When I’m out hiking, I love to meet volunteers who are out doing trail work. They are great, outdoor-loving people, dedicated to public service, but often hard to thank because they are so often working behind the scenery.
Recently, after a Trail U Orientation and Tool Use & Safety workshop at the Sterling Forest Visitors Center (check out the big new project and many volunteer opportunities we have going at Sterling Forest), I went for a brisk walk on the Sterling Lake Trail (4 miles, more or less) around that beautiful lake.
What a pleasure it was to run into the park’s volunteer Trail Supervisor Rich Jobsky and his wife Rochelle (Paramus, NJ). The couple was walking with two new Sterling Forest trail maintainers: husband and wife Steve Goldberg and Cathie Swyka.
Steve & Cathie are long-term Trail Conference maintainers in the Catskills (approaching 20 years according to office records) who wanted to adopt a trail in Sterling Forest, closer to their home in Monroe, NY. Rich reports they will maintain the eastern leg of the Sterling Lake Loop Trail. For now, he says, they are also keeping their Catskill responsibility: a two-mile section of the rugged Burroughs Range Trail/Long Path from the junction of the Phoenicia East Branch Trail to the summit of Slide Mountain.
Thank you (left to right in photo) Steve, Cathie, Rochelle, and Rich!