If you have ever stopped by our Trail Conference office in Mahwah, NJ, (the former Ford Union Hall) you know what a busy place it is. On any given weekday, and some weekends, the office is bustling with staff, volunteers, and visitors. The office is a hub where information is collected from volunteers out in the field, maps and books are sold, mailings are sent, materials are stored, and all our meetings and indoor work take place. Crammed into the corners, you’ll find some of the Trail Conference’s best equipment: loppers, pickmatics, and other specialized trail tools. We don’t have enough space to store these items, nor do we have proper facilities to clean them on-site.
During the past few years, the number of trail miles we maintain has grown to over 2,000! The parks we service, staff members we employ, and programs we operate have all grown. With the numerous committees, Trail University workshops, and training sessions we host, we have simply run of space in our rented home. Because we cannot accommodate many workshops and sessions on-site, we must find outside space, sometimes incurring additional fees in the process. Even our regular volunteers have to squeeze into an increasingly tight space to do their good work for us.
With each passing day, the Trail Conference’s need for a permanent facility becomes more pressing. The sooner we complete and move into our new headquarters at Darlington Schoolhouse, the better we will able to do what we do best: care for the trails and protect your access to nature.