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You can join in to build trails in the Bay area.

In recent winters, Pacific storms have battered the northern California coast. Public lands still suffer, with many trails obliterated or badly damaged by slides and erosion. Despite this year's mild winter, much work still needs to be done.

With funds limited, many parks and recreation areas must again recruit volunteer crews for trail maintenace. Helping out, you can spend a day or weekend outldoors and perhaps learn some new skills. The work isn't hard, just steady, and you can enjoy a hike or stroll afterwards. You'll find that the effort brings a satisfaction of its own: "you" trail becomes a special place to revisit.

We list agencies that coordinate trail volunteers in the Francisco Bay Area, plus some days this month when you can join then. You'll be given tools, supervision, and a section of trail to build or restore. All you need are work clothes (especially a long-sleeved shirt), sturdy shoes, gloves, a lunch, and liquids. Children are usually welcome, as long as they are able and willing to help with the work.

Response last year was gratifying. The coordinator of the Trail Information and Volunteer Center in Palo Alto, Georgia Perkins, noted that as many as 2,500 volunteers turned out one weekend last April to help repair winter damage at different Bay Area trail-day locations. At Point Reyes, 33 miles of trail were restored this way last season in an unusual "Adopt-A-Trail" program.

For telephone numbers below, the area code is 415 except where noted. North Bay

Sonoma County Conservation Council, Box 4346, Santa Rosa 95402. The council recently opened an environmental information center at 825 College Avenue in Santa Rosa; telephone there is (707) 578-0595. It coordinates activities of 14 groups in Sonoma County and is staffed by volunteers who can direct you to trail-maintenance projects as they come up.

Sonoma County Trails Council (Genevieve Day, coordinator), Box 832, Windsor 95492; (707) 838-6088. This group also organizes trail efforts in Sonoma County. On April 7, volunteers will meet at Annadel State Park at 10 A.M.; from State Highway 12, turn south on Mission Boulevard, then left on Montgomery Drive and right on Channel Drive, continuing to the park's parking lot.

Point Reyes National Seashore Adopt-A-Trail Program (Harry Carpenter, coordinator), Point Reyes 94956; 663-8522. Storms in 1982 wrecked most of the trails in the national seashore. After emergency repairs, 150 miles of hiking and riding trails need continuing maintenance. The Adopt-A-Trail program asks volunteer groups of five or more to work, usually for a weekend, on an assigned trail, with a commitment to return once more within the same year; a trail plaque attests to your effort. Crews work two weekends per month through November: this month, dates are April 7 and 8, 21 and 22. Transportation are April 7 and 8, 21 and 22. Transportation within the park and accommodations (at its Environmental Education Center), if needed, are provided.

Marin Area Office, State Department of Parks and Recreation (William Lintow, maintenance supervisor), 1455A E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael 94901; 456-1286. Volunteers work on trails at mount Tamalpais and Samuel P. Taylor state parks. At our press time, April dates had not yet been selected.

Sierra Club Bay Chapter (Nina Eloesser, Jr.), 2121 Lyon St., San Francisco 94115; 346-1967. This group organizes trail work in Marin, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties. April 29, it will joint forces with the Tamalpais Conservation Club (333-0366) to work in Mount Tamalpais State Park. Call to volunteer, then meet the group at 9 A.M. at the parking lot of Mountain Home Inn on Panoramic Highway near the entrance to the park. East Bay

East Bay Area Trail Council (Bob Doyle, coordinator), East Bay Regional Park District, 11500 Skyline Blvd., Oakland 94619; 531-9300, ext. 242. The council organizes trail maintenance and development activities in the East Bay. April dates had not been determined at our press time.

Heritage Trails Fund (George Cardinet, executive director), 5301 Pine Hollow Rd., Concord 94521; 672-5072. This private, nonprofit organization can supply contacts for activities with various groups, especially equestrians, in the East Bay.

Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, Box 250, Diablo 94528. With the sierra Club Bay Chapter (see North Bay listing for address), this group will sponsor a trail day at Mount Diablo State Park on April 7; meet in front of the Lakeview Library at Grand avenue and MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland at 9:10 A.M. or at the Walnut Creek BART station ticket gate at 9:30 A.M. For more information, call leader Chris Valle-Riestra at 654-3426 or the state park at 837-2525. South Bay

Trail Information and Volunteer Center (Georgia Perkins, coordinator), 2253 Park Blvd., Palo Alto 94306; 324-8482. You can learn here about trail-work groups in San mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties; there are plans to include San Francisco County. The Santa Cruz Mountain Trail Association will sponsor two trail days: April 28 (rain date is May 5), work is planned in county parks in Santa clara, state parks in Santa Cruz, and the Midpeninsula Regional Open space District; May 12 (rain date, May 19), sites are in San Mateo County parks and, for a second session, on Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District lands. There may be a small fee (no more than $1.50) to cover costs.

If you register early (call or write the volunteer center), you can request a specific area on either day. Last-minute registrants can meet at 9:30 A.M. on April 28 at the Saratoga Gap parking lot at State Highway 9 and State Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard) or on May 12 at Huddart Park (1100 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside).

Free camping and campfire programs for trail-workday volunteers will be offered at several state parks in Santa Cruz County on April 28 and at Huddart Park on May 12.
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