Category Archives: Profile

Volunteer Spotlight: Kay Cynamon, South Taconic Trails Map Project

Kay Cynamon doesn’t exactly see the “work” in all of the volunteer work she’s done for the Trail Conference. “I just like loping around outside,” says the Manhattan-based physician, who’s been a Trail Conference member for over 20 years. “If … Continue reading

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A Snowshoeing Revival in Phoenicia

By Jeff Senterman, Regional Programs Manager and Catskills Program Coordinator Everyone knows that in winter, skiing and snowboarding reign supreme in the Catskills. But what about those people who like a slower pace and want to enjoy the outdoors in … Continue reading

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My Trail to Becoming a Volunteer Supervisor

By Patrick J. Dalton, Trail Conference Supervisor of Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve in Staten Island In May 2014, I renewed my Trail Conference membership and rekindled my dormant passion for hiking and outdoors solitude. It had been three … Continue reading

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State Steward at Kaaterskill Falls Is Step Toward Safer Hiking

For the past month, and extending through the upcoming Columbus Day holiday, Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Backcountry Steward Regina Willis has been monitoring hiker activity along the Kaaterskill Falls Trail in the Catskills Thursdays through Mondays, sharing information about … Continue reading

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mark Popadak, Palisades Trail Crew

By Charlotte Rutherfurd and Tina McGill, AmeriCorps members of the Palisades Trail Crew Mark Popadak of Union, NJ, has amassed over 439 hours of volunteer service since May of this year. On an average day, he’s working alongside his brother … Continue reading

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Getting to Know a Dragon on Bear Mountain

By Caitlyn Ball, AmeriCorps member of the Bear Mountain Crew The Komodo Dragon joins us every weekend on Bear Mountain. He’s aptly been given this nickname because of the tenacious manner in which he goes about his work. Daniel Yu … Continue reading

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From Wheelchair to Trail Builder

Trail work helps this AmeriCorps member rebuild herself after she is hit by a car. By Charlotte Rutherfurd, AmeriCorps member of the Palisades Trail Crew Two years ago, I couldn’t hike. Actually, I couldn’t even walk. I was hit by … Continue reading

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Ramapo Student Rounds Out His Studies with a Trail Internship

by Charlotte Rutherford, AmeriCorps member of the Palisades Trail Crew Jon Hoekstra (left), a recent graduate of Ramapo College majoring in Environmental Studies and a resident of Hawthorne, NJ, has amassed more than 30 hours of volunteer service since May, building … Continue reading

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People for Trails: Volunteer Fred Stern, Appalachian Trail Corridor Manager

Meet Fred Stern, of Cortlandt Manor, NY, who volunteers with the Trail Conference as Appalachian Trail Corridor Manager for Dutchess / Putnam Counties. What does an AT Corridor Manager do? Fred supervises the work of volunteer corridor monitors who regularly … Continue reading

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Trail Conference Headquarters Naming Opportunity: Giving Each Room Meaning and Inspiration

Our values of conservation, volunteerism, and education rank among the primary reasons that our supporters make the Trail Conference a priority. Some of our closest friends have chosen to make a one-time legacy naming gift to permanently support the Trail … Continue reading

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