When surveying the choices for volunteer placement, once Todd heard there was something called ‘Trail Steward,’ he knew that was for him. “Wait, that’s a thing?” he joked.
He was assigned to the Blue Trail (coincidentally his favorite!). Under the guidance of veteran volunteer Dick Cloud, (if you haven’t gone on one of Dick’s weekly Saturday Wildflower Walks, you are missing out!) Todd began the arduous, detailed work of keeping this busy trail navigable for visitors.
Able to commit his time on his terms, being a Trail Steward allows Todd to pop in after work or whenever he can find time on the weekends. This freedom has enabled him to get to know himself in addition to the woods and trail. “Being out on the trail is a great time to think. I never use headphones or listen to anything. You’re out there with purpose.” Like many other members and guests, Todd is anxiously awaiting for Tyler’s trails to re-open. Work is currently underway to remove trees that have been affected by the Emerald Ash Borer and Tyler’s trails remain closed until they are safe to roam again. You can read more about it here.
He also joined the Natural Areas Team, dividing his time at Tyler between the two groups. Both focus on the thoughtful removal of invasives and clearing spaces to give native plants a chance to survive. Since his training with Pennsylvania Master Naturalist, Todd can more clearly see how the invasives take over an area and can work towards restoring the woods to their more traditional native landscape.