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Updated 8/11/2014


 

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The Organization
Trailwrights, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer organization, the purpose of which is to promote environmentally sound techniques of trail maintenance and safe ethical hiking practices. To this end, Trailwrights has sponsored hundreds of trail maintenance workshops and hiking/backpacking workshops. Trailwrights has also organized the restoration of the New Hampshire Trails Day program.

We are made up of volunteer men and women who enjoy hiking and care about the maintenance and use of hiking trails.

Trailwrights President Ray Jackson gives a "thumbs up" at the Trailwrights paving stone installed at the Old Man of the Mountains memorial, Franconia Notch State Park. The paving stone commemorates the Trailwrights' donation to the memorial.

We're Unique
Trailwrights is the only trail maintenance group of its kind because our emphasis is on education and we do not limit our efforts to any particular trail system. Our leadership has many years of experience in the fields of hiking, trail building and maintenance. We will help wherever it is feasible for us to go.

Who may take advantage of the services provided by Trailwrights? Many local conservation groups, government land management departments, recreation associations and others who are responsible for thousands of acres of New England's most beautiful land. Many of these holdings are laced with trails which do not receive the benefit of regular, essential maintenance.

That's where Trailwrights comes in. We will not take over the maintenance tasks from these groups, but we will show them whatever they need to know to protect their pathways and even help them design and construct new trails to enhance their property.

What We Do
Each project is conducted as an all day workshop involving its participants in the following:

 
Maintenance
Management Planning
Consulting
Trail Planning, Design
Erosion Control
Drainage
Trail Hardening
Rock Step Construction
Bridge Building
Brush and Blowdown removal
Trail Marking - Blazing, Cairns
Tool Use and Safety
Tool Care and Storage

Our work season generally runs from mid-April to mid-November.

In addition, Trailwrights presents as an educational tool, slide/lectures for groups interested in learning what is involved in all aspects of trail maintenance.

We will also prepare programs on specific subjects as requested to go along with hands-on sessions held on our workshops and on your trail systems.

Tools
It is not necessary for you to have your own tools. Trailwrights has a mobile tool trailer with a complete complement of tools allowing us to complete any project.

Requirements
What is required to qualify for help from Trailwrights? All we require is a serious commitment to the care of trails, and volunteers eager to learn and perform the skills that we teach.

There is no fee for our services. Contributions in time or money are greatly appreciated. However, we depend almost completely upon donations to fund our efforts. We also bid on a limited amount of contract work to help defray expenses.

Requesting help

So how do you request the services of Trailwrights? Simply download this Services Request Form, and mail or fax the completed form to the Trailwrights address listed on the form. This form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Hiking
Trailwrights remains active throughout the year by leading hikes designed not only to teach methods, principals and theories of four-season hiking, but also to serve as a forum to indicate examples of good and poor trail work and how they affect the environment.

Trailwrights offers, to the public and its members, hikes and skills workshops such as; map and compass and winter hiking. Hikes vary from easy family to difficult bushwhacks.

Hike descriptions, dates, and locations are listed in our Trailwrights newsletter and on this website. Family participation is encouraged.

Trailwrights provides the popular 72 summits 4000 footers lists.

Who we have helped

The following is a partial listing of the many organizations we have worked with ...

Appalachian Trail Conference
Audubon Society of New Hampshire
Beaver Brook Association
Boy Scouts of America Great Trails Council, MA
Belknap Range Area Trail Tenders B.R.A.T.T.S
Brookline NH Conservation Commission
Chocorua Mountain Club
Cohos Trail Association
Crotched Mt. Rehabilitation Center
Eastern Mountain Sports
Friends of the Holyoke Range, Amherst, MA
Friends of Odiorne Point, Rye, NH
Friends of the Wapack
Gunstock Recreation Commission, Gilford, NH
Hancock New Hampshire Conservation Commission
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Milford New Hampshire Conservation Commission

Miller State Park

Monadnock Sunapee Greenway Trail Club
New England Trails Conference
New Hampshire Department of Corrections Shock Incarceration Unit
New Hampshire Division of Parks
New Hampshire Division of Forest and Lands
Paradise Park Commission, Windsor, VT
Phil Heald Properties, Wilton, NH
Randolph Mountain Club
Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI), Reading, MA
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
Squam Lakes Association
Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition
United States Forest Service Ammonoosuc & Pemigewasset Districts
Wonalancet Outdoor Club

Rick Blanchette - Trailwrights Webmaster
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