S&S Trails has had the privilege to develop a working relationship with the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center in Cedar Hill, TX. We have helped design a section of ADA trail on the lower portion of the land and oversaw a volunteer group from Altria Corp to help perform the corridor work needed to open the trail so that the improved surface material could be put down. S&S Trails also led the Altria volunteers in cleaning up poorly cut limbs and pungees from the existing hiking trail.
S&S Also helped the Audubon Center by redesigning a fall line section of trail that was at a 28% grade. Watching hikers climb to the top of it and seeing the exhaustion on their faces, we realized that not only was it an erosion issue, but also a social sustainability issue. S&S designed a reroute to go around the section, climbing up a steep hillside and offering views of the canyon that were not afforded before.
In January, S&S taught a trail school to 22 volunteers and park staff at the Dogwood Canyon site. The trail school constructed the previously designed reroute and designed a new section of trail to allow access to the dogwood trees that the park is known for. A few weeks after the school, S&S received an email from the center saying that after a huge rain, there was no impact to the new section of trail. We consider that the proof in the pudding!