Montana This Morning

Apr 26, 2010 11:29 AM by Laura Wilson

Popular Missoula trail gets some love

MISSOULA - The "M" trail received a makeover on Saturday in an effort to preserve its beauty.

UM Society for Ecological Restoration students and volunteers installed box structures at two of the turns to help keep the trails from eroding away.

Meanwhile, Missoula hikers got involved by carrying buckets of dirt and gravel from the base of the trail up to the box structures.

Volunteers also covered up shortcut trails and pulled weeds to keep the vegetation around the trail healthy.

"This is the most heavily used trail in Montana and it's built at such a steep grade that it can get in bad shape really fast," explained UM student Patricia Mcilvenna. "So, our goal is to kind of keep it in good shape for the next few days and make sure future hikers can keep enjoying it."

Volunteers received donated food from Costco, Bernice's Bakery and Blackjack Pizza.

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