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Jane and Greg Cook, conservation and coordination leaders, volunteers of month

Greg and Jane Cook are out volunteers of the month for their conservation and volunteer coordination work in the Lehigh Valley.

Greg has served as the AMC-DV Volunteer Coordinator for events occurring at and around AMC’s Mid-Atlantic Conservation Office in Bethlehem.

Both Greg and Jane have a strong interest in conservation and out of this interest they have worked closely with the AMC Mid-Atlantic Conservation staff in supporting a coalition of agencies focused on restoration and maintenance of the Monocacy Creek and its watershed.

Monocacy Creek’s course runs right next to Illick’s Mill where the office is housed, and from there flows through the historic area of Bethlehem.

Greg is currently chairing the Coalition and Jane, a trained Master Watershed Steward, organizes the minutes. Jane maintains the native plant garden at Illick’s Mill and helped plant the stream bank restoration in Monocacy Park. Together they organized this year’s Monocacy Park Day.

We are very proud to have AMC volunteers involved in grass roots conservation efforts like this. Thanks Greg and Jane for your service.

Our Volunteer of the Month program was initiated to recognize volunteers nominated by their peers. Chapter members can nominate volunteers by e-mail to nomination should contain the nominee’s name, reason for the recognition, and name of the nominator. Each nominee name is entered into a random drawing for the Volunteer of the Month recognition. The monthly winners are entered into an annual drawing at the Annual Dinner for a grand prize of a weekend stay at an AMC facility. Nominees must be an AMC member, not a member of the current Executive Committee, and may serve in any volunteer capacity that benefits the Chapter mission in the Delaware Valley area. See the past Volunteers of the Month.

70 years of AT thru-hiking to be celebrated with free event at Pine Grove Furnace August 26

The Appalachian Trail Museum invites all friends of the Appalachian Trail to a celebration of "70 Years Of Thru-Hiking On The Appalachian Trail" on August 26, This free event will be at the Museum, located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, 1120 Pine Grove Rd., Gardners, PA 17324. ... more information

You've never seen the Appalachian Trail like this: Photos from the sky above


AMC's Mark Zakutansky, Director of Conservation Policy Engagement helped set up this event.

Story and lots more photos

Scott Simon, AT Boundary technician, is our 2018 AT Ridge Runner

This year's Appalachian Trail ridge runner is Scott Simon, who brings experience and maturity to this position. having been a ridge runner in the Cumberland Valley two years ago.

In addition, he is employed by Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) during the colder seasons as a corridor boundary technician. In this capacity he works with trail clubs in maintaining and reporting on the integrity of the boundary lines of National Park Service land bought to protect the AT.

The ridge runner program on the Appalachian Trail enters its 26th this year. A ridge runner is an AMC employee who works on the AT five days a week including weekends and holidays between Memorial and Labor Days. His or her job is to meet and greet trail users, educate on Leave No Trace, and help preserve the trail experience for future generations.

Our chapter and the larger AMC have been directly involved in supporting this program in Pennsylvania for all of those years. The program has been coordinated by the ATC and the National Park Service, with a continuing grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The section of trail covered stretches 42 miles from Delaware Water Gap to Lehigh Furnace Gap and includes Wind Gap, Little Gap and Lehigh Gap in northeastern PA, including the 16 miles of the trail maintained by the DV Chapter. There are two other ridge runner programs on the AT in Pennsylvania, one in the Cumberland Valley, and the other in southern PA near Michaux State Forest.

 If you'd like to keep updated on the Ridge Runner program and Scott's experiences on the trail, go to his Facebook page

Volunteer vacations, new for 2018; volunteer trail crews and teen trail crews

Adult Volunteer Vacation participants will lend a hand to maintain trails and do similar work and have some time to enjoy the sights and sounds of different and locals. More info.

For more information on volunteer trail crews and teen trail crews, click here.

Click here for the Appalachian Mountain Club main website.

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