Chance Encounters of the Grateful Kind

Sterling Forest trail volunteersWhen 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!

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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