December 20, 2012
I've been a fan of the Trail Conference since becoming a member 20+ years ago. Through the Trail Conference I discovered new places, found local hiking clubs, got to know thousands of miles of Trail Conference-maintained trails, and "jumped in" as a trail maintainer and hike leader. The Trail Conference has given me countless destinations and adventures, the perfect remedy for life in the hectic Northeast. They've led the way in conserving trail lands, advocating for nature and the outdoors, and creating greenways for people and wildlife. They built the original section of the Appalachian Trail and maintain the New York and New Jersey sections to this day. They've stuck to their mission and improved quality of life for all who seek out nature's quiet places. After 2 decades as a volunteer, I finally joined the staff in 2011, and I still feel the same way now as I did 20 years ago. What I appreciate most about the Trail Conference is its ability to convert member support into on-the-ground results -- 1,850 miles of well-maintained, scenic trails that anyone can enjoy.
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