The greatest ally a trail can have is a committed group of volunteers.
Projects completed with groups of volunteers are a highlight of the trail construction season for Timber & Stone, LLC. With safety as our upmost priority, our team of trailbuilders enthusiastically works with volunteers, students, and stewards of all ages and technical ability. A typical volunteer work project entails:
- Assessment of volunteer’s skill level
- Training on use of equipment and specific trail construction techniques
- Completion of work project
A background in conservation team leadership and education compels us to focus on camaraderie, individual empowerment, and building group cohesion. The result—high quality trail construction at a fraction of the cost and a skilled group of volunteers eager to tackle the next project.
Volunteer Management in Action: Replacing a bridge on The Catamount Trail, Shrewsbury, Vermont
The Catamount Trail is a a 300 mile public-access, winter-use only ski trail that runs the length of Vermont from Massachusetts to Canada. The Catamount Trail Association (CTA) is a non-profit organization that manages the trail. The CTA relies heavily on a network of 300 active volunteers to improve and maintain the trail at a very low cost.
This bridge on the Shrewsbury, Vermont section of the Catamount Trail was destroyed as a result of flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
CTA Volunteers and students from the University of Vermont work together to transport lumber to the site.