Beaufort partners with volunteers for trail upkeep

emoody@beaufortgazette.comDecember 14, 2013 

A bicyclist enjoys the marsh view while riding on the Spanish Moss Trail.

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  • Want to adopt?

    To adopt a section of the Spanish Moss Trail, call 843-525-6348 or email lhill@cityofbeaufort.org.

The city of Beaufort is looking to residents, organizations and businesses to landscape parts of the Spanish Moss Trail through an adopt-a-section program.

Among the groups that have already volunteered are Southern Palmetto Landscapes Inc., which will tend to the Westvine Drive Trailhead; the Beaufort Planning Group, which is taking on the trail's intersection with Allison Road; and the Native Plant Society, for the Rogers Drive intersection.

The program enables people to support the trail and community, said city landscape architect Liza Hill. Ideal participants are garden clubs, local landscaping companies or even residents who live nearby and want to be involved in the trail's upkeep, she said.

Participants agree to:

  • Visit the trail at least once a week during the growing season to remove litter and report maintenance or other problems

  • Trim around signs, fence posts and other obstacles after mowing.

  • Clear trail of debris such as limbs and rocks.

  • Optional activities include:

  • Weeding beds, planting annuals, fertilizing and watering the landscaped area.

  • Installing birdhouses, bird feeders and preapproved community bulletin boards.

  • Adding landscaping and mulch.

  • Edging trail and beds after mowing.

  • Organizing volunteers to trim tree branches, repair eroded areas and replace seed and straw.

  • Groups agree to adopt their sections for a year and may put up a sign to let people know they agreed to take care of that area.

    Bud Martin, owner of Southern Palmetto Landscapes Inc., said adopting part of the trail made sense when Hill approached him about the project. Not only had his company worked on the most recent section of the trail, between Ribaut and Allison roads, but Martin lives nearby and frequently uses the walking and biking path.

    "I live just right down the road in Spanish Point, and I'm a runner and a biker," he said, adding that his 9- and 10-year-old sons love to ride their bikes with him.

    Company employees are frequently in Beaufort, so he plans to put the Westvine Trailhead on the scheduled maintenance route so it can be looked after efficiently.

    Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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