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Adopt-a-Trail Program

What is Adopt-a-Trail?

The Adopt-a-Trail program is a combined effort between the Luce Line Trail Association and volunteers, along with the cooperation of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Individuals, families and organizations can be responsible for approximately 1 mile of trail. Some portions of the trail have two separate treadways to maintain (limestone and grass trails).

Volunteers can help keep the Luce Line Trail free of unsightly litter, monitor conditions and perform routine maintenance.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Pick up litter and debris at least 3 times a year.
  • Make routine inspections for general damage, down trees, sinkholes, etc ... and report these problems to the Trail Manager.
  • Pruning of brush and branches (trimmings can be scattered in brush and weeds alongside trail).
  • Removal of debris, such as tree branches, from the drainage ditches along side of trail.
  • Mowing and weed trimming along trail ... or report the need for mowing to the Trail Manager.

Volunteers Agree to . . .

  • Complete and return the Adopt-a-Trail Application and the Volunteer Application.
  • Be courteous to trail users.
  • Have a sense of responsibilty for safety for self and others.
  • Review the Safety Tips to be aware of the hazards of working on a trail right-of-way and take them seriously.
  • Pick up litter and perform other trail maintenance on a designated segment of the trail for at least a two year period.
  • Work during daylight hours only.
  • Provide adequate supervision to participants eighteen years of age or younger.
  • Stay within the area between the right-of-way boundaries, marked by State Trail Boundary sign posts. Trespassing on private property is not allowed. Pick up needed supplies from the Trail Manager during regular business hours.
  • Arrange litter pick up date in advance with the Trail Manager if needed.
  • Place filled trash bags at prearranged locations determined by the Trail Manager. You are encouraged to recycle appropriate materials for your own benefit.
  • Return borrowed or unused supplies to the Trail Manager at such time that you no longer need them.

    Adopt-a-Trail Guidelines

The Trail Manager will . . .

  • Provide trash bags and hand tools as needed.
  • Arrange to remove filled trash bags from the adopted trail.
  • Arrange to remove large, heavy or hazardous materials as needed.


Trail Manager (Plymouth to Winsted)
Dick Schmidt
DNR Trails and Waterways
3980 Watertown Road
Maple Plain, MN 55259
Phone: (612) 475-0371

Trail Manager (Winsted to Cosmos)
Joe DeJaeghere
DNR Trails and Waterways
20596 Highway 7
Hutchinson, MN 55350
Phone: (320) 234-7616

Adopt-a-Trail Coordinator
George Buehl
Luce Line Trail Association
PO Box 102
Watertown, MN 55388
Phone: (612) 955-2852

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