The NCTA honors volunteers for their hard work on and for the North Country Trail.
The awards ceremony is held each year during the annual NCTA Celebration. Those who receive these awards have given exceptional service, often many years’ worth, to the North Country Trail and the North Country Trail Association. There are diverse award categories to represent the myriad of efforts put forth for the Trail.
NCTA Award Categories
NCTA Honor Awards
NCTA Chapter, Affiliate, and Partner (CAP) leaders can also select local volunteers to receive an Honor Award. This award is different in that there is no nomination: The award is guaranteed. Each Chapter, Affiliate, and Partner can select one volunteer (or two in the situation of spouses or partners who are equally fantastic volunteers). The criteria is as follows:
“Chapter or Affiliate volunteers who demonstrate loyalty, commitment, and hard work annually to the local organization’s chosen activities.”
The Fall 2021 Honor Awards window has closed, but there will be more opportunity in 2022. Contact Larry Pio (firstname.lastname@example.org) or NCTA Events Coordinator Abby Whittington (email@example.com) with questions.
National Park Service Awards
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, interpretation and maintenance. In turn, volunteers have been able to give back to communities in some of the most visually captivating, historically rich, and ecologically vital locations our nation has to offer. Volunteers with the North Country National Scenic Trail are included as part of that National Park legacy. Thanks to all the North Country Trail volunteers for your hard work and dedication throughout the years!
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