Sterling Forest Trails Project Underway

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


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STERLING FOREST STATE PARK: The NY–NJ Trail Conference has entered into an agreement with New York State Parks to develop a volunteer-based Back County Trails Restoration Program in the Sterling Forest State Park.

The program will train volunteers to inventory and assess trails, repair existing trails, and build new ones. Able-bodied individuals with an enthusiasm for outdoor service that enhances our public access to nature are encouraged to participate.

The project got underway Saturday, July 20 when 26 potential new volunteers attended an orientation and Tool Use & Safety workshop at the Frank Lautenberg Visitor Center at Sterling Forest State Park. Additional workshops and trail service outings will be scheduled at the park weekly through October. There are many opportunities to contribute to the park’s trail system, available on the project web page:

A series of both entry level and advanced hands-on workshops will teach volunteers how to layout and design sustainable, user-friendly trails, as well as how to build, repair, restore, and maintain them. Advanced techniques on how to repair and install crib wall; install or build rock paving, steps, drainage structures, stepping stones, and turnpikes will be taught as needed.

Up to 125 miles of selected trails will be inventoried, primarily by trained volunteers utilizing professional GPS Trimble equipment and Trail Conference methodology.

Training will be provided for all tasks and volunteers will work alongside experienced staff, interns, and other volunteers. All who participate will go home with new skills, new friends, a new appreciation for our trails, and the satisfaction of making a contribution to public recreation and health.

For more information, or to join our intern crew any time Thursdays through Sundays in creating the new Doris Duke trail, please contact Program Manager Sona Mason, [email protected] or 201-512-9348, ext. 16.