New England NST 2017 Highlights

Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)
Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA)


  • Programs — AMC worked with the NET College Network Outing Club to hold several programs, including a freshmen orientation trip at the Richardson-Zlogar Cabin with Amherst College; UMass and Amherst College students attended a college trail work party at the Notch Visitors Center.
  • Artists — Created interactive story map using poetry and photos from David Leff, NET’s first poet-in-residence; artist William Van Beckum created eight scenic kiosks from Instagram photos that were installed for four months as temporary displays on the trail; forest therapy artist Bibi Calderaro held sensory walks; photographer-in-residence Xiomáro documented the entire NET with his camera in all four seasons.


  • Rerouting — AMC finalized its trail license agreement with the Holyoke Water Department and completed a reroute through the city’s Whiting Street Reservoir; CFPA relocated the NET from a longstanding roadwalk in Connecticut, made possible by an open space acquisition and the generosity of two private landowners.


  • Trail Crew — AMC held three weeks of volunteer teen trail crews; CFPA summer intern trail crew tackled larger improvement projects along the NET in Farmington, CT; CFPA hired a Student Conservation Association (SCA) trail crew to finish a major trail relocation at Chauncey Peak in Meriden, CT.
  • Trail Adopters — Added three new Trail Adopters and created a new trail reference manual for its volunteers.

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