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

Volunteer Fred Stern monitors the Appalachian Trail corridor.

Appalachian Trail Corridor Monitor volunteer Fred Stern.

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,

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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