Volunteers

Putting people to work on the trails: youth corps, service and conservation corps, AmeriCorps, and other programs for young Americans. Volunteer programs include maintenance, trail building, monitoring, training, promoting, and developing volunteerism.

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posted Apr 11, 2019

North Country Trail Handbook

by North Country National Scenic Trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail (NST) extends for thousands of miles across seven states. Its layout, design, construction, and maintenance require the participation of a myriad of individuals and groups.


posted Mar 27, 2019

Adopter Handbook for North county Trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail facilitates trail maintenance through a system of Trail Adopters who take responsibility for sections of trail. The NCTA Adopter Handbook notes that “A good trail experience is what gains support for the trail and ultimately increases membership.” The Handbook details standards for signs, blazes, tread, bridges, and campsites.


posted Feb 15, 2019

Volunteer Guide to Trail Protection

by North Country National Scenic Trail

As we forge ahead building new trail each year, particularly on private land, how will we make sure the trail and the surrounding area are enjoyed into future generations?

  tags: landowner, land

posted Aug 22, 2018

My Public Lands -- Middle School Teaching Guide

by Bureau of Land Management

Through this teaching guide, students learn to locate national scenic and historic trails that they can visit with their families. Students also carefully read the inspirational language of the National Trails System Act, which motivates them to explore public lands and highlights the crucial role of volunteers in trail maintenance.

  tags: education, public lands

posted Jun 6, 2018

Rim Butte OHV Trails - Oregon

Deschutes County 4 Wheelers are providing volunteer time and donations to develop a system of designated technical four-wheel drive trails in cooperation with the Deschutes National Forest.


posted Jun 6, 2018

Horseshoe Bend Park Trail Restoration - New Jersey

The trail system was in critical need of erosion control, raised walkways, and small bridges to enable the broadest number of people to use the trails year round, while protecting water quality and habitat.


posted Jan 16, 2018

Louisiana: Freddie Paul

North Louisiana is fortunate to have a small group of volunteers who are involved in the planning, building and maintenance of trails in their surrounding area.


posted Jan 16, 2018

Wyoming: Bruce Burrows

Bruce Burrows has been a long-time volunteer with Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, and Trails (WY SPHS&T).


posted Jan 16, 2018

Wisconsin: Dick Kroener

Dick Kroener is one of those people who thrives on volunteerism in a multitude of ways.


posted Jan 16, 2018

West Virginia: Charles L. Dundas

Charles L. Dundas ("Charlie") began building trails, as a volunteer, in 1958.