Sixteen volunteers will be selected to participate in the Trail Masters Program – a free, four-day, trail building and trail maintenance certification course – to be held Oct, 7-10, 2013, at the Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, SC. The course, which will be led by Trail Design Specialists Owner Mike Riter, will teach volunteers the latest sustainable trail building and maintenance techniques through classroom and on-trail instruction and demonstrations.
These trained volunteers will be certified to serve as volunteer leaders for The Thread, leading volunteer workdays over the next three years and committing to 40 hours of volunteer service per year. To be considered for the program, applicants must be at least 18 years of age or older. This certification course is being funded by a Women’s Impact Fund grant that will also provide funding for other trail building and outreach initiatives.
“Our Trail Masters Program is a significant and important opportunity for us to train some of our most dedicated volunteers in leadership roles so that they can help us build and maintain segments of the Carolina Thread Trail,” said Travis Morehead, a community coordinator for the Carolina Thread Trail. “We can’t thank the Women’s Impact Fund enough for its generous support and funding for this important work that will help us continue providing trails and supporting our communities.”
Launched in 2011, the Trail Masters Program has already certified 32 volunteers as Trail Masters; The Thread plans to have 48 by the end of 2013. Increasing Trail Masters will allow The Thread to double the amount of volunteer hours specifically dedicated to trail building and maintenance, and increase opportunities to host volunteers workdays throughout the year. Current certified Trail Masters have already registered more than 1,000 volunteer hours since September 2011.
More information about Trail Masters and to apply online for the 2013 course, go the Carolina Thread Trail website, www.carolinathreadtrail.org. Here is a direct link to the online application: http://www.carolinathreadtrail.org/2013-trail-master-course-application/. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in the program by August 27, 2013. Catawba Lands Conservancy is the lead agency for the Carolina Thread Trail.