Do you love the Pinhoti Trail and want to keep it great? Then this is the program for you! The goal of the Pinhoti Ridgerunner program is to extend the reach of the Wild Alabama in the Talladega National Forest (TNF) and to ensure a consistent level of maintenance to Forest Service standards. Each section of the Pinhoti Trail within the TNF will be assigned a dedicated volunteer Ridgerunner similar to the model employed across sections of the Appalachian Trail. The Ridgerunner is responsible for regular patrols of their allocated section of trail, condition reporting, routine light maintenance, trash collection, and campfire rehabbing. Interested in joining the team? Email Jonathan@WildAL.org with any questions!
Program Goals & Objectives
EDUCATE wilderness visitors on Leave No Trace ethics, the Wilderness Act, the importance of preserving wilderness characteristics, etc.
INFORM the public about closure orders, site-specific regulations, etc.
MONITOR trail conditions, public use numbers, invasive species, etc.
LEAD by example through stewardship workdays, trail maintenance, picking up trash, etc.
REPORT illegal actions, suspected wilderness violations, public safety concerns, etc.