Shelter Checklist

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This checklist is intended to be used by CnT leaders and volunteers when visiting a shelter site.

What to do when you visit a shelter

The club should visit each shelter at least twice a year, typically once in the spring and once in the late summer or fall. More is better. Bring a smartphone or other digital camera and photograph everything.

  • Bring out new brooms and logbooks as necessary.
  • Note any problems with spur trails and signage. Look at tent pads and watch for unofficial impacted areas.
  • Note condition of physical structure (roofing, flooring, walls).
  • Note condition of fire pits. Shovel excess ash out and dispose of in woods out of sight (make sure it's cool - ash can insulate hot embers for many days).
  • Note any hazard trees (heavy leans, dead or dying, widowmakers)
  • Investigate privy - refill mulch bucket as necessary (replace bucket as necessary), note condition of structure and monitor level of compost in mouldering crib. Consider signage to educate hikers ("add a handful of mulch from bucket") - we have a laminator in the OPO office. Note, we do not supply any consumable supplies, such as toilet paper. "Mulch" is best obtained from West Leb Feed and Supply as bags of pine shavings. Excess can be stored on site, preferably in feed sacks (also avail. at WLFS) under a tarp, or alternatively in a clearly labelled trash can.
  • Remove any trash. (Be sure to bring trash bags)
  • Check on springs/water sources, firetowers and any other auxiliary structures or resources.

When you've done a visit, be sure to report what you found to Rory and the Trails Chairs so we can add it to the Trails database and keep a good record.

Work with the trails chair and the club advisor to determine what actions need to be taken.