dedicated to preserving off leash access on Boise's Ridge to Rivers trails
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
when the alleys look like this, it's a safe bet that the trails are wet and sloppy.
i decided to check out red fox, since it (and red winged blackbird) is sandy. it may be sandy, but it's still sloppy and choppy. this is the section coming up from around the pond. it will regain its shape much quicker than a muddy trail, but until things dry out some when this freezes it is going to be really bumpy and difficult to run or ride on.
you can see that i wasn't picking up mud on this part of the trail. i did, however, have to go through some puddles and my feet got wet. stepping off trail to avoid water, mud or ice causes widening. if you're not willing to go through, turn around. i watched this happen several times today.
we did not go up chickadee as it was thawed and muddy. you can see that this doesn't deter everyone. i saw a guy & his dog coming down as we were going out. better yet, he had a tennis ball thrower.
as nasty as it was, we saw 3 other folks/groups with dogs and 3 without.
also, judging from the amount of opp i picked up in the same section of the trail i cleaned up 2 days ago lots of people are out on the trails.
Adopt a Trail- Pick a trail that you use a lot to give a little extra TLC to once or twice a month. That's the idea behind Adopt a Trail. Volunteer to spend extra time on these trails regularly picking up OPP (other people's poop) and other trash. OK for several of us to take the same trail, some of the most heavily used need extra attention.
If you or anyone you know would like to volunteer for some of the western trails, or Military Reserve area that would be great. The Interpretive trail, Bob's, Camel's Back and Table Rock are also still available.
To sign up, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If I can provide any more information, please let me know. email@example.com or 866-6306
Boise Trail DOG
Boise Trail DOG (dog owner's group)'s goal is to organize responsible dog owners to ensure access to off leash recreation in the Ridge to Rivers trail system.
We recognize that in order to be involved in the decision making process we need a formal organization to serve as a liaison between the city and dog owners and to assist with outreach and educational efforts.
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1. Follow leash laws. Aggressive or timid dogs should never be off leash. In off leash areas make sure you have a good recall and a friendly dog. 2. Yield the right of way to most other trail users, especially horses, llamas and packgoats. For these animals, step to the side of the trail and put your dog at heel while they pass you. For other users, keep your dog out of the way and allow appropriate room to pass. 3. When meeting other traildogs, call your dog to you and ask permission before allowing your dog to sniff and get friendly. The other person may not want his dog to socialize. 4. Pick up your trash and dog poop. Leave the area as clean as you found it, or cleaner. Let your dog pack out some extra garbage. 5. Don't allow your dog to chase wildlife, 6. Remember that a reliable recall doesn't mean repeatedly screamingat your dog