In an effort to create better trails, several groups gathered over the weekend to clear a path for safety.

It was the second year for the trail clearing event on the Chester Creek Trail. Anchorage Parks and Recreation along with the Rogers Park Community Council and its Take Back Our Community committee worked to thin and remove an invasive plant: the bird cherry trees, also known as chokecherry or Mayday trees.

Hans Thompson was one of the volunteers working on the project.

"It's important we get on this right now because it's an exponential problem. As we address it now, we're going to avoid doing more work in the future," he said.

Thompson said he is used to yard work, but this is on a much grander scale.

"I work four hours really hard," he said. "Then I can go home and take the best nap of my week."

The effort is about more than just removing unwanted plants. According to Linda Chase, who is active with the Rogers Park Community Council and its Take Back Our Community committee, cleaning up the trail is also about safety.

"So many people have left the trails, because they don't feel safe," she said.

Organizers say they want to improve visibility along the trail — for wildlife and other people — and hope that leads to more pedestrians and cyclists in the future.

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