Category Archives: Profile

New Bridge Completed Over Stony Brook in Stokes State Forest

By Jean Brennan, Member of the West Jersey Trail Crew In the spring of 2015, the West Jersey Trail Crew began work in Stokes State Forest on a new realignment of the Stony Brook and Blue Mountain trails, including a … Continue reading

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A Year in the Life of the Westchester Trail Tramps

By Westchester Trail Tramps Supervisor Mary Dodds The Westchester Trail Tramps has evolved into a year-round crew that performs trail maintenance, improvement, construction, and monitoring Wednesday and Friday mornings (and other days when necessary). We go where we are needed … Continue reading

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Weekend Workshops Teach the Skills to Become a Master Naturalist, Outdoors Woman

By Hope Rogers, Trail Walker Contributor For people who want to learn more about the natural world and find concrete ways to support it, or for those who want to learn new outdoor skills, New York State offers two information-packed programs … Continue reading

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Reaching Out in Westchester: Sharing the Trail Conference Mission

Text and photos by Andrea Minoff, Trail Conference volunteer Over the past several years, I have participated in several outreach events in Westchester County for the Trail Conference. If you are a not a “boots on the ground” kind of … Continue reading

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I Caught the Stone Bug—and Got Certified

By Kevin Stamey, AmeriCorps member of the Megalithic Trail Crew on Bear Mountain   Trail workers face many hazards, like bad weather and getting bitten by ticks.  A lesser known hazard is the bite of the stone bug, which overwhelms … Continue reading

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Trail Conference Staff Announcements: Spring 2015

Jeff Senterman Named Associate Director of the Catskill Center On July 1, Jeff Senterman will be leaving his role as the Trail Conference’s Senior Program Coordinator and Catskills Program Coordinator to become the Associate Director of the Catskill Center. The … Continue reading

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Volunteers Share “Trail Magic” During Office Move

Many hikers are familiar with the term “trail magic,” the serendipitous acts of kindness usually expressed toward thru-hikers. But did you know these kinds of selfless acts happen right here in the Trail Conference offices as well? It’s an incredible … Continue reading

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Tossing Snowballs in May: Long Distance Trails Crew Explores the Ellenville Ice Caves

It’s not all work for the Long Distance Trails Crew. Members of this trail-building team recently took a holiday to the ice caves in the Shawangunks.  By David Booth, member of the Long Distance Trails Crew Photos by Franz Rucker and … Continue reading

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Volunteer Spotlight: Raina Stoutenburg, Trail Supervisor

By Raina Stoutenburg, Central South Westchester Trail Supervisor I spent the summer of 2014 working on a New York-New Jersey Trail Conference trail crew through AmeriCorps and greatly enjoyed the experience. From getting a chance to build and fix beautiful trails, to … Continue reading

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Long Distance Trails Crew Kicks Off Trail-Building Season

Crew Starts Appalachian Trail Relocation at Bear Mountain Text by Bob Fuller; pictures by Marty Costello, members of the Long Distance Trails Crew After a winter of fun crew outings—including hikes, snowshoeing, and a New Year’s Eve party—the Long Distance … Continue reading

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