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Mountain Maryland Trails Implements Maintenance Reporting System for GAP TrailEagle Scout Candidate Ben Eft aids in installing signage with links to the reporting system along the trail.
CUMBERLAND, MD – September 28, 2020 – With the help of Eagle Scout candidate Ben Eft, of BSA Troop 9 in Cresaptown, MD, Mountain Maryland Trails installed a total of 11 signs along the Maryland portion of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail with a QR Code and link that allows users to access a Trail Maintenance and Incident Report form with a single click from their phone. GAP users can quickly report issues such as downed trees, trail washouts, and other issues that need to be quickly addressed for the safety of all trail users, and reports are sent to Allegany County staff that manage maintenance issues along the trail.
Created in partnership between Mountain Maryland Trails and Allegany County, the reporting system has been in place for a little over a year, and with its success, Mountain Maryland Trails desired to install signage along the trail with details for trail users to access the form. Ben Eft helped Mountain Maryland Trails realize their goal when he took on this endeavor as his Eagle Scout project. Eft took charge of designing the project, coordinating project partners, including Allegany County Sheriff’s and Information Departments and Mountain Maryland Trails, and overseeing the production and installation of the signs.
“The reporting system has been a great tool in aiding the trail maintenance crews to address problem areas along the trail,” said Robin Douglas, Maintenance and Development Chair for Mountain Maryland Trails. “Our hope is that by installing the signage, the reporting system will be more accessible and more widely used.”
Signs are installed from Cumberland, MD, up to the Mason Dixon Line, placed above and below trailheads at Canal Place, Cash Valley, Woodcock Hollow, and Frostburg. Users are encouraged to submit maintenance issues and non-emergency incident reports on the trail. For more information, visit www.alleganygov.org/gaptrail.