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Trail Work

Extended dry periods may cause cancellation of work parties. In the event of dry conditions, please call 360-424-0407 to see if the work party is still a "go".

2020 Trail Work Schedule for SWITMO

Due to the Corvid 19 Pandemic, all SWITMO trail work parties have been canceled until further notice When allowed under the Washington State Opening Phases for Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties, small work parties will resume. If you would like to be notified about these work parties, please e-mail your request to .

The 2020 SWITMO fund raiser plant sale has been canceled.

When work resumes, the following policies will apply:


30 MAY 2020

This policy was adapted from the WA Trails Association Trails Work Enhanced Safety Protocols dated May 2020.

Note: This policy pertains to Phase II reopening; it will be modified when Skagit/Island/Whatcom counties go under Phase III which allows for up to 50 participants.

NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS ALLOWED: This is based on what is allowed by the State of Washington under Governor Inslee's Phases for reopening. In June Skagit/Island/Whatcom Counties should be under Phase II which allows for gatherings of 4 or 5 people.

CREWS OF 4 VOLUNTEERS: Up to three separate, four person crews, including Crew Leader, will be allowed to work in DIFFERENT LOCATIONS starting and ending at DIFFERENT TIMES if possible.

     1. All participants must submit an online form by the Wednesday prior to the work party to the SWITMO e-mail address which is This form will state that the person intends to do trail work the following Saturday, that they understand the risks of corona virus, understand the steps being taken by SWITMO to protect volunteers and that they understand that safe behavior is expected of them on the trail.
     2. All volunteers will receive an orientation to the safety protocols the morning of the event. Any participant who does not follow the required safety guidance will be asked to leave.

FACE MASKS: All volunteers must bring and wear their own face mask. Masks must be worn when within 20 feet of other volunteers.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: All volunteers must maintain at least 6 feet of space between individuals at all times and 20 feet if working on the trail. Volunteers will be assigned specific tasks and locations on trail to ensure people can maintain a safe distance while working.

CAR POOLING: Ideally everyone should drive their own vehicle to the work site, (same vehicle for members of the same household). However, some are comfortable driving with a passenger IF EACH PERSON IS WEARING A FACE MASK. Being in a vehicle with another person outside the family unit is an individual decision and one must do what one believes is right.

HANDWASHING: Each volunteer is responsible for having with them their own hand washing materials, disinfectant.

     1. Hard Hat: Each volunteer is required to wear a hard hat. Having one's own personal hard hat is the best. If a volunteer does not have a personal hard hat, a sanitized one will be checked out to that person; hat to be checked in at end of work party.
     2. Gloves: Each volunteer is required to have work gloves and, if possible, a pair of latex gloves in their backpack for emergency use. Crew leaders will have a supply of latex gloves with them for emergency use.

SIGNAGE AND PASSING DISTANCE: Proper signage and flagging will be used to alert hikers to trail maintenance activities. Volunteers must step off trail to allow hikers to pass while, if at all possible, maintaining a 6 foot distance.

     1. Volunteers will not be allowed to share hand tools during events. Volunteers may bring their own tools or borrow tools for the entire day.
     2. Equipment operators (excavator, saws, power trimmers) may share this type of equipment ONLY AFTER HAND SANITIZER has been used on the necessary parts of the equipment between uses.
     3. At the end of the day, all borrowed tools will be rinsed with water to remove soil/dirt and wiped down with disinfectant, this includes borrowed hard hats, It is the responsibility of the Crew Leaders to see that this is done. This may be done at the work site or at the storage facility.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Any person injured on the trail will be treated based on potential close contact and risk of exposure to the person giving the aid. This is why everyone should have at least one pair of latex gloves in their backpack. If further medical assistance is needed, the crew leader or another volunteer will contact the appropriate emergency medical services immediately.


TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT: Crew leaders are responsible for obtaining and returning the tools and equipment for the day.

SANITIZING THE TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT: Crew leaders are responsible for seeing that the tools and equipment are washed with water, if appropriate, and treated with sanitizer before the tools and equipment are stored. A bleach sanitizer may be made in the following way: 1/2 cup bleach per 1 gallon of water OR 2 tablespoons bleach per 1 quart water. This will give you a 1000+ ppm disinfecting solution. After cleaning the area with detergent, spray or wipe with surfaces with the disinfectant. Make sure to allow surfaces to fully air dry.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: Crew leader is responsible for seeing that social distancing is maintained. Normal distancing of 6 feet, trail work distancing of 20 feet

     1. Crew leader will have each person SIGN the waiver form they filled out on line and sent to the SWITMO e-mail address.
     2. Crew leader will ask if anyone is still symptom-free.
     3. Crew leader will go over the safety protocols at the beginning of the work party.

MATERIALS SUPPLIED TO CREW LEADER: Each crew leader will have the following materials supplied to him/her by SWITMO:
     1. Disinfectant in sufficient quantity, preferably a gallon of bleach disinfectant, recipe above, or a gallon of bleach so he/she can make their own solution.
     2. Latex gloves in sufficient supply.
     3. E-mailed forms submitted by volunteers for the volunteer to then sign.

Policy adopted by the SWITMO Board
30 May 2020

This photo was taken at milepost 10 on Chuckanut Drive on Sat., September 15th, 2012. What a good looking crew!!!

Skagit-Whatcom-Island Trail Maintaining Organization
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