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National Park Service Hosts Trail Stewardship Event at Mohican Outdoor Center
BUSHKILL, PA- According to Superintendent John J. Donahue, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is hosting a free trail stewardship event at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Mohican Outdoor Center (MOC) in Blairstown, NJ on Saturday, June 17. “In celebration of Blairstown being designated as the state’s first Appalachian Trail Community on Earth Day this year, we are partnering with Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI), New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NYNJTC), and Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) to bring this trail stewardship event to the public,” said Donahue. Participants will take part in trail building and maintenance activities on the trails near the Appalachian Trail and MOC.
Those interested in participating should plan to arrive at the outdoor center by 9:30am. Volunteers should prepare to spend up to 5 hours in the field and will be given assistance from professional trails staff for the entirety of the project. Once the field work is complete, participants will reconvene and each volunteer group will report on their stewardship activities, with volunteer leaders sharing the increasing importance of environmental stewardship, and how to become more involved. Finally, for those volunteers who are eager to learn more about how to prepare and most enjoy their next outdoor adventure, there will be a gear raffle and outdoor education classes taught by instructors from REI Outdoor School.
Registration for the event is required and can be found at https://tinyurl.com/dwgnra. We encourage participants to carpool due to limited capacity for vehicles at Mohican Outdoor Center. The event will take place rain or shine, so be prepared for all types of weather. Bring a backpack, water resistant clothing, and an extra insulation layer in case it gets cold. Due to the physical nature of the work, closed-toe shoes (boots or hiking shoes, no sneakers/running shoes) and full length pants are required. Bring a pair of work gloves if you have them; gloves will be provided for those who don’t have them. Participants must also bring a trail lunch and at least one liter of water.
If you have any questions about the event contact, please contact AMC’s NY/NJ Trails Volunteer Programs Supervisor, Jonathan Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (201)283-0838.