Trail Conference Works with West Milford, NJ on Trailhead Signage Project
As part of a joint project with the town of West Milford, NJ, the Trail Conference has developed a prototype informational kiosk to be installed at trailheads in the town. The kiosks are intended to draw attention to the town's expanding network of trails and to provide hikers with information about those trails. It will also draw attention to the Trail Conference's role in building, maintaining, and protecting trails.
In April, a prototype of the kiosk structure was installed on Clinton Road by volunteers Ron Luna, Bob Jonas, and Erik Luna and staff member Chris Inqui. The Trail Conference will produce a map of the local trail system for the kiosk, as well as panels of other relevant information. Funding for the project comes from a 2008/2009 Recreational Trails Grant from the state Dept. of Environmental Protection.
If the prototype endures weather and use, up to 8 more kiosks and over 20 trail crossing road signs, funded by the original grant, will be installed in the town. Trail Conference Executive Director Ed Goodell notes that if the project with West Milford proves successful, the Trail Conference plans to start accepting private donations from entities and private citizens interested in sponsoring additional kiosks throughout the region. A fund would then be created to maintain the kiosks and update the maps and information as needed, he said. This project got its start from the Begin family and friends in memory of Ray Begin.