Corps Honored in DC for Project of the Year
The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s Bear Mountain Trails Project received a 2019 Project of the Year Award by The Corps Network at a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13. This national award recognizes Corps that have undertaken especially noteworthy endeavors within the past year. The Trail Conference received this prestigious honor during The Corps Network’s 2019 national conference, “Resilience.”
The Trail Conference finished construction on the historic Bear Mountain Trails Project in September 2018. It was not only the most ambitious rehabilitation of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) ever conducted, but also the project that launched our Conservation Corps program. Over the last 14 years, the Trail Conference has rallied the community to help transform the A.T. at Bear Mountain from an eroded, washed-out, 10-foot-wide scar into a safe, sustainable footpath and educational destination. It is an incredible honor to receive the Project of the Year Award. We recognize everyone—from our Conservation Corps members to volunteers and partners— who worked on this project and offer our thanks for helping us create a world-class trail experience for all to enjoy.
Pictured above: The Corps Network Chief Operating Officer Marie Walker presented the Project of the Year Award to Corps Manager Geoff Hamilton, left, and Corps member Eduardo Gill.