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Road Trip Reports

What Is A Road Trip Report?
A new watch spot just happened on White Chuck Road, FSR #23.  This pending problem will be continually watched to be sure it remains stable.
There are a couple of aspects to a road:
    #1.  A road trip report is a way of communicating with the Road Trip Report Admin. who compiles area information from the reports that are sent in and forwards this to the various governmental agencies working with the volunteer efforts of FFPU.  For example:  Volunteers worked on a National Forest road for 8 miles until they were stopped by the snow level. They removed road & ditch debris and while they were doing this came across a dumped refrigerator on the side of the road.  No significant road damage was detected.  All information and photos go to the head ranger, also this information goes to road engineering letting them know that this road was cleared of debris from mile #1 ending at mile #8 and no road damage was detected.   The current snow level will be useful to keep road conditions current and to help the front desk when the public wants to know how far they can drive up a road.  Dept of Solid waste will be notified at what mile they can go to remove the illegally dumped refrigerator.  If severe road damage was found such as a slide on the road or a washout, photos can be taken so the front desk can have them to answer public questions and necessary staff can evaluate the problem.

    #2. When ongoing damage or pending damage happens to a road this is referred to as a watch spot.  These areas are continually photographed and or measured.  Ongoing reports are sent to the various authorities which need to be kept up to date on these situations.  This communication is very valuable for making informed decisions and saving expenditures to the dwindling budgets.

    #3.  A road report keeps track of volunteer hours and shows public support for that road.  At the end of the report be sure to record your ending time and how many volunteers were helping.  Why is recording these volunteer hours so important?  These volunteer hours benefit the forest service as well as FFPU.  FFPU can use these hours to show their strong commitment to keeping public access open as well as they can use the volunteer hours as an in-kind match for future grants to possibly fund road improvements such as replacing a culvert.  When it comes to the granting process, volunteer hours is like having money in the bank!

    #4. A road report shows current activity by FFPU volunteer work-parties and road adopters.  If no activity is filed with the FFPU Road Report Admin. for a prolonged amount of time and that road is listed as currently adopted it may be time to contact that person to see if they would like that road to be readopted.