BLACKSBURG, Va. (Nov. 23, 2015) – The New River Valley Trail Crew (NRVTC), a collective effort of local volunteers in the New River Valley area of Virginia, is looking for folks interested in building and maintaining trails, including the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Through a partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and other hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian clubs in Giles and Montgomery County, the NRVTC improves the trail systems that make the New River Valley a national destination for outdoor recreation.
This trail crew is perfect for those who want to get dirty, exercise, learn and teach new skills, and enjoy the camaraderie of trail work. However, crew members do not need to be involved in the field to participate. Car shuttling, networking, and organizing work hikes are just as important as digging tread. It is free to join the crew, and there are no officers or board meetings.
“The New River Valley Trail Crew not only emphasizes skills and safety, but also fellowship,” said the ATC’s Travis Stanley. “Having fun and making new friends, all while doing a valued job that needs to be done, is a crucial component of the crew.”
Job specific personal protective equipment are provided and safety is discussed before every work hike. Trail crew members have access to free skills classes and certifications offered by the United States Forest Service and the ATC.
For more information about the NRVTC, visit www.facebook.com/NRVTC.org. To sign up for the crew, call Travis at 540.904.4392 or email [email protected].
About the New River Valley Trail Crew
The mission of the NRVTC is to work with Trail Clubs, the Eastern Divide Ranger District, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Giles and Montgomery Counties in order to build and maintain the hiking, biking, and equestrian trails found within. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NRVTC.org.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Email: [email protected]