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The Woodstock City Council approved the adoption of an adopt-a-trail program for the city, with signs similar to this installed at locations throughout the city to mark trails that are part of the program and recognize those who take the time to keep them clean.

The city of Woodstock has created an Adopt-A-Trail program for groups of volunteers who want to help keep recreational trails clean and in good shape.

Woodstock Parks and Recreation Director Michael Huffstetler said at a City Council meeting where members approved the creation of the program that his staff members spent the summer working on the project. His presentation to Council members included benefits of the program, examples of the signs that would be put up on the trails and where they would be installed in the near future.

“We have nine locations right now, three on Noonday Creek, two on Towne Lake Pass, one on Trestle Rock and two on Rubes Creek available for adoption,” Huffstetler said. “We have seven groups interested right now. We’re just putting the word out, so we think we’ll fill it pretty quickly.”

Anyone wanting to be involved in the program would be required to hold trail cleanups at least once every three months, as well as taking on a trail service project every year. The program is open to church groups, civic organizations, school clubs, businesses, families and other groups.

Council members Huffstetler questions about the program and what it would entail.

“How did those seven people find out if we didn’t really publicize it?,” Mayor Donnie Henriques asked.

Huffstetler answered that signs had been put out in these locations, informing the public to contact the department if they were interested in taking part in the adopt-a-trail program. Henriques followed up by asking if one of the seven who had contacted the city was the Rotary Club of Towne Lake, as they had done a handful of things with Woodstock in the past. Huffstetler said he believed they had been. Additional questions surrounded what groups taking part in the program would do, with Huffstetler answering it could range from picking up garbage along the trail to clearing brush.

Once everyone’s questions had been answered, the council unanimously approved a motion to move forward with the program in October.

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