New Trail Coordinator enjoying position

By: 
CHARLIE DENISON
Reporter
Monday, July 2, 2018

New Trails Coordinator Scott Perkins does some weed whacking by the trails entrance on East Main Street Friday. 

Photo by Charlie Denison

 

So far, so good.

That’s what Lewistown Trail Coordinator Scott Perkins had to say after five weeks on the job.

“It’s a lot of work, and, right now, it’s a lot of trimming,” he said. “The grass is growing about an inch a day. Everything is growing so fast.”

Perkins, a Lewistown native, has 18 miles of trails to work with, which keeps him plenty busy. Fortunately, he has an assistant – Bridger Grover– who follows along and helps out with each assigned task. 

This time of year, tasks consist mainly of mowing and weed whacking. 

“Weed control is big,” said Perkins. “It’s going to be a bad weed year. Fortunately, we have a contract with Fergus County, so it’s my job to identify the weeds and then let Fergus County Weed Coordinator Brady Cannon know what – and where – to spray.”

Recently retired from the transportation industry, where much of his work entailed road construction, Perkins said he appreciates the change of pace. He walks the trails and identifies opportunities for clean up. There is much to do, but it hasn’t been overwhelming, and that’s partly thanks to trail users picking up after themselves.

“There isn’t much litter on the trail,” he said. “People are good at keeping the trash in garbage cans.”

The trails are in good shape, Perkins said, and he wants to keep them that way by watering the trees, trimming around the bushes and much more.

Perkins loves the trails and wants to do all he can to keep them up like former Trail Coordinator Brad McCardle did. Like others in town, Perkins said he believes the trails are an asset to Lewistown.

“This is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors,” he said. “There are a lot of people who take advantage of it, which is great to see. These trails really give you a chance to enjoy nature.”

Considering the popularity of the trails, Perkins said there is talk of further developing the trails past Beaver Creek and Cottonwood Creek. 

“I hope to see more development of the trails out near Moore,” he said.

 

In the meantime, it’s Perkins’ job to keep the trails looking good, a job he said is a privilege, an honor and a fun challenge.

There is always something to be done, and that will be the case no matter what the season.

“I’ll be keeping the trails nice,” he said, “whether that means moving or removing snow. There is a lot to keep up with. I just try to attack things when they need to be done and relax when they don’t. There are also a lot of equipment repairs involved. It’s an enriching, fulfilling job and I’m learning as I go.”

So is Grover, who said he’s greatly enjoyed working the trails with Perkins.

“He’s a hard worker,” Grover said, “and he’s taught me a lot so far.”

 Grover heads to college in the fall, but helping out this summer has been a great way to spend his time.

“It’s great to keep the town looking good,” said Grover.

Parks and Recreation Director Jim Daniels said he is pleased with the job Perkins has done thus far. 

“We feel we have a wonderful system here and [Perkins] has done a great job picking up where McCardle left off,” Daniels said. “He’s a nice addition to our trails department.”

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