Making Great Trails Possible

July 07, 2018
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


Making Great Trails Possible
Conservation Corps crew leaders with packs donated from L.L. Bean and patch sewing done by Meadtown Cleaners. Photo by Heather Darley.


Thanks to the following businesses and foundations for supporting the work of the Trail Conference in 2018.

Two A.T. Projects Receive Grants from ATC and L.L. Bean

Two Trail Conference projects on the Appalachian Trail have been made possible by grants from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) through funding from L.L. Bean. Volunteers will be replacing 1,128 feet of deteriorated puncheon planking near Vernon, N.J., and will finish building steps at the Taconic Parkway. The grants total $8,575.

Orange & Rockland Sponsors Ramapo Trails Project

Orange & Rockland Utilities has donated $10,000 to support the Trail Conference’s Ramapo Trails Project. This grant funds our work to make a significant, lasting impact on the sustainability, navigability, and safety of the trail system in Bergen County’s Ramapo Valley County Reservation and the adjoining parklands.

Harriman Family Foundations Support Work in Harriman-Bear Mountain

The Trail Conference is grateful for the support of the Harriman Family Foundations for their generous $10,000 support of our work on the Spider Hill House interpretive center at Bear Mountain and for their $25,000 support of our trail work in Harriman-Bear Mountain state parks and the West Hudson region.

Thanks to L.L. Bean in Paramus, N.J., for donating 25 packs (a value of $2,000) for use by our Conservation Corps crews serving in parks throughout the region. And a special thank you to Meadtown Cleaners (1483 Route 23 in Kinnelon, N.J.) for helping outfit our Corps crews by professionally sewing the AmeriCorps and Conservation Corps patches on their uniforms and backpacks at nearly half-price. First opened in 1978, this family-owned and operated business provides environmentally friendly, organic dry cleaning, as well as expert custom tailoring.

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