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Posted on Sat, Jun 2, 2012 : 5:53 a.m.

REI partners with city of Ann Arbor to promote trail cleanup Saturday

By Amy Biolchini

Saturday is trail improvement day at the Barton Nature Area and the Black Pond Woods Nature Area — and the local branch of national outdoor product retailer REI has pitched in to promote part of the event.

The trail cleanup coincides with National Trails Day. Volunteers are needed to help clean up both areas, beginning at Barton from 9 a.m. to noon and later at Black Pond Woods from 1 to 4 p.m.

Those interested are asked to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, and to bring a plastic sled to help in hauling wood chips.

The city of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation program will provide tools, gloves, water and snacks at both events.

Volunteers will help perform routine maintenance on trails in both nature areas to make sure they’re accessible for the coming months, said Yousef Rabhi, coordinator for the Natural Area Preservation.

At Black Pond Woods — where REI is partnering with the city to promote the event — a switchback on one of the trails is being reconstructed Saturday.

For the morning session at Barton Nature Area, volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Barton Dam parking lot at Huron River Drive and Bird Road.

For the afternoon session at Black Pond Woods Nature Area, volunteers will meet at 1 p.m. at the Leslie Science and Nature Center parking lot at 1831 Traver Road.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.


Dog Guy

Sat, Jun 2, 2012 : 6 p.m.

These activities should not conflict with letting the dogs run in Bird Hills today.

Seasoned Cit

Sat, Jun 2, 2012 : 3:57 p.m.

REI could help the City in its own backyard and help clean the trails in the wooded area of Cranbrook Park which is REI's backyard.