Trail Projects Supported by METF
2015-16: Purchase of Vermeer Mini Skid Steer
2018-2022: Salamonie Electric Campsite Project
DNR operates only three properties north of Indianapolis that allow trail riding. Of the three, Salamonie has the most trail mileage, but it has no campsites with electricity. In 2018 the Friends of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services and ITRA launched a fundraising and construction project to address that problem with cooperation of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The project was broken into three phases. Phase One was the installation of a transformer; that was completed in 2021. Phase Two, the installation of a switch gear, was completed summer 2022. Funds are currently being acquired for the third and final phase: purchasing and installing wiring and pedestals for each of 25 camp sites in Loop B.
METF has processed grants and personal donations from individuals for this project totalling $45,000.
2019: Trail Repairs at Salamonie Lake
2020: Trenching Attachment
2020: Grader Attachment
2020: Trail Repair in Brown County
2020: Mini Crawler Carrier
2021: Equipment Trailer
It's great to have the equipment to do trail work efficiently, but you've got to get the equipment to the worksite first! So in 2021 METF collected donations for its Trail Equipment Fund totalling $4,000 to purchase an equipment trailer that could transport the skid steer and the crawler carrier in one load, with room for attachments. The trailer has contributed significantly to getting trail projects completed efficiently and at the least cost. It is used on any METF-supported project where equipment is needed.
2021 Safety Trail Markers in Brown County
Working with ITRA and Indiana DNR, METF received $1,200 in private donations to purchase and install, in newly designed trail markers at Brown County State Park. They were placed on the “A” side trails in April 2022. The trail markers will help riders navigate the trail better and give emergency personnel a more precise location of the trail rider in the event of an accident.
Versailles Park mudhole
Mudhole eliminated by turnpike
2022: Versailles State Park Trail Enhancements
METF obtained grants to conduct an experimental trail enhancement in Versailles State Park. ITRA volunteers and others completed an experimental turnpike trail improvement project in summer 2022. This project was funded, in part, by a grant from Southeast Indiana REMC’s Operation Round-up Grant program that METF was able to obtain. METF received $2,500 for the turnpike and for planting trees in the overnight horse camp.
A turnpike is a slightly elevated trail that is lined with rocks and has a surface of packed gravel. Turnpikes permanently address low wet spots that get excessively muddy. Rainwater passes through the rock to the ground, leaving a solid surface for horses or people, and no mud! This experimental trail was built on a 100-foot section of severe mud slop on the X Trail that was dangerous for horses. METF's Vermeer skid steer and crawler carrier were instrumental to the completion of the project.
2023: Versailles State Park Trail Enhancements
The METF helped fund the installation of a Break Area off of Trail D and Trail Improvements to eliminate muddy sections for X, Y and Z Trails. The work was performed by volunteers from the Indiana Trail Riders Association and Local Citizens. The funds were raised primarily from private donors.
2023: Brown County State Park Trail Improvements
The METF funded the Excavation Services required to correct serious erosion problems for trails 6, 11, 17 and 18. The work was coordinated with the Indiana Trail Riders Association. This was funded through a donation received from the Brown County Community Foundation.