Great, thanks. I guess the other thing I wonder about and which
really needs to be the first step, is pre-season trail prep. In
order to have good trails in the winter we need to first take care
of grading, drainage, etc, issues during the summer. I hear a lot
more talk about snow grooming equipment than about earth/stone
grooming, but it's the latter that I need to start on first. Again
this is still probably still at least a few years off for me.
How much of this can I expect to accomplish by writing specific
requirements into lumber sale contracts? Is this a useful place to
start if logging is happening periodically or is the usefulness of
these folks and their equipment limited? (Due either to equipment
limitations or operator unwillingness to work to the required level
What equipment do XC places normally use for trail grading? Standard
bulldozers and backhoes? Do the operators require special training
or coaching for our needs or is their normal skill set adequate?
Can the average non-professional rent the equipment and do an adequate
job as a do-it-yourself project or does it require special skills?
Is there a good place to read up on how to go about designing and
building a trail system?
I know, loads of questions. But if I've got a few years before I
really dig into this I might as well spend them doing the homework
so I don't make a real mess of it when the time comes! :-)