With rain comes growth, and with growth in Orange County Parks come invasive plants and weeds. Santiago Oaks Regional Park is no exception and is one of the many trail systems throughout Southern California with desperate need for volunteers to trim back weeds and remove these invasive species.
The Shimano crew worked with Jon Kearly of Non Dot Adventures and SHARE MTB to trim back overgrowth, prepare for future rainfall with more sustainable drains, fill in rain ruts and remove debris from trails.
The Shimano Team poses for a quick photo before heading out to sweep Goat Trail.
Removing lots of invasive species like Mustard and Tocalote. Quick tip! Remember to clean your tools when working from one location to another. Seeds can get stuck on tools and spread to different areas. To do your best to stop these invasive plants from spreading wipe your tools down after each use.
Shimano Senior Manager of OEM Sales, Andrew Kempe, removing a fallen tree taking over the trail.
Carving out new drains for the rains to come.
Filling in ruts caused by past rains and stomping to pack in the fresh dirt. If you’re in the area, be sure to ride Goat to help pack the dirt in!