance crews organized by your group. As the Trail Sponsor, your organization has agreed to maintain its segment three times a year and perform the routine maintenance tasks of clearing the trail, refreshing blazes and signs, and inspecting register boxes, bridges and other facilities.
As an organization member, you will work on a specific section of trail that you agree to “adopt,” or you will work on floating work crews coordinated by your trails chairperson. Many organization members will adopt their own section as well as helping out on work crews.
You will be responsible for keeping track of the hours you spend on trail work, driving time, and administrative work for your section of trail, and reporting them to your organization at the end of the year. Generally, the trails chairperson will keep track of hours for organized work parties.
Become a sponsor
Trail sponsorships are available in sections of the trail that are not already sponsored by a local hiking or trails club, or another organization or individual. Contact the FLTC Vice President for Trail Maintenance for more information.