Tag Archives: volunteers

Lacie Tryan, Next Generation Coalition member from Michigan.

Meet Lacie Tryan: Next Generation Coalition Member

Lacie Tryan, Next Generation Coalition member from Michigan. Any fond memories or exciting trail stories you have experienced? “This year, my boyfriend and I hiked the North Country Trail section near the Manistee River in Michigan. Our hike started at Red Bridge River Access, hiking north. We anticipated going the nine miles to reach the suspension bridge – Lower […]

Marty Swank accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from NCTA Board of Directors President Ruth Dorrough (April 2018).

Why I Volunteer: Marty Swank

The North Country Trail Association has an incredible roster of volunteers who build and maintain the North Country National Scenic Trail. Each volunteer has a story of why they’re involved: Here’s Marty Swank’s. Marty, of the Chequamegon Chapter in Wisconsin, earned a Tom Gilbert Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Annual Celebration. This award recognizes 15 […]

Board of Directors President Ruth Dorrough with Rising Star Award winner Luc Albert.

NCTA Celebrates 2018 Annual Award Winners

The North Country National Scenic Trail exists only because of the incredible community that supports it. Each spring, NCTA’s Awards Committee takes nominations for a series of Volunteer Awards that celebrate the efforts of the extraordinary individuals that go that extra mile to make the Trail and NCTA what it is today. Whether they build […]

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Support the Work 2018

As you hike into the woods on the North Country Trail, your mind begins to ease. The sure path ahead of you is calming and reassuring: You have got a place to go if you need it. You start to feel a part of something much bigger as each blue blaze guides you to the […]

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Crews finish their hard work to restore the Kekekabic Trail

  Recently, a significant downfall was cut from across the Kekekabic Trail, an unofficial portion of the NCNST within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern MN. It was the last tree that fell across the western 15 miles of the Kek during last summer’s very strong windstorms to be cut.  These storms left […]

North Country Trail in Fort Custer National Cemetery

by Kenny Wawsczyk, Michigan Regional Trail Coordinator, photos courtesy of Chief Noonday Chapter. Across seven states the North Country Trail has the privilege to traverse through  a wide variety of properties, from large Forest Service land to small parcels in urban areas. In Kalamazoo County there’s a unique property that the NCT is allowed to […]

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How to Get the Best Feeling in the World

Why do you volunteer on the North Country Trail or one of our Affiliate Partners (Buckeye Trail, Superior Hiking Trail, Finger Lakes Trail)? We want to hear your story; please share it here. Help us inspire others to join this amazing community of volunteers. Your story might be the one that inspires someone else to […]

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Blazing Best Practices

With Spring in the air, it’s the time of year where trail maintenance and building goes into full gear. Giving faded blazes a fresh coat of paint is one task, along with blazing any newly-built sections of trail. To find out how you can volunteer for projects like these, contact your local chapter here. by […]

North Country Trail Association is 35 years old!

So today is our birthday!! The North Country Trail Association is 35 years old! by Bruce Matthews, North Country Trail Association Executive Director We’re youngsters compared to some, but that won’t keep us from celebrating. It was on this day in 1981 that the first gathering of about 12 volunteers, including Lance Feild, Ginny Wunsch, […]

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2015 National Park Service Midwest Region Enduring Service Hartzog Award – Mary Coffin

We are happy to announce that Mary Coffin has won the 2015 Midwest Region Enduring Service award for the George and Helen Hartzog Volunteer Awards with the National Park Service. Mary’s work in New York was crucial in the years-long process of gaining approval to route the North Country National Scenic Trail through the Adirondack […]