As this year's field season kicks into high gear, we need your help. Public funding is tightening, transportation costs continue to rise, and we always have shelters to repair and replace. We make the best use of public funding that we can, but we need the support of generous donors like you – now more than ever.
Your support helps the Long Trail, and the Green Mountain Club's field staff as well. Each year a hardy crew of returners shows up in May to help with start up. They tackle some of the less glorious tasks to prepare for the field season: shuttling vehicles to the mechanics for their pre-season check-ups, gathering bark mulch, moving privies, and cleaning the barn. Usually there are a few small trail and volunteer projects to get people ready for the season, too.
New and returning field staff all come ready for work, excited that they will be helping to care for this 101-year old trail. At this early stage, most are not yet fully aware of what it means to lose a little part of yourself to the mud, rocks, roots, and flies – but they'll soon learn.
Please help us reach our goal of 175 online donations by giving today.
Thank you in advance for being among those who give back to the trail!
Kathryn Wrigley, Green Mountain Club Field Assistant
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As a thank you for your donation, we will send you the new 4th edition of Vermont's Long Trail Waterproof Hiking Map – just in time for the hiking season!
2011 Field Season Goals:
4 trail crews to work throughout the summer
5 months of alpine summit coverage on 4 mountaintops
4 months of site work at our busiest shelters
Rebuild or repair at least 2 shelters: this year's priorities are Glen Ellen Lodge, Peru Peak Shelter, Birch Glen Camp, and Tucker-Johnson Shelter (which just burned down in March)