Saturday, February 1, 2014

Trail Maintenance Program will run again in 2014

Salamander egg treasure.
Collecting and cutting wood.
The Spruce Knob Mountain Center is located in West Virginia, a beautiful state of mountain, rivers, and forests. More than 80% of West Virginia is forested, home to a variety of ecosystems which support a huge biodiversity of salamanders, a thriving population of cold-water loving brook trout, and big-footed snowshoe rabbits.  In part because of excessive logging at the turn of the 20th century, the West Virginia state government took early measures to buy and restore cut-over land and create protected areas. Close to the Spruce Knob Mountain Center lies the Monongahela National Forest and several areas of managed wilderness, within which many kids get the opportunity to camp, backpack, and explore for the first time. With the creation of the Mountain Trail Monitors program in 2013, many young adults also get to participate in trail maintenance and land conservation. In the summer of 2014, the program will run again and be open to interested high-school students. The program, a service-learning alternative to traditional summer camp, is free of charge; food and supplies are provided for. For more information on the program, visit, check out the article on MTM in our newsletter, browse some news coverage, or read a few first-hand stories on our blog from 2013. 
Tromping through the woods.

Credits: First two photos from the archives, third one is Gilman students in Fall, 2013.

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