Volunteer Girl Power
The International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador (IATNL) has begun planning trail improvements for 2016, including on the Humber Valley Trail, Grand Codroy Way, and French Shore Trail near Conche, with volunteers Katie Broadhurst and Alex Fortin channeling girl power! They have recently begun developing a plan to increase the local volunteer base, in particular among young adults who appreciate outdoor adventure and physical fitness.
Katie Broadhurst (left) and Alexandra Fortin
They are seeking adventure-loving low-maintenance volunteers to help on popular yet under-maintained scenic trails. There is lots to do, but they know how to get 'er done and still have fun!
Volunteers Caroline Swan, Arne Helgeland & Katie Broadhurst on the IAT Overfalls Trail, Gros Morne NP
For 2016, volunteer "work" will include trail maintenance, new trail development, backcountry cabin renovations, and lots and lots of HIKING! The goal is to have one trail enhancement project per month, whether one day local or multi day backcountry.
Volunteer Alexandra Fortin taking a break on the IAT Overfalls Trail
Plans call for a kick off in May with a gathering of volunteers to review the summer plan, cover basic trail maintenance techniques, and meet all of the fellow volunteers! They will then put it all into action with a little maintenance on the Old Man in the Mountain section of the Humber Valley Trail.
Trail volunteers taking a break by an October fire
For more on the story, go to the IATNL website.