Over the past two years, the AMC Volunteer Teen Trail Crew
program has partnered with the Greater Lovell Land Trust and Loon Echo Land
Trust in Maine. This partnership has
grown out of a need of the Land Trusts for volunteer work on their trails. The AMC Teen Trail Crew program has the
ability to recruit teens from all over New England and beyond to come up and
provide valuable trail work to GLLT and LELT.
In return, our crew participants get to experience a new
location that is unique from our traditional White Mountain National Forest
crew locations. Plus, we get to learn
about the differences in managing a small Land Trust versus a large public land
unit like the National Forest; all while enjoying front country amenities as
these crews get to be based at roadside facilities near excellent swimming
This partnership does not just benefit the Land Trust and
the Teen Crew program; local residents in the area benefit as well.
When we work on trails in the White
Mountains, the users who experience the improved trails might come from all
over the country, so they don’t always know what condition the trails were in
before we worked on them.
Most users of
trails on GLLT and LELT though, are residents who live in neighborhoods around
the land trusts, so they immediately see the upgrade in trail conditions and
are that much more grateful to our hard working crews.
So, help us continue to support this invaluable partnership
with GLLT and LELT by signing up for these crews: LELT runs from July 20-25 and the GLLT crew
runs August 10-15.