Volunteers Help Park Rangers Complete Post-Sandy Trail Cleanup

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Volunteers from JORBA and the Volunteer Park Patrol work for open that Somerset County Park Commission trails at Washington Valley Park and the Sourland Mountain Preserve following the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. (Photo courtesy of the Somerset Park Commission)

Volunteers from JORBA and the Volunteer Park Patrol work for open that Somerset County Park Commission trails at Washington Valley Park and the Sourland Mountain Preserve following the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. (Photo courtesy of the Somerset Park Commission)

BRIDGEWATER – More than ten weeks following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy the Somerset County Park Commission Rangers and the Volunteer Park Patrol have completed the cleanup of nearly 20 miles of trails in the Sourland Mountain Preserve and Washington Valley Park.

“Without the help of JORBA (Jersey Off Road Bicycling Association), we would not even be able to estimate a completion date,” commented Dave Dendler, CPRP, RA, Manager, Park Rangers. “Thanks to their volunteer efforts, the trails are open and safe for all to use.”

The Volunteer Park Patrol is a group of volunteers dedicated to assisting visitors through trail patrols and maintaining trails in Washington Valley Park and the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Historically the group has been instrumental in helping maintain trail conditions to the high maintenance standards set for the county’s trails.

Immediately following the Hurricane, representatives of JORBA called Dendler to offer the human resources of their organization to assist the Rangers and the Volunteer Park Patrols in reopening the trail system. Over the course of the past two months, teams of volunteers worked with the Rangers every weekend that they were on site at the two facilities.

“JORBA and others saved us an amazing amount of time and money recovering from Sandy. Everyone from the Commissioners to the rangers thank them for their efforts,” concluded Dendler.


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