Volunteer Chain Sawyers Clear Hundreds of Trees from Park Trails

Volunteer chain sawyer

Chain Sawyer Steve Zabarik clears a trail in Harriman State Park

Trail Conference volunteers got quite a workout in 2011, what with a hurricane, tropical storm and an early snowfall creating havoc all around. Within days of each, volunteers were assessing and repairing the damage.

John Mack, trails chair of the West Hudson South region, reports that two chain saw teams in his area cleared 171 trees from trails in Harriman-Bear Mountain and the Tenafly Nature Center in New Jersey in just one month after the October 30 snowstorm. They had cleared 455 trees from July 1 through November 30.

Trails Council Chair Pete Heckler was hiking trails Thanksgiving weekend and afterward had nothing but praise for the crews and maintainers. “Hundreds of people were out enjoying the trails at Harriman,” he said. “That they were able to do so is thanks to the hard work of our volunteers.”

The New Jersey Herald recognized the work of our volunteers. Click here to read their report.

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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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