2010 CFPA Trails Committee Dinner

Last night was the annual Connecticut Forest & Park Association Trails Dinner. Once a year, the CFPA Trails Committee comes together to honor each other for their tremendous support of the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails. These 825+ miles of hiking trails make Connecticut the best trails state in the country.

I always post about the Trails Dinner because it is important to recognize the long-time volunteers that maintain the wonderful trail system that many outdoor enthusiasts use. I am a member of the CFPA board of directors, but I would support the trails even if I wasn’t actively involved.

Many members of the Trails Committee are aging. It is evident that they won’t be able to do this back-breaking work forever. We need a new generation of volunteers. One tradition of the dinner is that each member stands and introduces him or herself and explains their connection to the trails while highlighting which trail section they maintain. People rose and called out the Shenipsit, Mattatuck, Nipmuck, Mattabesett, Lone Pine, and others. It was fabulous to see the people who make the trails so great.

One highlight of the dinner was the raffle. Our four-year old son won the grand prize raffle, a hazel hoe, which is one of the classic trail building tools in any trail builders kit. It was noted that one of the youngest people in the room got an early lesson in what it takes to make something great. Here is to generation next!

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