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    Leaf removal

    I just started riding this past summer so I'm not sure if there are strong feelings on this issue or not. What are most trail builders/maintainers policies on blowing leaves off of the trails in late fall? It would be relatively easy to take a backpack blower and blow off a trail. The upside is obvious but what is the down side?

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    You are right, there are strong feelings on both sides of the issue. I just did a search and found this thread that was suprisingly started by me. lol http://tennesseemountainbike.com/boa...blowing+leaves
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    It's two sides of a coin, for sure. I'm going to way oversimplify things for the sake of brevity. Most trails do better with the leaves left on them, especially during freeze thaw, because the leaves act as an insulator. Some trails do better without the leaves, because with leaves on them, they never dry, and/or freeze thaw is less of a factor.

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    About 4 or 5 years ago we blew all the leaves off of Shutes Branch. It was a mess that winter. It may have just been a bad year leaves or not, but we thought that it had a lot to do with removing the leaves. So we decided to leave the leaves in the future. The next year someone did not get the memo and blew leaves off parts of the trail. The parts of the trail that had the leaves did better than the parts that did not. It was not as big a difference as I thought it would be. But it was a noticeable difference. Particularly during freeze/thaw. And I think that the leaves protect the dirt during a vulnerable time of year. Unless the leaves are causing a drainage problem, I say leave them.
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    I can definitely see how the leaves would help a little during freeze thaw cycles. It seems like the leaves at Cane Ridge in particular are casing the trail to no dry out in sections and causing drainage issues and rutting in areas that weren't rutting before the leaves fell. It seems like there would be more positives than negatives to removing the leaves in these sections of the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TM. View Post
    I can definitely see how the leaves would help a little during freeze thaw cycles. It seems like the leaves at Cane Ridge in particular are casing the trail to no dry out in sections and causing drainage issues and rutting in areas that weren't rutting before the leaves fell. It seems like there would be more positives than negatives to removing the leaves in these sections of the trail.
    One thing that's important to note regarding it "seeming to not dry out" as fast after the leaves fall is that the trees themselves play a large part in that. Once the leaves have fallen, the trees don't drink - they won't until they grow more leaves in the spring. As far as rutting, if the trail is that bad in a particular area, then it's important to draw attention to it, either so that it can be fixed, or so that the trail can be closed if it's really a problem.

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    People riding in the mud causes ruts. People riding in the spring when its soft causes them to flatten out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uzzi View Post
    People riding in the mud causes ruts. People riding in the spring when its soft causes them to flatten out.
    Yeah. Sort of. The real problem with ruts around here is rain. Once you have a rut in a trail, the water will run down the trail if it's on a hill, and not off the trail. This results in erosion and deterioration of the trail long term. I don't mind seeing tire tracks in a trail, but ruts are an issue.

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