Stewardship

Congressman Olver thanking volunteers at Richardson-Zlogar cabin in Northfield, MA
Congressman Olver thanking volunteers at Richardson-Zlogar cabin in Northfield, MA
Eagle scouts install new kiosk in CT
Eagle scouts install new kiosk in CT
2012 Access Fund Adopt-a-crag at Farley Ledges in Erving, MA
2012 Access Fund Adopt-a-crag at Farley Ledges in Erving, MA
CT volunteers building bridges
CT volunteers building bridges
AMC Berkshire Chapter volunteers at Rising Corners, MA
AMC Berkshire Chapter volunteers at Rising Corners, MA
Young stewards helping with trail relocation in Belchertown, MA
Young stewards helping with trail relocation in Belchertown, MA
AMC Trail Adopters in Northfield, MA
AMC Trail Adopters in Northfield, MA
 
Volunteers are the heart and soul of the NET. We couldn’t maintain the trail without the dedicated efforts of hard-working volunteers!
 
The principal stewardship partners of the New England National Scenic Trail (NET) are the Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) in Connecticut, and the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) in Massachusetts.  The primary role of the National Park Service is to assist CFPA and AMC in implementing the "Management Blueprint" and coordinating the expenditure of federal funds for trail management and protection.  A Trail Stewardship Council (TSC) has also been assembled in both CT and MA to help guide implementation of the Trail Management Blueprint. 
 
CPFA and AMC work to organize and several hundred volunteers throughout the bi-state trail system, whose annual efforts provide thousands of hours of invaluable service to the NET.  Our volunteers come from many different backgrounds, including individual hiking enthusiasts, community groups, college outing clubs, and landowners.