Trail Conference Conservation Corps

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About the Program

The purpose of the Trail Confererence Conservation Corps Program is to train, enable and empower future conservation leaders by teaching sustainable trail building and stewardship techniques, while engaging and teaching community volunteers on the responsible use and care of open space and addressing the needs of land managers.


  • Community Volunteers: Recruit, train, deploy, manage and retain an increasing number and diversity of volunteers.
  • Corps Members: Provide high quality learning experience to service members while performing meaningful service duties.
  • Education: Inform a broad constituency on responsible trail stewardship, recreation, the value of open space, to improve access to open space and quality trail experiences and the Trail Conference mission.
  • Trails and Lands: Improve trail and land quality through implementing sustainable building and restoration solutions.

Key Principles

  • Integration of community volunteers into the program
  • Corps members will not replace staff or existing volunteers, designed to aid and enhance existing capacities
  • Skills training is an essential component for ensuring a positive experience for corps members and community volunteers alike
  • Address land manager’s trail and land stewardship needs

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    Program Impacts

    See some of what our staff and volunteers accomplished:

    2015 Highlights:

    • 5 miles of trails built, maintained,and restored
    • 102 acres of habitat restored 
    • 610 volunteers completed over 24,723 service hours

    Trail Conference Conservation Corps Crews:

    • Megalithic: The Megalithic Trail Crew serves in Bear Mountain State Park on a major relocation and restoration effort of the Appalachian Trail.
    • Invasive Strike Force: The Invasive Strike Force works throughout the New York and New Jersey area, mapping and eradicating invasive species.
    • Palisades: The Palisades Trail Crew serves in Sterling Forest building and rehabilitating trails, to meet sustainable trail standards.  This season the crew is focusing on the construction of the Redback/Eagle multi-use trail loop.
    • Taconic: The Taconic Trail Crew serves in the Fahnestock, Hudson Highlands State Park, and Breakneck Ridge areas, in order to restore existing trails to meet sustainable trail standards.  This season the crew is focusing on the restoration of Undercliff and Wilkinson Trails.
    • Highlands: The Highlands Trail Crew serves on the Highlands Trail in New Jersey assessing and addressing sustainability issues along the 100 mile stretch of trail.


    Get Involved


    The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is an AmeriCorps Education Award Program through The Corps Network

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