AMC/NH-JAG: Trail Stewardship for Northern NH Youth

AMC Trails Programming will be partnering with NH-Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) for the second year in a row! Building on the success of the AMC/NH-JAG partnership in Berlin, NH High School in 2011 we have expanded our programming to work with two High Schools in 2012.

AMC partnered with NH-JAG for the first year in 2011 to offer Conservation and Trail Stewardship work experience during the summer for NH-JAG students in Berlin, NH High School. The program was an overwhelming success. Looking forward, there was 
interest to not only continue to work with Berlin, NH, but expand to a second NH-JAG program in Woodsville, NH.

Through generous grants both AMC and NH-JAG have developed a full summer season of Conservation and Trail Stewardship work for these students. Berlin’s NH-JAG students will be working for four weeks of July continuing to work on the new trail they constructed on Mount Jasper in Berlin, NH. These students will also work to help construct a second trail on Mount Jasper, as well as working directly with the White Mountain National Forest to construct a new trial on Mount Washington.

The students from Woodsville’s NH-JAG program will be working for three weeks of August on White Mountain National Forest trails to repair damage cause by tropical storm Irene, as well as invasive plant species removal, and erosion control trail maintenance.

In addition to the Trail Stewardship work experience these students will become involved in AMC citizen science research efforts in climate change. AMC Research staff will be offering a number of opportunities during the summer work experience for the NH-JAG students to become actively involved in data collection for this important, long-term climate study.

All of the Trail Stewardship projects will be directly led by two AMC staff Trail Crew Leaders. These two leaders have been hired to work exclusively with the NH-JAG students in Berlin and Woodsville for the 2012 summer season.

Alana Scannell
AMC/NH-JAG Trail Crew Leader
Hello! This will be my first summer working for the AMC and I could not be more excited! I have been exploring the White Mountains since before I was old enough to tie my own hiking boots and I have to say these mountains are pretty fantastic. I am originally from the Boston area but I am studying social work at the University of New Hampshire. I am currently studying abroad in South America - two months in Buenos Aires, Argentina and two months in Lima, Peru. I spent spring break backpacking through Torres Del Paine, Patagonia and I am so excited to spend a whole summer surrounded by mountains! When I am not frolicking in the wilderness I like to play guitar and ukulele, bake, and yell angrily at the TV while watching Red Sox games. I can't wait to be a part of the AMC/NH-JAG program and see all the lovely faces that come through!

Michael Farmer
AMC/NH-JAG Trail Crew Leader
This summer will be my first year working for the AMC as a NH-JAG Trail Crew Leader and I am looking forward to a summer in the White Mountains! I am from Vermont and thru-hiked the Long Trail when I was 13, this inspired me to hike the Appalachian Trial when I was 18 and ever since I have appreciated the work that trails crews do to allow everyone to enjoy the outdoors. I am a senior at Lyndon State College where I study Exercise Science which helps me to learn how to maximize the strength of the human body, which will be a useful skill in trail building! I am looking forward to working with local students teaching mountain stewardship, and I hope that this education will inspire them to spread the message of conservation in recreational settings. Living in the White Mountains will allow me to do some of my favorite activities such as hiking and rock climbing and I am looking forward to seeing you out on the trails!

To read more about the 2011 AMC/NH-JAG program check out the August 10, 2011 Berlin Daily Sun article and the AMC Trails Blog post on the AMC/NH-JAG partnership.

We are very much looking forward to an outstanding 2012 summer partnership between AMC and NH-JAG offering unique and meaningful work experience for northern New Hampshire youth.

We’ll see you on the trails!