Association starts steward program for trail
email@example.com The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association is starting a trail steward program with a $9,954 JUDnW IURP 5(,, Dn RuWGRRU RuWfiWWLnJ company.
The new program will help maintain a 12.6mile portion of the Green Ribbon Trail — which connects markside mlace in Upper Gwynedd and cairmount mark in mhiladelphia — according to aennis Miranda, the WVWA’s executive director.
He said money will be used for a number of projects, including to facilitate the steward program.
The association partnered with the REI’s Conshohocken store to earn the award, according to information provided by Cari Reilly, an adminis- trative assistant with the WVWA.
According to Miranda, the funds will be used to train a cadre of volunteers to help maintain the trails and lead people on guided walks.
He said the new program will be launched this fall and that the WVWA hopes to create a trails committee made up of volunteers.
“We hope to have the new volunteers in the fiHOG Ey 2014,” 0LUDnGD VDLG.
Trail stewards will receive extensive training through the Trail Ambassador program created by WVWA’s sister organization, the criends of the Wissahickon, according to the news release.
Ultimately, the stewards will help strengthen the WVWA’s relationship with the communities where the trails and preserves are located, according to Miranda.
“This new initiative will allow the associa- tion to improve trail conditions, expand the use of our trails for passive recreation and develop the capacity to respond faster to damage such as downed trees,” he said in the prepared statement.
REI, which describes itself as the nation’s largest consumer cooperative, donates millions of dollars annually to support conservation efforts nationwide, according to stewardship information at www.rei.com
It states that the company sends dedicated teams of volunteers— members, customers and REI employees — to build trails, clean up beaches, restore local habitats and more.
$ nRnSURfiW ODnG WUuVW IRunGHG Ln 1957 WR SURtect the quality and beauty of the Wissahickon Creek, the WVWA currently protects more than 1,2000 acres of natural open space and manages more than 21 miles of walking paths.
The Green Ribbon Trail crosses the Wissahickon Creek in Upper Gwynedd Township.