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Local Boy Scouts improve trail in Palomar Park

August 13, 2014
Major improvements have been made to Doane Nature Trail, one of Palomar Mountain State Park's most popular trails, by Boy Scout Troup 384 in Temecula. This was accomplished under the leadership of Eagle Scout candidate Ben Grenier and made possible with financial assistance from Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park and the California State Parks Foundation.

The park offers a self-guided tour in a guidebook describing the wide variety of plants that grow in the park as well as features of Doane Valley Nature Trail. Thirty numbered posts along the trail correspond to the trails listed in the guidebook. Due to years of neglect because of budget cuts, most of the posts were deteriorated, overgrown, or missing. Vital split-rail fencing established to keep hikers out of sensitive areas had disappeared. Trail signs and markers were in disrepair or missing.

Grenier selected improving this trail as his Eagle Scout project raising money on his own to pay for some of the materials. Grenier approached Friends of Palomar and the State Parks Foundation requesting financial assistance stating the following:

"As you know, Palomar Mountain State Park was slated for closure in 2012 due to state budget cuts, but the Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park raised enough money through private donations and grants to keep the state park going for all to enjoy. Now, it is my turn to help."

Grenier planned the project, procured the raw materials, and made the markers and signs for Doane Trail. He led fellow scouts and a trail maintenance volunteer to install them. This was a major project requiring considerable time, planning, and leadership skills.

The trail improvement is Phase 1 of a two-phase project. Phase 2 involves remedying a bog area on the trail where a seasonal spring flows.

Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park would like to thank Ben Grenier of Troop 384 and other volunteers for all the hard work and time invested in improving Doane Nature Trail. Friends of Palomar also acknowledge the donors and the Foundation for providing funds for materials to make this project successful.

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