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 walk assigned boundary sections of Appalachian Trail corridor lands to ensure the boundary markers are maintained and the public land, owned by the National Park Service, is respected.
What’s special about land corridor monitoring? Unlike most of our volunteers, corridor monitors hike off-trail, using map & compass skills and survey maps to locate official boundary markers.
Fred says: “I feel like I’m accomplishing something by helping to steward the land. It’s not for everyone, but I’d like to find a few people to fill some positions in my section.”
Wait, there’s more. Fred also volunteers as:
- Trail Supervisor, Hudson Highlands State Park (north)
- Publications Field Checker (Walkable Westchester, 2nd edition)
- Maintainer, Camp Smith Trail, since 2010
- Crew member, Westchester Trail Tramps and Ward Pound Ridge Crew, since 2009
- AT Corridor Monitor, Dutchess South
How he got involved: His wife spotted a How to Volunteer with the Trail Conference orientation; they attended. The rest is history in the making.
Background: Life-long hiker; retired IT manager for US Probation Office in NYC
Interested? We have a workshop coming up on Saturday, April 5 in which you can learn how to volunteer as a land monitor: Intro to Land Monitor Training. Contact Volunteer Coordinator John Leigh, firstname.lastname@example.org.