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Maintenance

The entire OHT is divided into sections Maintainers can adopt when available.  You can open the following link to see maps of adopted and available sections.  If you see a section you may be interested in adopting, please see contact OHTmaintenance@gmail.com

https://drive.google.com/open?id=13NVmG8PmRDvp4cW9h_CMUXCIXwY

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The Ozark Highlands Trail is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers. Sections of the OHT are “adopted” by individuals, families or groups and maintained at least twice a year. A report is then filled out and sent into the OHTA volunteer coordinator. These are then analyzed and turned over to the Forest Service district offices. These reports tell us what condition each section of the trail is in, and especially if there are any problem areas that we need to pay special attention to. We will normally have at least one group maintenance trip each month that is open to everyone to one of these problem areas. No experience is necessary–only a willingness to take care of this great trail facility. While all of our sections are usually adopted, there is always a chance that one will open up, or someone will want to share a section. To find out more about adopting your own section of the OHT, or just to help with the maintenance, contact our Maintenance Coordinator:
Steve Parker OHTmaintenance@gmail.com

When you adopt a section of the OHT to maintain, there are a few basic guidelines that we would like for you to follow. We are all volunteers, so what follows here are mainly guidelines that we ask you to follow and are not hard and fast rules. We want you to help us keep the trail open and safe for hikers to use, but we also want you to have a good time doing it and feel that you are an important part of the process, which you are! Keeping the trail maintained is one of the most important things that we do as an organization, and your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Volunteer Responsibilities
Visit and maintain your section of trail at least twice a year.
Keep the trail corridor open and cut out to at least six feet wide.
Keep the trail treadway free of debris.
Prepare and turn in a Maintenance Report within one week of your trip.
Enjoy yourself while doing the above!

Tools Required
Provide and use your own safety glasses

Loppers
Hand saw (larger trees will be handled by a chainsaw crew)
Leather work gloves

Maintainers Report

Complete the Maintenance Report online.

If necessary, mail Maintenance Report to:
ATTN: Steve Parker
P.O. Box 4065
Fayetteville, AR 72702-4065

ALL MAINTAINERS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM ARE REQUIRED TO BE MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING OF THE OZARK  HIGHLANDS TRAIL ASSOCIATION*.  Non-members are allowed on work trips after filling out the required Temporary Membership Certificate (170kb pdf) available from the Maintenance Leader or above link prior to any actual trail work being performed.
* U. S. Forest Service regulation

Adopter Handbook and Using GPS 

OHTA Adopter Handbook (pdf 573kb)

Using your Smart Phone to Help with Trail Maintenance (pdf 343kb)