Tag Archives: volunteers

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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 […]

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Chief Noonday Chapter’s New Bridge at Fort Custer Recreation Area

by Larry Pio, Chief Noonday Chapter President When we first built our Trail on the Fort Custer National Cemetery / Fort Custer Recreation Area section (located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Michigan) I think those of us who had hiked on the AT or PCT felt that wading across the stream in the Fort Custer […]

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Everything about the Kekekabic Trail presents a (rewarding) challenge!

The Kekekabic Trail presents some of the most remote and challenging experiences for both hikers and volunteers on the North Country Trail. Matthew Davis, Regional Trail Coordinator for North Dakota and Minnesota gives an insider’s look at this unique section of trail from a recent trail clearing trip. Hikers often find portions of northeastern Minnesota’s […]