Volunteers work to preserve paths in Chugach State Park during National Trail Day

Published: Jun. 2, 2019 at 10:06 AM AKDT
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Over 280 miles of pristine trails weave through Chugach State Park and Saturday was all about those paths.

National Trails Day takes place on the first Saturday in June and is aimed at advocacy and trail preservation.

Throughout the weekend, crews gathered to help take care of the trails thousands of visitors use each year in Chugach State Park. Chugach is the third largest state park in the country with over half a million acres. One volunteer says he enjoys the area year round and wanted to give back.

“I am here today because I use the trails in Chugach State Park all year round and have for years and with budget cuts the parks are no longer able to build new trails or maintain the current trails as they have in the past so as volunteers we are able to keep our tails in great shape like the people of Alaska deserve," says Mike Morganson.

Morganson volunteers with the Alaska Trail Stewards who were just one of the organizations that gathered Saturday to help the park. The group is made of up volunteers and trail experts who train the members on trail maintenance and safety.

"Alaskans love their trails and that's why we are so excited that it is national trails day, that's why we are giving folks an opportunity to kick the season off with a trail party or tail work party day we have two events but that is just the start we have 30 events through the summer," says Claire Pywell, volunteer program manager of Alaska Trails.

You can find more information on the group