Tag Archives: Volunteers

Improving the Long Swamp Trail, One Hike at a Time

Eagle Scout could earn another prestigious Hornaday Conservation Award for his efforts combating invasive species in Sterling Forest By Zachary Kunow, Trail Conference volunteer I am a 16-year-old Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 21 of Suffern, N.Y., and have … Continue reading

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Mahwah’s Historic Preservation Commission Honors Trail Conference with Heritage Award

At the Mahwah council meeting on Jan. 21, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference was honored for our work in restoring the Darlington Schoolhouse and repurposing the historic building as our new headquarters. Presented by Commission Chair Barbara Shanley and members Anne … Continue reading

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My Experience Interning at the Trail Conference (I Didn’t Even Need Hiking Boots!)

By Elissa D’Aries, Former New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Intern As a not-outdoorsy literature major who would admittedly rather be sitting inside rereading Jane Eyre than hiking Bear Mountain, I never imagined interning at the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. … Continue reading

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Black Bear Encounter on Cedar Swamp Trail

By: David Day, West Jersey Trail Crew Co-Leader First published in the Winter 2016 edition of Trail Walker On Nov. 14, the Trail Conference’s West Jersey Trail Crew was working in Wawayanda State Park on the long-term project of refurbishing the … Continue reading

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SUEZ Water North Jersey Volunteers Are Committed to Building and Protecting Trails

Many thanks to SUEZ Water North Jersey for doing their part in helping the Trail Conference create, protect, and promote 2,100 miles of public trails. Check out our video that showcases our partnership with ny/nj trail conference Posted by SUEZ Water North … Continue reading

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Ask a Trail Builder: What’s Up With All the Hammers?

By Ama Koenigshof, Trail Builder and Educator Why all the hammers?  Do you really need them to build trails? Hammers are an essential tool in trail construction, especially when dry stone masonry is involved. But the variety can be overwhelming. Hammers … Continue reading

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Bard Students Team Up with Long Distance Trails Crew to Help Relocate the Appalachian Trail on Bear Mountain

Text by Bob Fuller, Andrea Minoff, and Marty Costello, photos by Andrea Minoff, members of the Long Distance Trails Crew Students supplement sustainable trail design class work with field experience This October, the Trail Conference’s Long Distance Trails Crew (LDTC) … Continue reading

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Building Trails in Sterling Forest: Work Begins on Red Back, Eagle

By: Sona Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator Over the last few years, the Trail Conference, in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), has been writing down their “to-do” list for trail building and … Continue reading

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The Future Mt. Tobias Trail

By Will Soter, Catskills Assistant Program Coordinator Mt. Tobias is not your typical Catskill hiking destination. Its relatively short, 2,540-foot summit and its lack of any official trails tend to keep hikers from seeking its peak. With the opening of … Continue reading

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New Bridge Completed Over Stony Brook in Stokes State Forest

By Jean Brennan, Member of the West Jersey Trail Crew In the spring of 2015, the West Jersey Trail Crew began work in Stokes State Forest on a new realignment of the Stony Brook and Blue Mountain trails, including a … Continue reading

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