AmeriCorps, Reporting from Bear Mountain

By Caitlyn Ball, AmeriCorps member of the Bear Mountain Trail Crew

Wednesday, June 11, 2014: Hey party people! I’m reporting to you from the office (booo hissss!) about some of the work we’ve been doing out on the trail at Bear Mountain (HIP HIP HOORAY!).

We are dedicating most of our time this summer to relocating a section of the Appalachian Trail and the volunteers are coming forth to help. Our crew this year is made up of four AmeriCorps members:  Jaime Nudd, Ellie Pelletier, Joe Knight, and Caitlyn Ball (that’s me), and Ama Koegnishof (Project Manager- Trail builder/Educator) and Kevin Simpson (Field Manager).

The AmeriCorps members of us officially began work on Bear Mountain as of May 23, but with the help of Buffalo State University students, Daniel Yu (who’s joined us for 131 volunteer hours since March) and Giacomo Vinces, just to name a few, we’ve accomplished some pretty great things. Thirty-five square feet of crib wall has been built, 258 rocks have been quarried via high lines and hernias (not really), and 330 square feet of trail has been restored to naturally adorn the sides of newly constructed trail.

New surfacing has been delivered to our delight here at Bear Mountain, and during the upcoming weeks we will reap the gratifying feelings of completing several sections of trail! Check back for updates soon and some trail work tales and don’t forget to get out and enjoy the trails of Bear Mountain!

Get out with the Bear Mountain Crew. Find their schedule on our Trail Crew Schedule.

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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