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Mandy Huskey (Gunflint Lodge), Joe DeMuzio, and REI Foundation: Volunteer Spotlight

  2020 Trail Blazer Awards Mandy Huskey, Gunflint Lodge. The Gunflint Lodge is the quintessential, historic Northwoods resort facility on Gunflint Lake that goes back to 1927. They offer the public a variety of lodging opportunities, a fabulous restaurant, and a full service Boundary Waters outfitter operation in far northern Minnesota. Owners John and Mindy Frederickson’s […]

200-Hour Awards 2020: Volunteer Spotlight

  The following volunteers have [respectively] donated over 400 hours of their time to the North Country National Scenic Trail. The National Park Service and North Country Trail Association thank them enormously for their work, and have presented them with NPS Volunteer-in-Parks (VIP) awards.⁠ Please join us in congratulating and thanking them!⁠ Lesley Akre (MI) […]

NPS Volunteer Awards

The National Park Service rewards our NCTA volunteers based on volunteer hours. In 1970, Congress passed the Volunteers-In-Parks Act to allow national parks to use “volunteers for or in aid of interpretive functions, or visitor services or activities.” Since then, volunteers have supported National Park units in many aspects, such as natural and cultural resources, […]