Northern California has long had a way to report trail issues: ParkWatchReport.org. It created a wonderful opportunity! In 2014, we set out to make a new site at ParkWatchReport.com that would serve similar purposes, but throughout the U.S., not just Northern California. ParkWatchReport.com is owned and under the new management of ParkWatchReport, llc.
Today [July, 2015], we’re pointing the old domain to the new one. And the old information site has been reborn as MotherLodeTrails.org. The site has the same look and feel and editor… but now the reporting is forwarded to this site, along with the ParkWatchReport.org domain.
Our mission is to serve – not just all regions – all trail users. Since everyone is served by communication of trail issues to authorities, and accurate data on trail problems, we want to balance all perspectives: Hikers, runners, mountain bikers and equestrians should all be cultivated to make our trails friendlier for all.
In the last year we rolled out, not just ParkWatchReport.com, but mobile apps for Android & iPhone. We created a general reporting system at https://report.parkwatchreport.com as well as targeted sites for the Town of Plymouth, MA, El Dorado County, CA, as well as the previously served Folsom Lake and Auburn State Recreation Areas and the Hidden Falls Regional Park near Auburn, CA. Rangers can receive notifications and then directly access reports, comment and add tasks, and export the data for analysis, on a park-by-park or multi-park basis. But we’re just getting started… expect many more sites to be added in the coming year.
In addition, we have trails and park boundary maps right in our sites and apps, so you can plan routes and discover new ones. We’ve simplified the reporting form so you can get through it quickly… and we’re improving it with new releases frequently, as we get feedback from our users.
So enjoy both ParkWatchReport.com and MotherLodeTrails.org. We’re here to keep the trails friendly!