What is the White Mountain Trail Collective?
Learn about our mission, why we're needed, and what we're doing.
To preserve the legacy of trail stewardship in the White Mountains Region by supporting and enhancing sustainable care of our trails.
Why We're Needed
Despite an abundance of individual efforts and projects...
- Trail maintainers in the White Mountain region (including the Forest Service) are currently competing against one another for the same resources to achieve a common goal.
- Trail clubs and volunteers struggle to obtain the funding needed to hire paid trail crews and acquire the proper tools to do much needed work.
- Many volunteers lack the expertise needed to complete most of the work on trails.
- There is an increasing scarcity of volunteers and paid trail staff, making maintaining infrastructure and trail conditions extremely difficult and improving trail conditions nearly impossible.
- Many organizations lack the knowledge, contacts, or skills to obtain available grant monies, and they don't have an effective way to reach the public or public officials to gain support through donations and legislation.
The White Mountain Trail Collective (WMTC) was established in 2017 to overcome the challenges found throughout the White Mountains and to unite trail supporters and organizations through a collective impact strategy. In 2019, WMTC received 501c3 status.
What We're Doing
WMTC is orchestrating project and volunteer management for on-the-ground efforts, streamlining communication to keep all trail maintainers in-touch and informed, establishing external communications to raise public awareness and obtain funding from all available sources, and managing data entry and administration to measure results and make intelligent, effective adjustments to the collaborative strategies.
This infrastructure will help focus individual and club maintainers' efforts thereby compounding the overall efficacy of their work as well as reducing competition over funding. By freeing clubs of the administrative burden, providing a more strategic allocation and interface with resources, and speaking with a unified voice, trail stewardship in the White Mountains can continue to thrive for generations while protecting the trails and preserving the legacy.