On May 22, 2010, the USFS / AMC Alpine Stewards finished their yearly training at Pinkham Notch Visitors Center. The training marks the beginning of eleven years of the Alpine Stewardship Volunteer Program on Franconia Ridge. The Stewards spent 2,240 hours on Franconia Ridge making contact with approximately 1/3 or 26,500 hikers in ten years .
The training included guest speakers: Alex DeLucia - AMC Volunteer Programs Supervisor, Jenny Burnett - USFS Forest Technician/ Trails Manager for Pemigewasset Ranger District. Justin Preisendorfer - Snow Ranger/ Backcountry Recreation & wilderness Manager Andro Ranger District, John Marunowski - Back-country/ Wilderness Ammo/ Pemo Ranger District, Michael Walsh - AMC Visitors Services Supervisor.
In addition Howie Wemyss, MT Washington Auto Road General Manager joined the Stewards to give the Auto Road perspective on this years pilot Mt. Washington Alpine Steward Program. There will be four weekends that the Stewards will be on Mt. Washington to interact with hikers and visitors about a variety of items, especially the unique and fragile alpine zone.
The Stewards are looking to another meaning full and productive year of on site education to protect the fragile and unique alpine zone ecology.
Photo: Scott Monroe