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) compete 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 and training needed to complete most trail work.
- Volunteers and paid trail staff are becoming increasingly scarce, 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 legislation and donations.
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
- 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
- Managing administration and data entry to measure results and make intelligent, effective adjustments to the collaborative strategies.
This strategy and infrastructure helps 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.