About WMTC.

What is the White Mountain Trail Collective?
Learn more about our mission, why we're needed, what we're doing, and who is behind WMTC.

Our Mission

To preserve the legacy of trail stewardship in the White Mountains Region by supporting and enhancing sustainable care of our trails.

Sign that reads: protect the trails, preserve the legacy

Why We're Needed

Despite an abundance of individual efforts and projects...

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Many volunteers lack the expertise needed to complete most of the work on trails.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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 maintainer’s 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.

Board of Directors


Matthew Smith


Matt ran the commercial temperature controls division of a contracting company in Upstate New York. During his tenure, Matt supervised the installation of $17mm dollars in projects. He has attended New England Mountain Biking Assoc.(NEMBA) trail work training and has worked on weekend, trail projects at Highland Mountain Bike Park, NEMBA trails in MA, and huts & trails in the Carrabassett Region of Maine. He has also worked with AMC’s Camp Dodge during volunteer days.

After serving as WMTC's Executive Director from 2016-2018, Matt was named President of the Board. Matt was previously a member of NEMBA for nine years.


Michael Stonebraker


Michael is an avid hiker, and has hiked all the 4,000 footers in the White Mountains.

A pioneer of database research and technology for 40+ years, Michael was the architect of the INGRES relational DBMS and the object-relational DBMS, POSTGRES. These prototypes were developed at the University of California at Berkeley, where Stonebraker was a Professor of Computer Science for 25 years.

More recently, at MIT, he co-architected the Aurora/Borealis stream processing engine, the C-Store column-oriented DBMS, the H-Store transaction processing engine, the SciDB array DBMS, and the Data Tamer data curation system. He also serves as Chief Technology Officer of Paradigm4 and Tamr, Inc.


Paul Cunha


Paul is the Vice President of Operations for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Starting in 1981, Paul has held various positions including White Mountain Trails Operations Manager, in the mid-90s, and is currently responsible for trails, shelters, Camp Dodge, lodging destinations, capital projects, operational support, and IT. His office is located at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, and he manages operations throughout the AMC region—from the Delaware Water Gap, in NJ, to Mount Desert Island, in ME.

Paul and his wife Carol live in Jefferson, NH and enjoy hiking, world travel, and gardening.


Paul Gannon


Paul is the New England Experiences Manager at REI. He oversees the region's experiential programs and guide teams, training, risk management, and programming budgets, as well as REI’s local partnerships with land managers and community organizations. Paul works closely with REI's retail leaders and teams to align and build compelling experiences for REI members and customers.

Paul enjoys many outdoor recreation activities and tries to get outside as much as possible.


Rachelle Lyons


Rachelle is a  Professor of Environmental Studies at Plymouth State University. Rachelle has a passion for environmental sustainability. Professor Lyons is currently doing research on food systems and freshwater resources. She said, "a lot of people don’t make connections between food systems and stream stewardship." A lot of her research connects because, "food production agriculture, is the number one user of freshwater resources and the number one polluter of fresh water."

Rachelle is also an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking, climbing, skiing and mountain biking.