Who are the Spooky Beavers?
Formed in 2006, the Spooky Beaver trail crew is a group of volunteers who perform trail maintenance and improvements to over 37 miles of hiking trails in Prince William Forest Park (PWFP), a unit of the National Park Service (NPS). Built during the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a Recreational Demonstration Area for urban population and families, Prince William Forest provides visitors with a host of natural and cultural history. From 1942 – 1945 the park was home to America’s first centralized intelligence agency, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, forerunner to CIA) and currently home to an estimated 80 American beavers — hence, the name Spooky Beavers.
To read more PWFP history go to www.nps.gov/prwi > History/Culture.
What Exactly Does a Spooky Beaver Do?
While enjoying the great outdoors and camaraderie, trail maintenance and improvements is our focus. Routine maintenance by a single overseer include tasks such as keeping the trail passage clear, trail blazing, clipping overgrowth of vegetation, routine cleaning of water diversion devices such as check-dams and waterbars, removing litter, and removing blowdowns. However, there are larger projects such as building of rock steps, check-dams, waterbars, new trail construction, and replacing bridges that require the help of others. To accomplish these larger projects, the Spooky Beavers usually meet as a group once a month on a Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Anyone is welcome to join our crew and best of all, no tools or experience is needed.
In addition to trail maintenance, the Spooky Beavers support events sponsored by PATC and Prince William Forest Park. Spooky Beavers are always looking for additional volunteers to assist with trail maintenance and improvements. See the PATC Calendar for details on upcoming projects and events.
How Do I Join the Spooky Beavers?
If you enjoy volunteering, the great outdoors and meeting new people, then come join us. All are welcome and we supply the necessary tools and training. To join or get answers to your questions, contact Mark Ellis.