What We've Been Up To

  • Thank you to everyone who signed up for Hike for a Pint! We're so excited that you've chosen to challenge yourself and help us support local businesses. 
  • We've been hard at work recording what trails will need maintenance once we have crews back on the ground.
  • We have started to finalize the trails that will be included in our 2021 work plans. Some fan favorites like Point Bridget, Treadwell Ditch, and Switzer Creek Trail are on the list; as well as many others that we'll let you know about soon!
 
 

The Dirt from the Director

Hey friend,

I’m so happy to start the first newsletter of the year with good news. Last month, we exceeded our fundraising goal for the Treadwell Ditch Trail Renovation project! With our match commitment complete, we can get back to work on the trail and are on track to have the project completed by 2023. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this project, we couldn’t have done it without you.

This time of the year is always exciting for me because we start to really plan for the upcoming season. To name a few, we’re planning work on the Christopher Trail, Switzer Loop, Pt. Bridget Trail, and of course the Treadwell Ditch Trail. In addition to planning those improvements, we’re submitting grant applications for the DuPont Trail and Perseverance Trail. We’re also still working on the Juneau Master Trail Plan and want to hear from you- what trails should we be focusing on?

While we are working hard to develop our 2021 trail projects, we’re also taking some time for reflection. In 2020, we worked on more trails, hired more crew members, and saw more community support than ever before. We’re excited to soon be sharing those accomplishments and program summaries with you in Trail Mix, Inc.’s annual report. We’re also working on an impact report for last year’s largest program- the COVID19 Conservation Corps. This super effective program was a workforce development program funded by a grant of CARES monies from the CBJ. We were able to put over 30 people to work who would have been otherwise unemployed due to the pandemic and more than 80% of non-payroll expenses were spent at local businesses. We’re excited to share the story of this unique program with you! Stay tuned for this report.

I’m optimistic that Trail Mix will have an even bigger impact on our trail system and community this year. As COVID vaccines become available, I’m hopeful that we will again be able to host volunteer workdays. Would you or your community group be interested in working on a trail project? Let us know!

Happy new year!

Best,

Ryan

 

Trail Mix Top Three

Even with the seemingly never-ending rain, our administrative crew has been enjoying the slightly longer days by trying to get outside as often as possible. Here are our favorite hike's that we've done this past month: 

Head to Fish Creek Trail for peaceful creekside stroll. This out-and-back trail winds between tall trees and mossy rocks, bringing you from Douglas Highway to Fish Creek Road. 

Auk Nu Trail offers amazing opportunities to view the mountains surrounding Juneau. Bringing up snowshoes is another great way to explore Spaulding Meadows at the top of the trail!

Enjoy Dredge Lake Trail by hiking or biking! These trails offer many loops and spurs to adventure out on; just be sure to stay on the official trails! 

Thank you for your support!

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Land Acknowledgement

Trail Mix thanks and honors Áak’w & T’aakú Kwáans, on whose land we listen, live, and work.

This month, we're developing an organizational land acknowledgment and discussing how to acknowledge indigenous land ownership in our everyday work and the communities we are apart of.

 If you'd like to learn more about indigenous land acknowledgments, click here. 

 

Trail Mix, Inc.
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