Sunday, March 30, 2008

Good News
The Bear Mountain section of the Appalachian Trail is being rerouted with sustainable trails.

BEAR MOUNTAIN — Two Appalachian Trails diverged in the woods, and a group of about 15 volunteers yesterday took the one less traveled.

Rather, never yet traveled.

The group is part of a six-year effort to reroute the 3-mile stretch of the 2,147-mile Appalachian Trail extending from Georgia to Maine that cross through Bear Mountain.

Yesterday was the first day of this season's work, which will continue until November.

"The current (Appalachian Trail) that runs through here is very eroded and hard to navigate," said project manager Matt Townsend.

The project is being overseen by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and funded by the conference and several other nonprofit groups. It is expected to cost between $1.5 million and $2 million when it's completed in 2012.

The Appalachian Trail portion of the project has already started. It looks like that will be completed first. Major details can be found at the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Bear Mountain Project page. The section from the Inn to summit is probably the most traveled section of trail, due to proximity to New York City.

And yes, they have a blog.

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