"And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul." ~ John Muir
For many of us, the mountains are always calling, because here's what we know to be true about the trails:
- Trail time is good for your physical and mental wellbeing
- The trails provide an opportunity to spend time with family and friends
- The trails support their surrounding local economies
- Our four-legged companions appreciate their time on the trails too!
During this pandemic many of the previously uninitiated discovered the trails as an "escape" and way to connect in a world where we have been asked to maintain distance. While not without its challenges, the increased use of our trails only reinforces that we all seek out the trails to "lose our minds and find our souls" and perhaps also restore our sense of hope, well-being and inner fortitude.
Doing the work required to make trails safe and solid is critical now more than ever. In looking back on 2020, the WMTC is proud to have funded and provided project management for $574k in trail maintenance. And we thank you. Your contributions allowed us to meet our funding goals and complete a successful season.
In looking forward to 2021, we are committed to raising another $500k to fund the projects we're planning with our partners. We hope you'll join us once again in making these projects happen. Learn more about our 2021 Projects here.
The Cold Moon, our highest full moon of the year, has been a shining beacon of light piercing through the darkest and longest of nights - may it illuminate a bright new year ahead for all of us.
Terri Potter, Director of Development
We hope you consider an End of Year Gift to help us succeed in 2021!
12 Successes in 2020
- Implemented safety protocols to forge on with trail stewardship efforts with partner organizations despite the "wrench" of the pandemic
- Expanded our partnerships to include Historicorp, Access Fund and NH State Parks during the 2020 project season.
- Successfully completed our 2020 projects on Cathedral Ledge, Glen Ellis, and mountain bike trails in the Mount Washington Valley
- Participated in NH Gives for the first time, raising $30k in donations
- Launched our new website - with a "from the mountain top" shout-out to JD Greenfield for all his volunteer hours in building the site - we are super grateful!
- Hired three new staff in marketing, development and trail maintenance
- Hosted Senator Jean Shaheen on a site visit of Glen Ellis Falls in support of the Great American Outdoors Act
- Featured on WMUR's NH Chronicle and were filmed for Explore New England TV on NESN (will air in June 2021)
- Initiated our monthly giving program - the Trail Sustainers - in November
- Planning a partnership with Veterans on the 48 for basic maintenance and professional trail crews for the 2021 project season
- Adopted Crawford Path for ongoing trail maintenance
- Continued to develop an impactful voice for trail advocacy - working toward protecting the trails and preserving the legacy.