Showing Off Our Trail Work and Volunteers

Today we were up on the Appalachian Trail at Bear Mountain, showing a reporter and photographer finished and ongoing stages of the trail  project there. On the Upper East Face, the focus of much of this year’s work, we met up with the crew of interns, volunteers Joe Knight (seen at left with Trail Builder/Educator Ama Koenigshof) and Kevin Stamey (at right), and professional trail builder Chris Ingui (who got his start as volunteer on the project) hard at work.

Kevin,  of Cortlandt Manor, NY, has been a regular on the project since July. “After a career in the office, I just wanted to be outside,” he said with a smile. “I went to the [Trail Conference] website looking for hiking options, click, click, click–and here I am.” Kevin is learning stone work skills as he volunteers.

If you’re interested in getting involved in this technical trail project, contact Ama at bearmountain@nynjtc.org or call her at 616-337-2481.

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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