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Date: 2022-09-10
Agency:State Parks
Trail: Malibu Connector Trail, Peter Strauss Ranch
Leader:Greg Sweel
Hours: 28
Status: Completed
Regulars: 5
Casuals: 0
Previous Events
ID Date Leader Hours
8982022-09-10Greg Sweel28.0
Crew Member Hours
Dave Edwards6.00
Dave Perlmutter1.00
Greg Sweel7.50
Jerry Mitcham6.00
John Kross7.50
Summary: This was a routine planned trail maintenance event and a continuation of the National Trails Days event held on June 4th. A crew of 5 met at the Peter Strauss Ranch parking area at 8 am. After signing-in, a safety talk, and distribution of tools we proceeded to the Peter Strauss Ranch Loop Trail and turned up the Malibu Connector Trail. A couple of crew members worked on removing a partially fallen burnt tree while another crew member used a brush cutter to remove vegetation overgrowth from the trail. Near the base of a cluster of bay trees an underground nest of wasps (yellowjackets) was discovered. We created a detour around this area to avoid additional contact with the aggressive wasps. We continued to remove very heavily overgrown vegetation using a brush cutter, loppers, and saws. Lots of poison oak. We turned back and returned the cars and finished at 2 pm. The section of the Malibu Connector Trail from the Loop Trail to the location we ended work on June 4th is in good condition and needs no work at this time. Approximately 0.3 miles in, the trail is very overgrown with brush, burned fallen trees have blocked sections, and the path is difficult to follow beyond this point. We cleared approximately 0.1 miles. We have scheduled a follow-up event for the following Saturday, September 17th to continue clearing this trail. Crew size: 5 Total Hours worked: 25 hours total (4 volunteers 6 hours each, 1 volunteer 1 hour) Total feet of trail evaluated: 520 feet (0.1 miles) Crew Members: John Kross, Greg Sweel, Dave Perlmutter, Dave Edwards, and Jerry Mitcham