UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County marked National Trails Day 2016 with a work party of 18 enthusiastic volunteers who enjoyed a continental breakfast and a guided trail hike before setting out to clear encroaching vegetation and build a set of stairs on a section of the Ruth Yablonsky Geology Trail in the Watchung Reservation.

“The project involved re-routing a trail that suffered a great deal of damage following a freak rain storm last August,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “Thanks to the volunteers who donated their time and effort, the trail is in much better shape for all to enjoy.”

The re-routing project is still under way. It also included members of the Adopt-A-Trail Chainsaw crew, who removed several fallen trees from the trail.

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The Chainsaw Crew was established in the 1990’s. The volunteers’ service in support of the Parks Department has enabled popular hiking trails to re-open in a timely manner after heavy storm damage, such as that occurring in the aftermath of hurricanes Irene and Sandy.

The Geology Trail is a popular destination that highlights some of the outstanding geological features in the Watchung Mountains. It is located near the Trailside Nature & Science Center, 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

A downloadable, self-guided walking tour of the Geology Trail is available at ucnj.org/geo-hike.

Any individual or group can join the Adopt-a-Park/Adopt-a-Trail program and assist with conservation programs in Union County’s system of 36 public parks. For more information visit ucnj.org/parks.

A downloadable trail map of the Watchung Reservation is also available at ucnj.org/parks.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.