“The trail rangers are out there to put more eyes on the trail and to help folks with basic way-finding, emergency bike repairs, first aid and to collect data on maintenance needs for trails,” says Trail Ranger Coordinator Garrett Hannigan.
The group is partnering with the Student Conservation Association, an organization with experience monitoring hiking trails. Hannigan says the students, over the age of 21, will be trained in bike maintenance and first aid.
D.C.’s Off-Road Trails:
Metropolitan Branch Trail
Anacostia River Walk Trail
Marvin Gaye Trail
Suitland Parkway Trial
D.C’s four off-road bike trails will be monitored by the green and yellow outfitted rangers during the morning and evening rush — 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as on weekends.
The trail ranger program is still looking to fill its paid positions before it plans to ask for volunteer and community help.
“We will be looking to do some trail cleanup days, looking for community involvement anyone who is interested in making these trails as good as they can be,” Hannigan says.
WTOP’s Darci Marchese and Dick Uliano contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter.