Are you a trail lover with some spare time? Do you enjoy hiking and working in the woods? If so, consider giving back to the Catamount Trail and Vermont’s cross-country and backcountry skiing resources as a CTA Trail Chief.
We need some help on the Catamount Trail in these areas:
Location: South Road to Landgrove Hollow Rd, Londonderry
Description: This 3.5-mile section is entirely within Green Mountain National Forest. It includes a short side trail to Mud Pond, which is more scenic than its name conveys!
Location: Patch Brook Road to Great Roaring Brook, Plymouth
Description: Approximately 5 miles in length, this section is primarily on privately conserved and state lands. It is shared with one other trail chief who knows the area well.
Location: Route 15 to Eden Mountain Road, Wolcott/Eden
Description: Section 26 of the Catamount Trail passes through a mix of private and state own lands, including Zach Woods Ponds and Green River Reservoir State Park. This section is approximately 12 miles and is shared with one other trail chief who knows the area well.
More about CTA’s Trail Chiefs
CTA Trail Chiefs are key volunteers who each take on maintenance for a segment of the Catamount Trail. Their main responsibility is to ensure that the Trail is well marked and clear of brush and blow-downs prior to each winter ski season. Trail Chiefs help organize local volunteers to assist in these trail maintenance efforts.
Trail Chiefs also serve as the CTA’s “eyes and ears” on the Trail and in the local community. We count on them to let the organization know of any major work or improvements needed on the Trail, such as bridge construction and repair, erosion control, or a re-route. Some parts of the Trail cross private lands and in these areas Trail Chiefs serve as key landowner contacts.
Our Trail Chiefs do not do all this work alone. The CTA staff work closely with Trail Chiefs and provide support wherever it is needed. Major trail improvements and relocations are usually accomplished with the help of grants, contractors, and college or youth crews. New landowner contact is usually a co-operative effort between staff and Trail Chiefs. Members usually assist Trail Chiefs with annual maintenance by joining one of the fall trail workdays. Keeping the Catamount Trail open and in tip-top shape is a team effort!
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Trail Chief for one of the sections indicated above, please email Amy Kelsey to learn more.