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Supervised Volunteer Trails Program

ADK strives to provide all of our volunteers with a positive and rewarding experience while giving back to trails. Since its inception in 1986, the Supervised Volunteer Trails Program has paralleled the professional trail crews in adopting sound techniques and methods of trail maintenance.

Volunteer projects are inherently educational, allowing participants to not only learn the skills associated with trail work, but also the natural history of the area and Leave No Trace backcountry ethics.

Volunteer trail work is truly at the heart of ADK since the "Trails and Shelters” committee was established in 1923. Over the years, ADK’s role has changed from building trails to making current trails sustainable through sound layout and long-lasting trail structures. ADK Trail Volunteers get great satisfaction from contributing to a high-quality trail project. Volunteering is also an opportunity to meet some great folks.

2014 Volunteer Accomplishments

Over 250 volunteers participated in our supervised trips, logging over 3,500 hours of volunteer labor. Some of their accomplishments include

  • 26 miles "patrolled” (all drainages cleared, all blowdown removed), with 175 pieces of blowdown removed.
  • Installed 2 new stream bridges spanning 56 feet
  • Installed 22 rock stepping stones 
  • 200 square feet of wood turnpike
  • Installed 8 rock steps
  • Re-vegetated over 180 square feet of impacted soils

Get Involved!

The Supervised Volunteer Program is made possible by the support of the Cold River, Genesee, Laurentian, Niagara Frontier, Saratoga-Glens Falls, and Schenectady ADK chapters.

 · Volunteer Trail Schedule
 · Volunteer Trails Program
 · Backcountry Stewardship
 · Summit Steward Program
 · Professional Trail Crew

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