Volunteers join BLM in cleaning up Poison Spider trail

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Volunteers from Moab’s 4×4 community work with the Bureau of Land Management’s Moab Field Office to better define the designated Poison Spider trail during a Nov. 9 workday. Courtesy photo

Local off-road groups and businesses teamed up with the Bureau of Land Management’s Moab Field Office to help remediate the iconic Poison Spider trail.

Sharon Brussell of the BLM said the local office had received multiple reports from tour companies and 4×4 clubs “who noted areas of increasing off-trail activity and wished to remedy the situation.”

Brussell said 22 volunteers focused on better defining the route and restoring damaged areas. They came from the Red Rock 4-Wheelers, Moab Friends for Wheelin’, Xtreme 4×4 Tours, JG Outfitters, Outlaw Jeep Adventures, and Moab Motorsports.

The Nov. 9 outing also included a trio of BLM employees, said Brussell. The group repaired damaged fences, placed dead logs and rocks, and raked out hundreds of tire tracks.

“The BLM is grateful for the volunteers’ hard work that not only improved access to the Poison Spider 4×4 route, but also better protected the natural resources in the area,” said Brussell in an email. “The public is reminded to stay on designated routes when exploring their public lands. To learn more about volunteer opportunities in the BLM Moab Field Office, please contact Reed Kennard at 435-259-2100.”

The next workday will be held in February.