MOODY — Anyone with a chainsaw and the skill to use it is invited to join Central Texas Master Naturalist volunteers in clearing a new trail at Mother Neff State Park Oct. 17.

The trail-clearing work is an ongoing project of the Belton-based group, said Yvonne Eele, the master naturalist coordinating the Mother Neff event.

Volunteers with or without chainsaws will meet at the park headquarters at 9 a.m. and work until noon, Eele said.

The crew will clear a walking trail to the park prairie along an old fence line, Park Superintendent Leah Huth said.

The park has chainsaws, but most volunteers prefer to use their own, Huth said. The park will provide fuel for those who bring their own saws.

“We do require the use of all safety equipment – chaps, ear protection and eye protection – for anyone using a chainsaw,” Huth said.

The park will provide loppers and pruners for volunteers who prefer a more low-tech approach to trail clearing, she said.

Trail work started last month and the work day will become a monthly event until the project is completed, Eele said.

Created in 2010 to serve Bell and surrounding counties, the Central Texas Master Naturalist chapter is part of a statewide program aimed at developing “a corps of well-informed volunteers who provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources,” according to the group’s website.

“The master naturalists commit to a number of volunteer hours and many chose to work at Mother Neff,” Huth said. “A lot of them were coming to the park before becoming master naturalists.”

Mother Neff State Park headquarters is at 1680 State Highway 236, Moody.

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