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Article on the Young Members Leadership Training at Harriman in September, which features our very own Sarah Richardsen! ... link

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State Supreme Court rules leasing public land for fracking betrayed government's constitutional duties ... more

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Ridge Runner Nick Espinosa's latest report on the AT

Above: before and after.

Lefr: Elan, northbound and southbound thru-hikers exchange information.

In some of the news this past week, the couple that had been squatting near Wind Gap for several weeks appears to have moved on, but not without leaving a lot behind which Nick and volunteer Elan helped to remove.

The couch that had been left at the Wind Gap parking lot has been successfully removed, however, the piles of tires at Lehigh Gap may still remain.

There has been an abandoned vehicle at Lehigh Furnace Gap for some time now that should perhaps be followed up on.

Nick joined the Wilmington Trail Club on a trail maintenance day.

Nick continues to clean out and disperse more of the many fire rings on these trail sections, His well written LNT message on reducing fire ring impacts on Facebook was shared by KTA this past week, and the number of subsequent views of that message has risen to over 3,100, which is very high. That message again is here:

Nick's latest full report for the week can be found here.


Margaret McDonald, hike leader, data logger, named volunteer of the month

Margaret McDonald, hike leader and active member of the club, is our Volunteer of the Month..  She has many talents related to her past business experience, and is utilizing these talents to maintain the chapter database, in which she enters data for every mile hiked, and every activity participated in  by chapter members. She has also supported our Treasurer Joe Nanfara when his travels have taken him out of the area by stepping in as a substitute.

She is a positive promoter for AMC in the community. In her life away from AMC, Margaret enjoys being a Tai Chi instructor and spending time in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania.  Thanks Margaret for all your support of AMC.

The Chapter’s Volunteer of the Month program was initiated to recognize volunteers nominated by their peers. Chapter members can nominate volunteers by e-mail to

The 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.

Chapter contributes $2,000 for Lake Nockamixon disabled accessible dock

This is the type of accessibly dock to be built at Lake Nockamixon for canoe and kayak launching.

Our chapter is contributing $2,000 toward the $42,000 safe dock project of the Friends of Nockamixon State Park.

The goal is to make launching a kayak or canoe at Nockamixon a whole lot easier and safer for people with disabilities.

This project connects people to the outdoors and increases diversity, equity and inclusion through providing access to Lake Nockamixon paddling for handicapped individuals.

Nockamixon State Park has provided their environmental education center for our two-day leader training at no cost for approximately 15 years. We also lead an average of two events monthly in the park, both hiking and paddling.

The DV Chapter has a capital reserve fund that is used for public service projects, such as trail development and preservation, and projects like this dock.

Our chapter receives $8 annually from each member’s dues, and uses this for operating expenses. The reserve fund comes from a surplus we developed when we stopped print publication of this newsletter seven years ago, which was consuming almost two thirds of our budget. As a non-profit organization, we must use this money for charitable or public service purposes.

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